People Still Have Power
Written by JB Williams
In Part I of
The People Still Have Power, I discuss where the peopleís
power is, why it hasnít worked for quite a while, why the two primary
political parties operate independent of their constituents today and how to
begin the process of changing that reality.
In short, the power goes
where ever your money flows. You can not send your money to any political party
without sending your power there with it. So stop sending your power to
political parties of, by and for themselves and begin to use your money to affect
real change. Iíll attempt to discuss why one individual was supposed to
have the power to make a difference and how they still can.
Part II is all about what
to do after you have successfully retrieved your power from the parties and
prepare to get more directly involved in the process of deciding the future of
your country. Before I lay out the specifics, I want to give you a bit of
history on the subject.
At the formation of our
country, through the constitutional convention and ratification of our union,
and for a short period thereafter, there were no political parties in America.
There were only individual candidates. But there were two fundamental competing
ideas for how America
as a nation should develop within the framework set up by the founders. Those
two competing ideas still exist today, though all political parties have worked
to blur the lines between them.
These two competing
interests were defined back then as between Federalists, those who sought one centralized
power vested in a federal government ruling over subservient states, and
Anti-Federalists, those who sought individual, local and states rights, limiting
the size, scope and power of any central government, which would be subservient
to the states and local communities. The Anti-Federalists first adopted the
political party name Democratic-Republicans, later shortened to just
Republicans. The Anti-Federalist view is represented by the conservative base
today, though many modern Republicans are in fact Federalists, and many
Democrats who believe in Anti-Federalist principles, still vote Democratic.
The 1796 election which
brought to power Federalist President John Adams and Democratic-Republican Vice
President Thomas Jefferson changed everything. The absurdity of a competing two
headed administrative monster resulted in the Twelfth Amendment ratified in
1803, which led to the creation of two competing caucuses that would later
become the two primary political parties we have today.
The Federalist caucus was
identified by original members John Adams, Charles Pinckney, DeWitt Clinton and
Rufus King. The Democrat-Republican caucus was identified by original members
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
After a string of Federalist
Party defeats, the Federalist caucus ceased to exist nationally in 1820. The
country was very pro-individual liberty and heavily Anti-Federalist then. It wouldnít
be until 1832 that the Federalist Party would form again. This time, it would
operate under the name Democratic Party as the Anti-Federalist party now
operated under the name Republican Party.
This history is important
because of how the lines have since been blurred. Though both parties enjoyed
vigorous debate over varying views among their own party members, the
fundamental line between the two visions for America
(federalists/Democrats vs. anti-federalists/Republicans) remained largely
intact through the 1800ís into the early 1900ís. It was the advent
of the Great Depression that would begin the blurring of this fundamental line
between the two parties.
Today, both parties have
a long Federalist history of growing the size, scope and power of the federal
government, which in turn has diminished the power, freedom and liberty of the
individual, the local community and the state.
Less than a hundred years
ago, our federal government was seen by most Americans as only a necessary evil
that must be limited in size, scope and power, not to interfere with the
individual freedoms and liberties of the people, and to operate at the will of
those people in limited fashion.
The Great Depression
brought about a different view among many Americans. For the first time in our nationís
history, the federal government would be viewed as the central power through
which all issues could be remedied. Since then, our federal government has
grown under every administration and both political parties to become the 10 trillion
pound ape that it is today.
Neither party has shrunk
the size, scope or power of the federal government since. Today, we gasp for
air beneath the suffocating weight of a runaway federal government and its debt
spending habits that have taken us to the brink of the poor house. The federal
budget has only been balanced twice in the last 60 years, both times by a
Republican congress. Yet even then, the federal government continued to grow,
consuming more and more private resources, gaining more and more political power,
independence and distance from its constituents along the way.
The golden rule never
fails to apply - he who controls the gold,
makes the rules. Today, the federal government controls most of the
gold (resources) in this nation and via the two primary political powers - they
make the rules by which the rest of us must live.
Before we can fix a
problem, we must properly identify that problem as well as the source of that
problem. Federalism is the problem and we the American people, are the source
of that problem. Political pandering only works when it panders to the desires
of an adoring audience. Free stuff is always a crowd pleaser. But it comes at
the expense of freedom and thereís the problem.
Thatís the bad
newsÖ The good news is, as the source of that problem, we are also the
At this point, our money
(power) is funding the independent operations of both parties, functioning only
in their own self interests. They choose the political nominees we will elect.
They control the issues and the policy platforms. They control the flow of
information to the general public and thereby, public opinion, sentiment and
public reaction. Opinion polls are taken only after the public sentiment has
been conditioned through information, to give the desired response.
Through these means, the
parties have successfully focused the nation upon their agenda for continued party
power, via their propensity for slicing and dicing the nation up into nice neat
little issue driven voting blocks, much easier to pander to. Of course, all of this
is at the expense of individual power, freedom and liberty.
The point is Ė how
do we undo the damage we have done by trading our individual rights and
responsibilities for the bogus collective bargaining chip of party power, which
now operates independently of those who fund it?
Easy, two simple steps,
with lots of possibilities.
Step one, take away their
collective power - take away their funding. Step two - redirect those funds and
more if necessary, to more productive uses.
I canít help but
use Hillary Clintonís New York Senate campaign, because it offers the
best modern example. Hillary Clinton was not, is not and will never be a New
Yorker. So how did she get to be the junior Senator from New
In a word Ė Hollywood.
Most New Yorkers did not and still donít support Hillary Clinton. A
recent poll shows that roughly 60% of all New Yorkers would never support
Hillary for President under any circumstances. Slightly better than the nation
wide number that indicates almost 70% would never support her for President.
However, the power goes
where the money flows. Nobody in US
history has ever raised more money for a senate campaign than Hillary Clinton
did. The vast majority of that money did not come from New Yorkers however. It
came mostly from Hollywood, California.
In short, Hollywood liberals bought Hillary her seat in New
Now for the record, I
believe that state office candidates seeking to represent state constituentsí
interests in Washington
should be limited to funding from real live resident constituents of the state
they seek to represent. The fact that this is not the case shows just how
perverted our system of self-governance has become.
But when in RomeÖ
Whatís good for the ole nasty goose is good for conservatives too.
misunderstand. I am talking about a legal constitutional means of solving our
own problem here. There are not two sets of rules, but one set which applies to
both parties. Within those rules, California
bought Hillary a New York Senate seat and they will attempt to buy her the
White House in 2008.
The second best example
of this power is new Governor John Corzine of New
Jersey, who recently bought his own Senate seat with some
$60 million from his own checkbook, with less than 1% of his campaign budget
coming from anyone other than himself. See what Iím getting at?
Now imagine conservatives
all over this nation taking the money they once sent to the Republican Party,
picking a handful of Washington
senate or house seats that need to be liberated from either socialist democrat
or RINO control, and focusing all of our independent energies nationwide on
just those few seats. Not only could we affect immediate change in the
complexion of those houses and the policies they establish, but we could affect
change in how politicians do business with the American people.
Somewhere out there are
good honest decent real conservatives who love this country as much as you and
I. These people donít run for office right now because they canít
win office without selling out their principles to gain funding from the Party.
The same is true for the Democratic Party. There are some good
ďTrumanĒ Democrats around out there who would love nothing better
than to run off the anti-America socialist snobs currently running their party.
In both cases, focusing
individual energies outside of the two powerhouse parties, even defeating party
chosen candidates in some cases with our own candidate for the seat, will
bypass the party filter system responsible for keeping our options few and
It will also cause real
conservatives seeking to help return the Republican Party to its
anti-Federalist roots, to step forward and toss their hat in the ring, people
who would never otherwise step forward in the current sewer system the parties
have evolved into.
Best of all, it would
only take a few such victories against the party establishments before they
will get the message that they have been acting on their own against our will
for far too long.
Individually backing real
conservative candidates seeking to make change, regardless of district or
state, will serve as notice that American conservatives are willing to get
their hands dirty to make change and that the power really does still rest with
the people, not with the politicians or the two runaway party powers.
It sounds too simple, I
know. Thatís because our founders made it simple and they instructed us
what to do when inevitably, the government would forget to represent the will
of the people it is obligated to represent. They even established the
mechanisms through which to do it.
Some of those mechanisms
have since been perverted. But still, the rules apply to both sides and if California
can seat a New York Senator, or a New Jersey
businessman can buy his own seat in the US Senate, then we can use the same
tools to remove both socialist Democrats and liberal Republicans from office by
getting behind real conservative challengers where ever the opportunities exist.
But there is one thing
the founders could not do for us. Having the power and the means to affect
change is one thing, but having the courage, the guts and the willingness to
accept the responsibility of real self-governance is quite another.
The People Still Have the
Power, and the means. Do they still have the guts and the foresight?
I feel compelled to serve
specific notice to my friends considering third party alternatives. Replacing a
liberal Republican with a socialistís democrat is not progress. Itís
disastrous. Third party candidates assure the victory of opposition candidates.
Rats jump shipÖ Americans save their ship and their mates.
will spotlight specific individual opportunities ripe for such a change in the
2006 mid-term races. Donít be silent just because your local seats are
secure. Find conservative candidates somewhere else to directly support.
Individual Americans making independent choices and using their personal power
to affect change is what freedom is all about.
Use it or lose itÖ
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