Why We Have To Buy Our Candidates

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Jim Ketchum of the Port Huron, MI Times Herald gets right to the heart of the matter:

“Say what you will about democracy in America, neither major party is interested in seeing democracy get out of hand behind a strong third party movement… There is only so much power, influence and money to go around. Why should Democrats and Republicans share the wealth with a bunch of upstarts over whom they will have little or no control?”

May 19, 2012: Times Herald: Jim Ketchum: With America’s two parties, democracy only goes so far

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  1. Robert B. Winn June 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Independent voters are not going to defeat party candidates in elections by imitating party candidates. At one time even party members liked the idea of free and open elections, and in my lifetime, there were states like Tennessee where an independent candidate could run for President of the United States in the general election with as few as 23 nomination petition signatures. As the number of independent voters increased, so did the ballot access requirements. In Arizona, the state where I live, an independent is required to get 23,000 signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate for statewide office, while a Republican or Democrat running for the same office has to get about 4,000. The fact that party-appointed federal judges habitually uphold un-Constitutional nomination petition requirements for independent voters gives party members and some independent voters the idea that the power of the two major parties cannot be broken. The problem the two major parties have is that their best efforts to stop independent voter registration have only increased it. So now they are like Bashar Assad in Syria, trying to maintain an absolute control they are going to lose.
    When independent candidates run for office, they should maintain a difference between party candidates and themselves. They should solicit no contributions, make no expenditures, seek no publicity, not worry about winning or losing.
    At one time, pretty much all candidates for office were that way. Candidates who spent large sums of money trying to get elected were likely to become unpopular. Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States with a campaign of $600, all collected and spent at the Republican convention on cigars and whiskey by his cousin, Dennis Hanks. Party politicians of today are too corrupt, too expensive, and too incompetent to leave in office. They need to be opposed by independent candidates.
    The two-party system is on its last legs. I have written a book about this subject called, Independence, by Robert B. Winn, which is now available at Amazon books for the price of $3.95.

    Robert B. Winn


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