by Walter Ian Kaye
I believe it is time to begin architecting a New America, despite the massive inertia of status quo. Theoretically there are two possible paths toward reboot: from within the belly of the beast, or from an independent, external structure. Obama in the White House is the illustration of the old mindbender question "What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?" so we now see that the first path will not work. It was a great experiment, and we have a new trail to blaze!
The first step is Open Primaries, which needs to be the law for every state. Along with that reform should be Ranked- Choice Voting, which further levels the playing field.
The second step is permanent abolishment of corporate personhood. The Supreme Court was horribly misguided in its Citizens United decision, and that needs to be overturned ASAP. A business entity is only such for bookkeeping and contractual purposes; it does not have emotions, it does not have consciousness or a conscience, it does not live and breathe — it is not a person! Only living people should be allowed in the political process, and that must be made clear in both state and federal law. If business managers believe some political thing is good for their company, let them evangelize to their employees and trade associations, not to congress via PACs or the public via advertising.
The third step is the abolishment of political parties. Step 1 will do much to facilitate this, as do the lameness and obstinacy of the big two parties already.
Partisan politics is over. It had uses before the Internet Age, but there are better and healthier ways to run our country. When I look at John Boehner, I see a man held prisoner by the GOP, not allowed to be his true self. Of course he does not realize this; no brainwashed person is aware of being so, else they wouldn't be brainwashed. It is very insidious and subliminal. And because no one can serve two masters, no member of a political party can truly serve the people due to being beholden to their party. George Washington knew how bad the party system is; why do we still suffer with this monster?
We must do what Obama (a party member) could not: architect and build a new system from scratch, where the government truly is of, by and for the People, where life, liberty, health, compassion, cooperation and the pursuit of happiness can be manifest for all citizens.