“It Takes a Village”
PresidentWilliam J. Clinton (D)
“It’s time for aNew World Order”
PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush (R)
Broadening the Conservative Base
The Mathematics of Success ina Three-Party Race
Forced to Choose Between Republican Globalism and Democratic Socialism,the Path to Political Empowerment is a Short One, Indeed
French philosopher and moralist Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747) wrote in his
Reflexions et Maximes
“It is easier to construct a new party than it is to rise gradually to the head of an old one.”
In the context of the modern-day American political process, such a theory seems to contradictevery conventional wisdom and instinct given the fully vested nature of the Two-Party system in America’s political psyche. With the Republican andDemocratic Parties wholly dominating practically every state and federal election cycle while cumulatively amassing 98-100% of the casted vote, it wouldappear that de Vauvenargues’ postulation is baseless and is nothing more than a navigation of idealism and wishful thinking. Moreover, given thetremendously high stakes on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from skyrocketing healthcare costs to accelerated offshoring of American jobs towidening trade deficits and rising taxes, a principled vote in support of a new political movement with “no chance of winning” is a novelty that cannot beconsidered in the full throes of a political war against an enemy on the cusp of making significant gains in America’s policy-setting objectives. Such a“wasted vote” would only provide aid and comfort to the opposition Republican/Democratic Party whose policy agenda is clearly directed at promotingwhat is known to be evil and which threatens the values of a country you love and see becoming more unrecognizable on practically a daily basis.However, when one stops and carefully considers (1) the dynamics and vulnerabilities of the current Two-Party structure, (2) the mathematics of victoryin a three-party race, and (3) the efficiency of a targeted and resonant recruitment strategy, the impulse of hopelessness that characteristically dampensthe enthusiasm of a new political party movement is quickly displaced with a sense of urgency and purpose that can only be inspired by a very real andreachable finish line of success.
1. For Most People, Political Affiliation is More an Expression of Disdain AGAINST the Opposition Party than it is a Reflection of Support FOR the Affiliate Party. As Such, the Bonds of Party Loyalty are Artificial, Shallow and Capable of Being Broken.
Take this little test. Seek out any opinionated friend or co-worker with a well-known political affiliation and pose this simple observation and question:
“I can’t believe you support Mitt Romney for President. Why are you voting for Mitt Romney in the upcoming election?”
Almost instinctively and bydefensive reflex, your friend’s response is likely to sound something like this:
“Well, AT LEAST HE’S BETTER THAN Barack Obama who is an avowed Marxist trying to destroy America!”
If you approach the question from the standpoint of political affiliation, your friend’s retort will have asimilar defensive undertone:
“Of course I’m Republican! IT’S BETTER THAN being an idiot Democrat who only wants to ____________!”
If your friend is like most Americans, his response to questions challenging his candidate or party loyalties will have two (2) characteristic features thatgive tremendous insight into the basis of his political affiliation. First, his response very likely reflects a
basis of animosity and disdain for thealternative candidate or party
- and he’s probably right in his assessment. Secondly, your friend’s response will likely
fail to include articulable,discrete reasons that reflect a positive basis for promoting his candidate or party of choice.
Perhaps without even being conscious of doing so, your friend will be communicating a very common and very telling secret shared by countless millionswho participate in the American political process:
Political loyalty is driven by DISDAIN of the opposition, not necessarily SUPPORT for thecandidate or party of choice.
When directly engaged about the basis of their political affiliation and support, most people will openly acknowledge thattheirs is a selection based on the “lesser of two evils”. Although they are not particularly excited about the candidate or party they support in any givenelection, they are
that the opposition candidate or party must be defeated at all costs, even if it means giving little-to-no criticalscrutiny to the positions and values of the candidate or party ultimately getting their vote!