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Posted by on Mar 7, 2008 in Politics | 9 comments

The Two-Party Mass O’ Junk: My Hope!

I waded into the Democratic and Republican sea because I was drawn to the first viable black presidential candidate, Senator Barack Hussein Obama (middle name games don’t work on me). I followed Senator Obama’s run and in the process followed the runs of all the Democratic and Republican candidates. MSM, blogs, flash cards, you name it. I was thoroughly engaged in the process. But the recent news cycles of NAFTA-gateness, 3am-ism (which is a fine time for one last drink), Monster-stuff, Prez Bush McCain lovin’, Obama-Clinton: Who’s tougher (I’d whoop ’em all blind-folded), Oh Canada?!?!, along with assorted blogospheric partisan hackery has slapped me straight.

I’m disengaging myself from the process and it feels so good! I’m home again…

I’ve never voted for a Democrat or Republican since I abhor the two-party system and all their respective games, phases, cycles, chants, and cadences. I’ve always picked a third party and voted for that party to protest the Big 2. And I will do the same in the 2008 Presidential Election.

Since I’m now disengaged from the Big 2’s Battle Royal, my mind is now clear. And with a clear mind, I start hoping for things. And I have one hope that would add all kinds of intrigue to the Big 2’s School Dance: Senator Obama suspends his campaign for the Democratic nomination and runs for POTUS as an independent.

I… would… absolutely… pass… out… in… utter… euphoria!

I can see the headlines now:

Obama renounces the Dems! Goes Indie!

Guts or Guile or Something Else: Obama’s Independent Run

Can Clinton and McCain fight off the renegade Obama?

I Told Ya He Was A Muslim! He goes against BOTH PARTIES AND AMERICA! (obligatory far wing headline)

What would the Democratic Party do? What would those Dem VIPs who support Senator Obama now do? What would those who are registered Democratic voters do? Stick by Senator Obama or support Senator Clinton the Democrat? And don’t get all giggly, Republicans. Senator Obama has pulled independent voters from the same pool as Senator McCain has. And Senator Obama’s primary turnout beats the oatmeal out of Senator McCain. You really think that Senator McCain would actually benefit from an Obama Indie Run? Methinks not too much.

And how could I forget black Democrats that support Senator Obama. Will they fold back into the party for Senator Clinton or will they continue to support and vote for Senator Obama? Of course the “low key bigot arm” of America will say that Senator Obama really is the “Black President” if black folks support his independent run for POTUS (“Obama’s leading a BLACK PARTY” would be one headline among many). The sheer cycles of news that an independent run for POTUS by Senator Obama would change global weather patterns. Not to mention the amounts of oxygen that would have to be administered to the MSM and blogosphere punditry. I would vote for Senator Obama just to do my part in stirring the pot. Then I would drop him like a candy wrapper.

As a third party protest voter (glad to be back), seeing that monkey wrench get thrown into the 2008 Election Machinery would be just desserts for a system that thrives on controversy, name-calling, hubris, hustling, lying, pandering, and downright silliness. My hope for an independent presidential run by Senator Obama would probably add to that. But that’s a small price to pay to watch a three way “war of the roses” and all the associated dynamics.

I don’t believe in Senators McCain, Clinton, or Obama. They are all empty suits to me. Real change starts from the bottom. In the roots. With the citizenry. And all three of them can’t solve any problems since they are well wrapped in their respective parties’ casing like a good “bad” deli hot dog. With the casings they have, they are insulated from the “real deal” (just watch CNBC for some of the real deal) in America. Will we ever stop with this old and well-worn game?

Till then: Obama/Bloomberg ’08 – Independent you silly geese!

** I have a friend who wants to see Senator Obama do the same this election season but her reason is rooted in the “Senator Clinton will do anything to win and has tarnished the Democratic Party” angle (I believe the both parties have been tarnished for a long time). She does have some interesting points that offer more meat than I just did. I will post about that at a later time. MAYBE… **

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  • PaulSilver

    Your revulsion is understandable. So perhaps you can redirect your attention to the non partisan groups that aim to level the playing field for moderates, centrists and independents.

    http://www.fairelectionsnow.org/more/supporters

  • Thanks for the link Paul. I’m no anarchist looking to cause chaos for chaos sake. I just can’t tolerate politics “American style” anymore. It’s so petty and vile.

  • DLS

    Actually, Obama can do it if Clinton engineers a nomination and Obama clearly retains a good deal of support. If Lieberman can do it, why not Obama? heh

  • DLS

    Consider how a threat by Obama to go independent if the superdelegates misbehave or if Florida and Michigan are improperly handled would affect the course of events from now on.

  • Macan

    T-Steel…I would beg you to reconsider.

    I was reading a couple of biographies of Winston Churchill recently (Manchester’s “The Last Lion”). Churchill was one of the great inspirational politicians of modern history…but he had to fight in the trenches against much pettiness and viciousness.

    He could give as good as he got too. That is the nature of politics.

    There is nothing to be gotten in this life without struggle. It is the struggle that defines us…and the titans endured incredible struggles.

    I would argue that we have it easy today, in contrast to the past. Recently I was watching a program on the Civil Rights movement…and marchers in linked arms walking forward into a cannon of water…and then police whacking them with clubs.

    Yet, one can see those images, and then read King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and be startled by the careful reason of his words…and its contrast to the appalling events in the society around him.

    Could I have done the same…or retained moderation in the face of brutal racism and oppression? I wonder….

    It is a messy, hard business…no doubt…but one should not resign the field when one can actively contribute to make the world better with one’s voice…as you can.

  • GeorgeSorwell

    Does this mean you’ll have time to fix the comments now?

    ; )

  • DLS

    “He could give as good as he got too. That is the nature of politics.”

    He didn’t need to be elaborate or immortal in his choice of words, either:

    “You’re drunk!” “And you’re ugly, but tomorrow I’ll be sober.”

  • I did it all for you George. That’s why I’m deep-sixing Disqus comments this weekend.

    Macan, Winston Churchill would be figuratively burned at the stake in today’s political environment. He was raw, honest, and forceful. That’s called being a “loose cannon” these days.

    I don’t run from fights. But to parse EVERY DAMN WORD a presidential candidate or surrogate says is sad and sickening. It’s too much.

  • domajot

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that real change can only begin at the grass roots level. That implies a cultural change, though, a very tall order, indeed.

    We talk about politics as if it were something that existed outside of the people who participate in a political process. We forget that politics is just life, in a sense. It’s what happens when people get together for any purpose, whatsoever. Cliques of schoolyard friends do politics. Before that, siblings play family politcs.

    Politics is what we, the people, make it to be. If we can’t change our character, it doesn’t much matter what party label we adopt. It’s still the sane old ‘us’ , seeing opponents as the devil incarnate and friends as untarnished angels.

    The problem with withdrawing from politics altogether is, IMO, that whether I participate or not, decisions will be made that will impact my life right where I live, on a very persoanl level. I cast my vote in the hope that it helps elect someone that will harm me and my country the least. It’s easier if I thnk a candidate might actually help. but it’s never black and white or good vs evil.

    That’s what life is, isn’t it? Just finding the best we can reasonably hope for.

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