Jim Baron Says Take Down the Big Tents
The Republican and Democratic parties long ago stopped standing for any particular ideology or principle. Both have determined to become “Big Tents” attracting any voters they can. They have become about nothing more than their side winning the election and seizing the power and getting the fundraising advantage. If it is going to be one side or the other in charge, each wants it to be them. Philosophies be damned; the parties want to get their hands on the levers of power and keep them there. Nothing else is important….In his column, he also comes out against straight-ticket voting, choosing candidates through primaries, and maybe even political parties in general.
So all of politics, and by extension, government, is the gang of R’s fighting over power, turf and perks with the gang of D’s, and everyone else – more than half of all Americans; more than half of all Rhode Islanders – matter not at all.
And you wonder why apathy about government and politics is so rampant that most people don’t bother to vote, that most sane and grounded people can’t be convinced to run for office to try to change things.
I’d like to submit for consideration one other contrarian observation (relative to the usual MSM perspective) to those sympathetic to Mr. Baron’s viewpoint. A large part of the mechanistic vulgarization of politics that Mr. Baron describes is a natural outgrowth of government becoming big, intrusive and expensive. Once government takes control of a huge chunk of resources, either directly through taxation or indirectly through regulation, human nature dictates that rival gangs, focused on grabbing those resources for themselves, will form.
Reduce the amount of power controlled by the government monopoly, and you’ll reduce the number of hands grasping at the levers of government for power’s sake alone.