As defined by Ind. Code § 3-5-2-30, there are two extremely unequal classes of citizens in terms of political and electoral rights, powers, privileges and immunities in Indiana:
Those associated with the two private organizations called “Major Political Parties” (Democratic party partisans and Republican party partisans), and,
This violates the equal protections clause of the USA Constitution’s 14th amendment, “No State shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
So, today I mailed in my $400 check and complaint to the Terre Haute Division of Indiana’s US Southern District Court to seek remedy of this violation of both Indiana and federal constitutions.
Should I win the suit, the benefits would apply to all citizens of Indiana. After all, the non-MPP-associated citizens now greatly outnumber those who get the special perks and immunities. Many Hoosiers feel disenfranchised by a system they know to be corrupt and sold-out and bought-off long ago. Many have stopped voting, and worse, stopped caring. Most feel pretty helpless. An increasing number are talking violence (which is pretty stupid talk if they won’t even change the way they vote!).
This is so unnecessary…
Attached is a public-distribution version of the complaint as sent to the US Southern District Court, Terre Haute Division.
Please start talking about the horrible, criminal, unsustainably bad political corruption we suffer. Talk about this case, and everything that relates to the sellout of our nation by politicians and their owners who feel no pressure to change anything.
Remember; while our so-called approval ratings of politicians have dropped to an all-time low, incumbent reelection rates have risen to all-time highs. It’s stupid to say we hate this mess with our mouths; then say we love it with our votes!
There is only one poll politicians and their operators care about, after all; and that’s the one on Election Day, when We The People foolishly keep reelecting and reelecting the same !@#$ crony system, same incumbent politicians and parties, over and over without any electoral clue that we’re upset about anything.
And courts are much more swayed by public mood than by law. We need to change our sheepish, fuzzy-headed, misinformed and yet divided-against-ourselves mood.
Get mad…at the right people!
Write letters to the editor, break taboos, talk about it with acquaintances, express it in interpretive dance and music…we must get the message out that we have bigger problems than deflated footballs and absurd POTUS candidates…and that we can fix this one.
The United States Constitution has a fine Preamble. But the preamble is just a preamble. The USA Constitution’s first words of actual law follow immediately after that one-sentence preamble. This sentence is Article I, Section I:
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
That one sentence says that only Congress can make federal laws. In the context of the rest of the constitution, it very plainly says that no other person, group or entity whatsoever, can make federal laws. Only Congress can make federal laws. Nobody else gets any legislative powers at all. None. Žádný. Nada. 无. Zero. कोई नहीं.
I have not emphasized that nearly as much as our founders did, but I will repeat it one more time: Alllegislative Powers are in Congress, and no federal legislative authority exists anywhere else.
Not in courts, not in Executive offices, not in bureaucracies, not in the UN. Нигде. Nowhere. Πουθενά. Nulle part. In nessun luogo. في أي مكان.
Is that pretty clear?
Well, no; apparently not. Because while our busy bee US Congress does write too !@#$ many laws these days, they only write a few hundred per year. Executives, by expansion of the once-reasonable “Executive Order” process, write what amount to at least scores of laws per year, and they execute them. Judges, in very real effect, write and rewrite hundreds of laws per year.
Bureaucrats, minding other people’s business from “Executive Agencies” actually write many thousands of “federal[i]” regulations per year…over THIRTY TIMES AS MANY rules as do the only people authorized to write federal laws at all.
Originally, by design, there were two species of congress people:
US House Reps were numerous and up for rehire…or better yet, firing, every two years. Our founders actually expected they’d be more numerous per capita than today by far, and that We The People would pretty frequently fire them in favor of new, untainted representation. These hundreds, or better yet, thousands of reps, were to be too numerous and temporary to build the fiefdoms and cliques we see today. And this mass of representatives was to have tremendous power; more in most respects than any other part of federal government.
US Senators were originally appointed by state legislators to be the representatives of state sovereignty. States, in the true meaning, are like Germany and Australia…sovereign governing units. And this sovereignty was to be represented and protected in government. Senators were to be few, and focused in their intention to limit the growth of centralized “federal” power. That was killed with the 17th Amendment; and what used to be States are now more like administrative districts. Even so, our founders would be horrified that we neverfire these people.
So lawmaking was placed entirely into the hands of people who could be fired at regular intervals; or, as in the case of US Senators, immediately recalled! And even though instead of just 535 we ought to have a few thousand lawmakers, it’s still a tiny number of lawmakers compared to the nearly 3 million bureaucrats in 70 federal agencies who’ve over time acquired varying degrees of legislative, executive and judicial powers in violation of Article I Section I, Article II Section I, and Article III, Section I.
By what is still constitutional design (the constitution has never been amended to allow what’s happening today), bad laws could be easily eliminated or nullified by hiring people who’d see the severed heads of former misbehaving congresscritters rolling out of DC, and write only those laws that actually served common interests.
But damn our foolishness! We’ve come to believe it when judges say they’re all powerful. And we certainly obey the various rules, regulations, laws and decrees excreted by the DHS, BLM, HHS, EPA, FDA, CIA, Etcia, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera… Why?
Well, because nobody ever reads constitutions, that’s why. Nobody knows their purpose and power. And nobody wants to “rock the boat.”
Bureaucrats say they’re just doing their jobs…that Congress and Presidents and Judges and gravity created their agencies, and that they’re just doing their best to fulfill their agency’s charter. They don’t even know they’re violating our constitutions and everything reasonable.
By poll numbers and my own observations, it seems that an unprecedented number of people are waking up to the reality that the Ds and Rs are part of a locked-arm collusion against us. Very few are yet willing to put in such simple terms, or act on that reality, of course. In fact I’ve never seen/heard so many people say they don’t see any reason to vote anymore. Many now understand that elections are to at least a degree and in some way, rigged, so they are thinking of staying home next Election Day.
This is GREAT!
It means the passionate few among us will not only have a greater, disproportionate effect on Election Day, but we also, in discussions with these discouraged voters, need to convince them of only three things; none having anything to do with messy and contentious partisan ideology:
If you’d go and vote for the Two Party System again, then you’re right…you’ve got no fight in you, and you’d just be another drop in the bad guy’s big bucket. They own you. But at least you don’t want to voluntarily approve them, so just stay home. Let the rest of us try our might against this mess.
The only votes that count for positive change, the only votes that could shake the world, are those against the status quo and for an alternative…any alternative…to the Two Party System. If you don’t see that, or if you aren’t willing to try, you really aren’t mad enough yet, or don’t yet see the problem.
Voting is the power of protest, of saying NO, and of peaceful revolution. That’s really its only useful quality. We’ve been using it as just a poker chip up to now, but we really could fire the bums on Election Day. It’s just a choice.
Number one is the easiest. But it should be invoked only on those who’re truly hopeless; the real sheep among us. Sadly, they will be many. Don’t worry; the passionate few always move destiny. The sheep really don’t matter in social change. They will follow when there’s a new shepherd.
Number two should be pretty simple, but it’s not easy to convince people that we’ve not even tried in the last century. We’ve allowed the Ds and Rs to write illegal regulations granting them huge advantages over other parties and candidates, and they’ve used that advantage to entrench themselves against us. So, yes, there is extensive fraud. I know that. But if even a third of the people change their hearts and minds and choose to vote in favor of a new government, and if the powers that be try to fudge the elections to swing it their way once again, we’d all know about it. And that would lead to new levels of energy and action.
Number three will be hard. We’re tribal, cliquish creatures, after all. We paint our faces at football games, for Pete’s sake. But we’ve got to convince people that the corruption that they suspect is worse than they think, because it is. They’ve got to get mad at the Ds and Rs, and vote that way.
 However, I must note that I’ve never been very good at determining who are the sheep, and who will become the next shepherds (it’s easy to spot the wolves). I’ve observed that the educated, comfortably middle class are most likely to be wasted time; while the roughest, least comfortable among us are more likely the gems. Angry young black men, redneck whites, poor illegal aliens who’ve been working hard to get ahead, may be a whole lot smarter and more aware of their surroundings than you think. I’ve been favorably surprised many times by society’s untouchables, and I’ve almost always been sorely disappointed by the well-coiffed and well-heeled.
Only two private clubs, operating under their own rules, yet as a quasi-governing cartel to suppress competition and grant themselves special powers, in violation of both the federal 14th Amendment and the Indiana Constitution’s Article I Section 23, have illegally taken over three estates of civil government – legislative, executive and judicial, at nearly every level of USA government.
I’ve preliminarily documented this here, here, here, here and here (these links copied below in case you receive this as plain text. Other supporting information available upon request).
It’s on this hope that I ask you examine my case, and come to your own conclusions.
I’ve been advised that, while my case is rock solid on fact, merit and law, no court in Indiana, federal or state, would hear my case. It would almost surely be immediately dismissed “with prejudice” as are so many other complaints against our rogue leaders. So I take my case to you.
Please consider the gravity of my charges; and consider that you and your loved ones are also affected by our society’s worst, and potentially fatal problem.
Please do me a favor and write letters to the editor, to your local radio and print broadcast, regarding a terrible, destructive, unconstitutional and criminal scam that’s been worsening for the past one hundred years.
The private clubs we call the Demoratic and Republican parties have, as you know, granted themselves special status, powers and advantages. Taxpayers are forced to pay for political primaries that involve only Ds and Rs, and which give them a year’s head start in public attention, fundraising, and organization. Only Ds and Rs can have Precinct Committeemen, people with many quasi-governmental powers, yet none of the restraints. Only Ds and Rs can be on election-related committees – only they count the votes, make appointments and fill public office vacancies. Only Ds and Rs can have electors, who really choose the President of the United States of America.
I’ve been advised that, while my case is rock solid on fact, merit and law, no court in Indiana, federal or state, would hear my case; at least not until there’s some public attention on this ongoing crime. Without at least a little public attention, my suit would almost surely be immediately dismissed “with prejudice” as are so many other complaints against our rogue leaders. So I take my case to you.
Please consider the gravity of my charges; and consider that you and your loved ones are also affected by our society’s worst, and potentially fatal problem.
If you’d like some supporting information to mull over, besides the links above, these might help:
George Washington, among others, warned us about political parties. Andrew Jackson waged war on the “den of vipers” central bankers. Woodrow Wilson described the “worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world.” Dwight Eisenhower revealed a “military industrial complex.”
Even today’s politicians scold us about political corruption. Yet here we are with a government that’s embarrassingly, destructively, violently corrupt. It’s danged peculiar we all talk like we know it and then vote as if we don’t.
So I propose we make some changes. I intend to directly attack the monopolistic cartel we call the Two-Party System — a system based upon special deals for special people, and those special people have built amazing defenses against us regular folks.
To make those changes I will need help. For despite the Indiana Constitution’s clear mandate in Article I Section 12 that “Justice shall be administered freely, and without purchase;” or the First Amendments’ unequivocal right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, our taxes do not pay for justice.
Sure, they pay for courts, lawyers and judges and such, not to mention professional sports, abortions in China, investments by Puerto Ricans and studying the gambling habits of monkeys. But your day in court? You pay through the nose for that.
For example, you’re not allowed to represent yourself in certain kinds of cases, one being a class-action suit that I’d like to press. And lawyers who would take such a case cost more money than any 100 of us 99 percenters could ever afford. That’s firewall #1 of “the system.”
Therefore, I can only bring suit on behalf of myself. Since nobody will tell you how to do that mysterious, legalistic, intentionally difficult thing, and since I’m no lawyer (we shouldn’t need them in almost all cases!), I’m only guessing how to do this. Here is my first draft: wedeclare.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/andys-complaint.pdf
And because there are special Latinate incantations for everything, including representing yourself, I will be precariously pro se. That still costs a lot of money, of course, and if I don’t fill out my forms correctly, or if I misspell Suvoir Dire, my case could be, ab irato, “dismissed with prejudice,” res judicata, with “collateral estoppel,” and absolutum dominium ad infinitum. I’d never even see the courtroom. That’s firewall #2.
And to whom would I be making this appeal? People who make their living off of all the division and discord created by corruption; people who are elite members of the private clubs we call the Democratic and Republican parties; people who have no desire to see me win my case and every reason to make me lose it. That’s firewall #3.
Finally, even the best, most fair-minded judges would understand that I’m seeking a huge structural, systematic change to our society and would be fearful of repercussions from making a correct, constitutional, fair judgment. What I’m asking, you see, would fundamentally change the way the United States works. That is firewall #4 (with an alligator-infested moat).
If I would make it to court, after breaching the various obstacles of legal discovery and more paperwork, it could end up costing me even more should the judge invoke lex talionis and make me pay all legal fees plus any pain and suffering I might cause the rich and mighty.
So, again, I could use some help. There are lawyers who are interested in true justice and hate corruption. There are people who have successfully fought “the system.” There are those who could support this project in innumerable ways. If you are one of them, please contact me here.
I am, and have been for quite a while now, truth be known, a progressive liberal.
No, I am not a “classical liberal,” since that implies something has changed since the words’ first invocation. Nothing has changed. Wicked people are still twisting language; and idiots are still falling for it.
Let others defend their moniker or change it – I am a Progressive Liberal.
“Progressive” as in “progress,” from the Latin progressus – to move forward as opposed to backward; and “liberal” from the Latin liberalis – liberty, bountiful, befitting a free man.
People like John Locke described “Liberalism,” like “libertarian” and “liberation,” as freedom from political oppression, and as the right to life and property; as opposed to the Divine Right of Kings. To liberals of even as recently as a century ago, liberalism was advanced through the Rule of Law, which meant that nobody, including the King, was above a uniform, equal application of law. All (meaning all humans) were to be treated as equals under law. No special categories or classes whatsoever.
We still use liberal that way when speaking of other nations. For instance, when China liberalized trade, that meant their government relaxed its iron grip on it. When the former Soviet-socialist nations liberalized, they adopted free market and personal rights reforms.
That is liberalism, by history, etymology, and all but the most silly, recent, and USA-only use. It is the opposite of authoritarian socialism.
People like Immanuel Kant invoked “Progressivism” as movement away from barbaric authoritarianism, and toward peace and technological progress. Moving forward meant moving away from almighty government and its tribal-drum-beating conformists. Experimentation and progress requires freedom, you know. So “Progressive” and “Liberal” really go together very well in their proper use.
“Conservatives,” on the other hand, had always rejected notions of classless individualism and egalitarianism, and promoted hierarchy under a distinct ruling class; and often hereditary at that.
So, where are we today? We have hereditary rulers, practically speaking. We definitely have a ruling class we’ve empowered over almost every physical aspect of our lives; even allowing them to determine the value of our currency. You and I have no “rights” they cannot seize for any number of political whims. “The Patriot Act,” and other similar euphemysticism, is all about gutting the rule of law and everything our founders, as well as thinkers like Locke and Kant were all about. With something cynically deemed “historic” every day now (literally historic, as in regressing to pre-Hammurabic barbarism), we’ve become lock-stepping, militarized, book-burning fascists.
I do not use that word “fascist” lightly or without cause. Look up how Mussolini defined his corporatist variation of socialism, and you’ll see that the USA is and has been for some time, fascist. Mussolini himself declared FDR a fine fascist.
I wish I were making that up.
But even “fascist” is just a repackaging of humanity’s ancient default state of brutish-dumb, tribal, Obey-The-Alpha authoritarianism. Probably the best term for this is Regressive Conservatism, since it’s what we fall back to when we stop fighting what’s most stupid in all of us…
Since Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt started a “Progressive Movement” in the USA, that regressive conservatism is what “Progressive Liberal” in modern parlance has become.
In other words, our use of those labels has almost completely flipped. I say “almost” because “conservatism” now means close to the same thing as it did before; which is to say it means the same thing as “progressive liberal” does to most people today.
In other-other words, what we now call “liberal,” “progressive,” “conservative,” “Democratic” or “Republican” all means the same thing: stone-age authoritarianism, self-aggrandizing tribalism, misguided technology, and perverted “science.” The supposed opposition of the various incorporated factions are based upon false dichotomies that work very well to manipulate y’all (our language’s only distinct second-person personal pronoun) and distract you from the massive corruption that’s lining the rulers’ pockets and consolidating their power.
Words are important. Words start and end wars. Words are laws and contracts. Words can bring tears of happiness, or pain. How we use words can wound or heal or kill or repair. Words can enslave, and words can set free.
I think it’s time we reclaim our language. We must start using our ears to hear and our minds to discern (I should be able to say, “discriminate,” but that word has become a twisted and destructive invective of late).
And, dammit, we must speak truth to power.
I, for one, intend to use words properly. I am a true Progressive Liberal. And I’m hoping that all who see the corruption and violence we call “government” as a threat, and who seek peace (the kind without theft and explosions…you know, real peace), justice (real justice), equality (real equality) and freedom (yeah, real freedom), will also reclaim that once-honorable moniker.
And now for something that’s very “politically incorrect.”
We need to start shaming people.
It’s already happening from the other side, of course. They try to shame us for believing truth, speaking truth, or being human. More than shame us, they invoke the heavily armed might of armies, jails, cops and fines to force their politifaith upon us.
It’s time we shame them for their lies, their absurd, violent, thieving and self-destructive madness. They nullify our laws, our history, our culture. Let’s nullify their lawlessness, amoral fantasies and oppressive self-indulgence.
We have allowed too much intrusion on life, liberty, contracts and property.
So, shame on those who put their faith in politics as some benevolent god. Shame, shame on those who still intend to vote for this monstrous “Two Party System” puppet show. And shame on those whose Newspeak has made wrong right and right wrong, as nearly all of us goosestep to the precipice.
In one way or another (and I’m hoping we use the peaceful means our founders bequeathed us), what we need is another 1776 to move us forward from all this horrendous, death-spiralling, 1984.
Nearly all of what we call “issues” — the unraveling economy, a ridiculous healthcare system, rising prices, even militarized police and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — are just symptoms and side effects of a much worse problem.
It makes all our talk of ideology, libertarian versus authoritarian, or even “left” versus “right,” whatever those mean anymore, not just irrelevant but a costly distraction. The problem is corruption; we have a crony-network-crime-ring running the nation and much of the world. Here is what can be done about it in three steps:
First, take away the unconstitutional special powers and immunities seized by the private clubs called the Democratic and Republican parties. We shouldn’t have parties at all, really. Equality under law is fundamental justice, and mandated by Indiana Constitution’s Article I, Section 23. So let’s defrock these charlatans and thieves. Let independents and third parties have equal rights to election-related commissions and ballots. End primary elections, which implicitly provide more money, public attention, free advertising and media promotion to only Democrats and Republicans at the actual expense of all alternatives. End the special powers and immunities of precinct committeemen, which only Democratic and Republican parties are allowed. In case you think that having written special powers and privileges into Indiana Code make the self-appointed “major” political parties legit, Indiana Constitution’s Article I, Section 25 makes it clear that legislation cannot transgress the constitution. Read it; much like the U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment, it’s the single most important sentence in Indiana Law.
Second, kill central banking. Yes, audit the Federal Reserve Bank system, repudiate unconstitutional/illegal debts and otherwise clean up the mess. Andrew Jackson was right — moneychangers are inherently “…a den of vipers and thieves…” and we must rout them out. Sound money is critical to freedom, so ending the accounting tricks and thieving traps of central banks is the single most important step. That’s why it’s constitutionally mandated by the Indiana Constitution’s Article 11 Sections 3 and 7, as well as the U.S. Constitution’s Article I Section 10. But it’s highly unlikely we’ll be able to address the bankers until we take away their two-party puppet show diversions. Look at the campaign donations from the financial sector and you’ll see why this is step two.
Third, stand down the Empire. Our fear-aggression syndrome isn’t just costly and destructive, it makes us less secure, less prosperous, and certainly less free. Not only have all our wars since WWII been unconstitutional but the actual design of our military has been unconstitutional since 1903 by the federal constitution’s Article I Sections 8 and 10, Article II Section 2, the Second and Fifth Amendments, as well as Indiana’s Article 2 Section 9, and Article 12 (the whole thing). This also should be done immediately, but it’s unlikely that most people will see just how bad it has become (and how right Dwight Eisenhower was about it) until we unmask this monster by taking away that crony-network-crime-ring. Also, look at the campaign donations from the military-industrialist sector. Look at how no state of sustained warfare can exist without debt-based fiat currency. You’ll see why this is step three.
Joe Biden, proving that even a broken clock is right twice a day, said: “Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism.” Very well, let’s make 2016 the year we do that right.
I wrote this many years ago now. Immigration isn’t the issue du jour at present, but just wait…we haven’t fixed anything yet…
Laws are words; let’s get them straight. “Immigration” is when somebody lawfully moves from one place to another. “Illegal aliens” are those who cross borders in violation of laws. Tens of millions of illegal aliens are called an “invasion.” When invasion goes on for decades while we wait for federal action, it’s called stupid.
This July 4, let us be reminded that a truly federal government is allowed only a few powers. Each state is otherwise just as sovereign as other states around the world such as France or China. Article 4, Section 16 of the Indiana Constitution reserves for the Indiana legislature all necessary powers of “a free and independent state.” Article 5, Section 12 says, “The Governor shall be commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and may call out such forces, to execute the laws, or to suppress insurrection, or to repel invasion.” Most people have no idea that states legally have so much might.
The U.S. Constitution’s Article I, Section 8 grants the U.S. Congress power, “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” The 14th Amendment to that contract says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside,” because through the War Between the States it was assumed that each state had the right to determine who had rights of citizenship and who didn’t. Of course, the proviso, “ . . . and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means that some are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; but the U.S. Constitution says nothing else about aliens, other than they can’t hold federal office.
Article I, Section 10 details the powers prohibited from the states, yet nothing limits any state’s authority over illegal aliens within its borders. In fact, this section’s prohibition against states declaring war is restrained by, “ . . . unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.” Arizona’s S.B. 1070 has made news, but in fact Article II, Section 35 of the Arizona Constitution already specifically denies illegal aliens citizen rights. Article XVIII, Section 10 actually denies illegal aliens any employment rights.
So, by the existing laws (paying special attention to the federal 10th Amendment), states already have both the authority and power to maintain constitutional rights and order within their borders. No new laws, no new powers are needed.
That said, our illegal alien problems aren’t about illegal aliens, their crimes or even the Reconquista nationalism of many.* Our problems are more fundamentally with socialism.
Even without its inevitable corruption and political oppression, socialism makes each citizen pay for others’ lifestyles, accidents, schooling and healthcare. The collectivist hooks we stick into each other, even with the best of intentions, will tend to make us want our fellows to stay out of our wallets, cough up money from theirs, and die quickly, before retirement.
The hooks make us care about what others eat, drink or smoke. Hooks make us care about who others date, how others live and what others can and cannot own. Socialism is inherently, demonstrably, antisocial.
The whole point of our constitutions is to prohibit this cold, jealous existence, thank God.
I suppose we don’t react to it in any useful way because it has happened gradually, over several generations, in a sort of frog-in-the-cookpot scenario. And maybe we just can’t picture anything better than what we’ve suffered all our lives.
But I don’t know why we even talk about ideology or “issues” until we deal with this: The private clubs called the Democratic and Republican Parties are:
Owned by pretty much the same people. The small variation in owner pools (a few seemingly opposing corporations, unions, and “special interest groups”) don’t make any difference in political reality, because the major shareholder of both parties are the same bankers, military industrialists and energy, transportation and debt services companies.
Let’s end the charade. The thieving, deadly game of false dichotomies we call “The Two Party System” should be revealed for what it is…a sock-puppet show that distracts us from the real behind-the-scenes truth that our government is a crony crime network. Their modus operandi and stock in trade is division and conflict; categorizing people and then setting us against each other; both here and everywhere on earth. And this isn’t petty crime. No other gangs on earth steal so much or kill so many. This isn’t tin-foil-hat hyperbole. It’s fact. Let’s stop acting like it’s not.
Realistically, there are no other issues worth discussing until we deal with this one. All other serious problems are just symptoms of a government gone very bad…and very well-armed against us.
A dozen Presidents warned us about the people who have made the world their ATM and battle ground. But over generations, the factions controlling our government have become ever-bolder in their violations of written, practical and moral laws.
Just to banish any possibility of doubt about the preceding:
Special privileges and powers granted to a class of citizens called a “major political party,” as defined and implemented in Indiana, are of course illegal by the Indiana Constitution’s Article I, Section 23:
“The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.”
Here is a small sampling of special privileges and immunities just here in Indiana:
By creating arbitrary thresholds (Ind. Code § 3-10-1-2) that suppress all other candidates and political organizations, they have granted themselves taxpayer funded primary elections, which implicitly provide more money, public attention, free advertising and media promotion to only Democrats and Republicans at the actual expense of all alternatives.
Ind. Code § 6-4.1-4 specifies that members of the Indiana Election Commission “must be a member of a major political party.” And Ind. Code § 6-4.1-4 grants that only “the state chairman of the major political party” has powers of nomination and appointments for succeeding terms. Only designees “of the state chairman of each of the major political parties” shall “serve as members of the state recount commission.” (Ind. Code § 3-12-10-2.1)
Ind. Code § 3-10-1-4 grants only major political parties privileges of organization (precinct committeeman are a special class of citizen who have special powers [example, Ind. Code § 3-13-1-4, 5, 6], yet aren’t subject to the limitations placed on other political officeholders [Ind. Code § 3-6-1-15]) and process for nomination to public office and filling vacancies (e.g., Ind. Code § 3-13-5, 6).
Ind. Code § 3-8-2-2.5 imposes requirements and limitations upon write-in candidates – (b) 4: “The candidate may not claim affiliation with any political party described by IC 3-8-4-1.” “(e) A person may not be a write-in candidate in a contest for nomination or for election to a political party office.”
Ind. Code § 3-10-1-4.6 applies to only precinct committeemen elected by the Indiana Republican Party.
Ind. Code § 3-10-1-15 sets apart a separate ticket for “each political party holding a primary election” making all alternative candidates inconspicuous to voters.
And to be clear…the Democratic and Republican Parties have, with the power they won during WWII (when most other parties, like the once-powerful socialist parties became discredited by their association with the USSR and Nazi/socialist Germany, and the opposite ideologies were overwhelmed by the USA’s new imperialism and nationalism), wrote themselves power over everybody else. Only they are “major political parties.” Only they get all the freebies, special powers and exemptions, and the ability to ignore laws anyway.
In case you think that writing words into Indiana Code can make anything legit, Indiana Constitution’s Article I, Section 25 makes it clear that legislation cannot transgress the constitution:
“No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.”
As far as the corruption goes, the evidence is everywhere. The correlation between campaign donations (business investments that pay multi-thousand-percent dividends) and legislation, the revolving door between regulators and the regulated, the hand-in-glove relationship between lobbyists and lawmaking, the insider trading that’s illegal everywhere but in the halls of power, the obvious payola, pork and conflicts of interest are so well documented by both “left” and “right” media as to be the most universally known and completely inexcusable part of this problem.
It’s not just academics, advocacy groups, bloggers, wonks and journalists who’ve told us about corruption. Our own US Presidents, from the very first one, tried to clue us in. President George Washington warned us against not just the existence of political parties, but also the entrenched corruption that invariably sprouts from such tribalism. In 1834 Andrew Jackson called Central Banks, “… a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, I will rout you out!” In 1912, after decades of rising cronyism, President Woodrow Wilson wrote that, “… we have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world.” In 1961, President Eisenhower warned us against “…the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
We should have heeded the warnings. We should have noticed when the warnings stopped.
Personally, I don’t care what politicians do on their free time and with their own money. They can have affairs with every sort of willing creature(s), and snort all the coke that Marion Barry missed, and I won’t care a whit.
But all the stealing and defrauding and needless, groundless war has got to stop.
Come on…we know this one. Our government, from the Precinct Committeeman who gets special business contracts and a summer job for his son on the DOT, to the bankers who own and operate most of the world, is corrupt from stem to stern, from keel to crow’s nest.
So let’s fix it.
There are two parts to this:
Recognizing how we got here.
Going somewhere else.
I worded that in just that way for a reason. We got to where we are because authoritarian corruption is where people usually go. And in the case of the USA and its democratic elections, we didn’t just fall into humanity’s default state of corrupt government, we voluntarily chose it, kept choosing it (with a >90% reelection rate).
And, if I can believe my ears and eyes, will likely choose it again in 2016.
Of course I hope I’m wrong about that last part.
We have to change ourselves. Our choices must change. Our actions must change. We must do our homework before we vote, after we vote, and whenever we feel like caring about our lives, liberties and property. We can stop voting for the same people and parties that we know are corrupt. We can vote for alternatives that, up to now, have been getting only single-digit support.
And to do that, I think we need to imagine a better way to live. We need to stop putting so crazy-much trust in politicians, and show a little skepticism with their promises. We need to see more ways to do things through the free market (look up what this really is if you think the Free Market is the bad guy…we have crony capitalism, not free markets). If we can picture a better life, we can choose it. If we choose it, we’ll get it.
This last part is critical. Simply voting for alternative candidates won’t fix a thing because it’s fixing the wrong thing. First, comes us. We must change our hearts and minds. We must develop a picture of how we should live, and then, dammit, choose that life!
I shouldn’t have to prove that constitutional rule of law under our existing state and federal constitutions as written would be a great start. I’ve been trying to prove it for decades now (to little effect). But ultimately, nobody can make you read the constitutions or choose wisely. That has to come from you.
I’m hoping that what I’m offering here is a first step in recognizing that we have a terrible, terrible problem.
And I’m hoping you know that it’s in your power to fix it. If we could get more people to see only that, we could be on the path to a better future…as opposed to the more usual cataclysm…which, I hope you can see, is just around the corner.