Independence from the big two political machines, that is.
Every independent should be rooting for Charlie Crist. The irony that Crist couldn’t be a viable independent candidate without first being a player in one of the major two parties is the significant jumping off point, but it also provides a model that goes beyond Joe Lieberman splitting only after he lost. By ditching the Republican party early, Crist has a chance to change the political scenario for himself and Floridians, while reclaiming his own political integrity by being his own man and not beholden to ideology of any particular party.
Some call this personal expedience, because he can’t win as a Republican in the primary. That’s true to an extent, but Crist can’t win in a primary environment where the right-wing base represented by the Tea Party activists are swinging the primary off the cliff.
When your passion and life’s calling is political service, what’s a person to do, give up?
The reality is that politicians are egotists by the very nature of their profession. It takes a lot of self-confidence, mixed with self-absorption and the belief that you can change the world and lead the people, along with purpose and passion about your own ideas and intelligence when juxtaposed against the next person, to throw yourself into the arena in the first place. Why anyone is surprised that someone would then separate himself out from the pack to become “independent,” when your life’s calling is disappearing before your eyes, is beyond me.
If you believe you have the right ideas, initially attaching yourself to one of the only two vehicles available, either Republican or Democrat, once you’ve claimed a spot in the limelight, which was predicated on the belief that you and you alone can lead the people in the right direction, it’s a small step these days to declare you want to go it on your own path, with only the people to back you up.
The two national parties are bankrupt of ideas, purpose and passion, not to mention competence. They are owned by corporations, banks and special interests, with few politicians willing to step out to challenge their leadership.
Then there is the complete collapse of Congress as an institution of checks and balances. Both parties propping up the executive branch when their side is in power, with no one in Congress willing to stand up to the party bosses when they are wrong.
A while back I wrote that we are at a historic moment in politics. Independent minded voters have been growing steadily for years. What they’ve needed are candidates, especially on the national level. The Tea Party is also representative of dissatisfaction of their side of the political machine, though they are tiny fraction compared with Independent voters.
The only group not breaking out and standing up is the “progressive” wing of the political universe, the “liberal” heart of the Democratic party. That’s because they have been revealed to have no courage when it comes to standing up and telling political truth to power, allowing their message to be destroyed in the name of Democratic conservatism.
Just listen to the Democratic party leader on “judicial activism,” implying that the great courts of the 1960s and 1970s weren’t so great, while using right wing talking points to attack the greatest liberal justices in our history.
“It used to be that the notion of an activist judge was somebody who ignored the will of Congress, ignored democratic processes, and tried to impose judicial solutions on problems instead of letting the process work itself through politically,” Mr. Obama said.
“And in the ’60s and ’70s, the feeling was – is that liberals were guilty of that kind of approach. What you’re now seeing, I think, is a conservative jurisprudence that oftentimes makes the same error.”
He added, “The concept of judicial restraint cuts both ways.”
Mr. Obama’s comments, which came as he prepares to make a Supreme Court nomination, amounted to the most sympathetic statement by a sitting Democratic president about the conservative view that the Warren and Burger courts – which expanded criminal defendant rights, required busing to desegregate schools and declared a right to abortion – were dominated by “liberal judicial activists” whose rulings were dubious. […]
This is the most chilling statement a supposed Democratic president has ever made about the greatest liberal jurists in Supreme Court history. Glenn Greenwald does a masterful job today on Obama’s “imperial decree” on the subject, something he will not clarify by actually identifying the rulings he believes to be “judicial activism,” which no doubt will bring the Obama choir out in his defense, as dispatched from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
It is not a mistake that the ranks of Independents are being filled in part by disaffected Democrats, many of them women.
This democratic republic was founded by individuals with ideas, not people beholden and driven by ideology alone, with the bedrock being foundational individual freedoms and self-determination for us all. It is not “judicial activism” to assure these foundational principles of our country are protected.
More and more, because of the unending failures and sell out of the big two, people have become discouraged, giving root to Tea Party people, with the largest disaffected group of voters going independent for obvious reasons.
People are looking for politicians who represent their views, which change depending on the issue, though we do expect some things to be inviolable.
Getting back to Florida, this is nothing against Mr. Kendrick Meek, the Democrat running in the Florida race.
And just to make it even more interesting, there is also a billionaire named Greene, who had Mike Tyson as a best man, and Heidi Fleiss as a guest at his home, who has also jumped in. Greene reportedly has Joe Trippi and Doug Shoen by his side. I couldn’t get through the first minute of his YouTube announcement, though maybe you can.
We simply need to shake up the big two political machines, which are ill serving we the people. I think independent challenges from former establishment politicians are the only way, no matter how long it will take, and Charlie Crist just may be the guy to provide the model to get it done.
I’d say I’m looking forward to a liberal going that route, but there is currently no evidence a politician of such courage and independent thinking even exists to break away from the conservative Democratic engine that is sucking the energy out of the progressive movement.