Why do we need political parties? We have a Constitution, and we have a Supreme Court. People can run for political office in the various states, but what purpose does a political party serve? Why not just allow people to run for office, be elected and then hash it out in congress?
A political party is about discipline of a sort. Discipline is fine if the discipline is to a number of set and publicly known and understood principles. However when the discipline takes the form of whimsical control by very few people with an unspoken agenda, we have a serious problem.
At present, the two dominant political parties in the USA have come to that place where real power rests in the hands of very few in congress and the remainder of congress, each in their own party, acts in accordance with the wishes of those very few. As often as not, they act in opposition or away from their own and their party’s stated principles and campaign promises.
Because it is difficult to believe that everyone elected to congress is corrupt from the start, never intending to fight for and win the policy they said they favored with their campaign promises and those which their party platform claims to favor, one has to assume that arriving in Washington is a shock for many. That is, once installed there, they are now expected to court donors to produce money for the party and for their campaigns. Handed donation quotas by party congressional bosses, when do they have time to read and study legislation? More importantly, what promises must they make to acquire the donations? As for voting on specific issues and in specific instances, they are simply to vote as they are told to vote…by those very few controlling the party in congress. Failing to perform in kind, their stay is guaranteed to be a short one. Some are no doubt happy to go along, enjoying the increase in their personal power and influence. Others who disapprove may come to the realization that if they leave it will only open the door for someone less principled than themselves and so hoping for a window of opportunity to bring some reason to bear, stay on in spite of their disapproval. A very few others simply rebel and end up losing influential committee seats and re-election campaign dollars from the party.
Is this the congress envisioned by our founders? The FPA believes that it is not, and as we see how our political theater plays out, it’s plain to see that the nation is not better off for it. The lofty and demonstrably superior ends of personal liberty and personal responsibility we knew for two centuries have gone by the wayside in favor of government stewardship of business, industry and our very activities of daily living. Representative government is increasingly merely an old symbol and less and less a reality.
Control of the parties by very few is what has permitted this to happen. Increasingly, those in control are setting up legislation which also controls the very process, making it increasingly difficult for challenges to the two main parties to emerge.
The FPA (Freedom Party America) is a party which will definitely exercise control and discipline over its delegates to congress. However, it will be from a broad base of people, not from a very few. Two members of the LAPC (Legislative Agenda and Policy Council) from each of the fifty states and the party chairman will make all policy and voting decisions, decisions which will then be passed along to the party’s delegates to congress for execution. Far from making personal decisions on a given vote, the congressional delegate is merely the instrument of the party’s policies. Moreover, those people in congress and those in the party making policy decisions have taken an oath of allegiance to the party’s platform. Failing to uphold it, they will be expelled from the party. Thus, if a registered American voter wants to know what the party stands for and what the party’s delegates to congress will be working for – and against – the voter needs only to read the party’s platform, for the two will be one and the same. There will be no “Mavericks” and no surprise votes. There will be no wholesale abandonment of the party’s platform or governing precepts. In this way, anyone voting for a member of the FPA will be assured that, if our candidate is elected, he or she will later represent that voter as the voter expected. The FPA will return true fidelity in representation to its party members.
An additional control over the LAPC is that its members change annually. Due to there being 101 members changing annually, all of whom have sworn allegiance to the platform, scattered across the fifty states, how can they be corrupted? Even if they had been corrupted, they would be unable to recommend against the written platform. Similarly, the party’s congressional delegation may not vote except as directed to vote by the LAPC. This applies also to the introduction and co-sponsoring of legislation. No FPA congressional delegate may do either without prior approval of the LAPC, which will first ascertain that any such new legislation dovetails with stated party policy. Finally, lobbies may court FPA congressional delegates and LAPC members, but they will be given no more consideration than any other voter and no votes they seek will be cast, unless the subject first proves to be in accordance with FPA policy goals and ideals.
As the United States continues to move in the direction of total control by the federal government, the FPA seeks to provide a path to return power to the people and to the states in accordance with the US constitution, while returning the federal government to its design function of providing an umbrella of infrastructure for the fifty states and the common defense. The federal government was never designed for the purpose of income redistribution and choosing winners and losers while micro-managing the nation. Income redistribution carried on privately is called “theft”. This sort of governing example has proven time and again to fail the people it claims to serve, serving only the myth of well-being in order to permit operation of entire nations for the benefit of a very elite few.
There is nothing outdated about liberty or the concept of equal opportunity under the law. The FPA seeks to return that waning liberty and opportunity to the people of the United States.