Sunday, August 28, 2005

Third parties - more is better

My DD has a really good post up on third parties and fusion voting. He makes some great points but I don't agree that continuing to consolidate government representation into only two parties accomplishes anything. It leaves the power concentrated in too few hands with no incentive to compromise for the overall public good. Everything becomes a power play where the prize becomes capturing and keeping control, rather than puzzling out public policy that works to advance common goals.

The old saw about power corrupting absolutely was invented for a reason and our current political system is a prime exemplar. The only way to break the Republicrat stranglehold on our government is to break up the monopoly they hold on the process. I can't think of a better way than to take an axe to their platforms and splinter their base by forming not just a third party, but a fourth and a fifth. It worked for Finland. It could work for us.

[Cross posted at Pennywit]
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Blogger Bat One said...

Finland!!? Now there's one helluva example of the principles of public policy for the world's only superpower (economically AND militarily, please note) to follow.

The United States did not reach its present position of pre-eminence by cowering in the political shadows of our neighbors as has Finland for the last couple hundred years.

Yep, between the reindeer and the second rate vodka, Finland is a real economic and political powerhouse alright. A true beacon of hope in the darkness of the EU's coming arctic winter.

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Blogger jflashmontana said...

The only way to get a third and fourth and fifth party is to change the rules of elections in our country. And fusion gives minor party builders the best tool to build. Whihc is precisely why we're trying to re-legalize it in Massachusetts. Visit us at

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