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AMERICA IS BROKEN: Here's How You Can Use Your Vote To Fix It

AMERICA IS BROKEN: Here's How You Can Use Your Vote To Fix It

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More Americans consider themselves independent than either Democrat or Republican and the majority of Americans work for a small business. Despite this America is controlled by a two-party political system – with Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other – that is itself controlled by big business.
More Americans consider themselves independent than either Democrat or Republican and the majority of Americans work for a small business. Despite this America is controlled by a two-party political system – with Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other – that is itself controlled by big business.

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 No More Democrats OR Republicans: A Simple Plan toDismantle the Two-Party SystemRevolutions are built on a simple idea. Mine is for allAmericans, one by one, to leave the two-party system andbecome independent voters. We might not all agree on whichpolitician is best for any given office, but we can allagree that every politician is made worse by the two-partysystem. So let¶s at least get rid of that.The power of the two major political parties is derivedfrom their memberships. If they have no members then theyno longer exist. Everyone currently registered as aDemocrat or a Republican ± about 70% of the electorate -collectively controls the fate of the two-party system. Youcan dismantle it at anytime simply by becoming anindependent voter.Regardless of political leanings, all Americans likefreedom: in our professional lives, our political lives,and our personal lives. The historical record consistentlydemonstrates that we have rarely settled for less; standing
 
vigilant time and time again against any and all violationsof freedom.On the surface, the two-party system looks like an elegantprotector of the freedom we cherish, a balanced structurewhere Democrats and Republicans trade power about equally.Dig a little deeper and you find that the two-party systemitself has become more powerful than its component parts.By cozying up to big business and passing laws thateffectively close the political process to outsiders, theDemocrats and Republicans dampen the influence ofindividual voters while ensuring the collective power oftheir two-party system, no matter which one of the partiesis ruling.The United States government has three primary tasks: makelaws, enforce laws, and spend tax dollars; and threebranches with which to accomplish these tasks: thelegislative, the judicial, and the executive. Thanks to thesystem of checks and balances all three branchesparticipate in all three tasks; but roughly speaking thelegislative branch makes the laws and spends the taxes, theexecutive branch enforces the laws and blesses the tax-spending ideas, and the judicial branch decides what to do
 
when someone breaks one (or more) of the laws. This wholeapparatus, as elegantly outlined in The United StatesConstitution, works pretty well.The modern two-party political system was an afterthought,a mutation affixed to our nation more than a half centuryafter The Constitution was signed. For the first fiftyyears of its life, America essentially had one politicalgroup, ironically named the Democratic Republicans. Led byThomas Jefferson, the Democratic Republicans dominated thepolitical landscape well into the early 1800¶s. Jeffersonco-authored The Declaration of Independence and oncefamously said, ³If I could not go to heaven but with aparty, I would not go there at all.´In the 1820¶s, despite Jefferson¶s sentiments, theDemocratic Republican party began to split over the issueof whether the United States should have a national bank oran independent treasury, evidently a white-hot issue at thetime. Proponents of the national bank called themselvesNational Republicans and proponents of the independenttreasury took the name Democrat. Andrew Jackson, the firstleader of the Democrats and the father of the modernDemocratic Party, was elected President in 1828 and again

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