Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
Not that I am really pushing for banning political parties. I realize that would be a hard sale, probably more like a impossible sale. But through what you mentioned campaign finance laws we could take some of these factions powers away. The number one place that big money (or whatever you want to call corruption) filters its power into US government is through political parties.
I admit that there can be good sides to political parties. The free association of thoughts and ideas flows well among like minded people organized to bring those ideas to fruit. But in the last century I dont see a lot of that happening. That is because its been a two party system that as of lately has stopped working together and now against each other. I belong to neither party. I see them both as the biggest problem that this nation faces today. You can call me biased but at least give the people a chance to chose what assholes they get to vote for.
Locally in my State I would have liked to have had the chance to get someone running against the Governor that could actually replace her. But the Democrats voted for a idiot that has no chance in ousting her. It comes down to political power and the people are left out of the loop.
"Stupid" would probably be the best choice.
The purpose of a primary is for a party to choose it's candidate.
I envy Americans in that regard. Here in Canada, the party picks their leader and often the leader decides who the candidates will be in some ridings/districts and can veto any person who wants to seek a nomination if he/she doesn't meet the leader's perceived candidate qualifications. In addition, the ridings/districts select their candidate in closed meetings of party members only and since very few citizens are members of a party very few people choose candidates and often a savvy candidate will buy up a lot of new memberships in order to feather his/her vote count.
When the election comes, we don't get to vote for who will be Prime Minister - the party chooses - we just get to vote for the candidate running for the party that our preferred choice of Prime Minister represents. So we often either have to choose a candidate we don't want in order to hopefully get the Prime Minister we want or we choose a candidate we want and hope that doesn't give us a Prime Minister we don't want.
Don't ever begrudge the utter chaos, street fight like openness of your political process - it's what democracy should be all about and it's great to see it in action. In Canada, a Cantor wouldn't ever have been challenged let alone have lost his party's nomination.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
Bad idea i think. If you knew a particular candidate in your favored party was going to win, you (and many others) could decide instead to screw over a candidate in the other party. Especially considering texas is deeply red pretty much always, most of the primary voters may very well have this in mind if a candidate has the repub nomination wrapped up by the time of the dem primary. I mean what does an extreme conservative care whether obama or hillary is prez?
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
BUT on a side note i dont know how it works in every state but here i can simply change my registration on line and then go vote. In fact i have to do this already since im an independant. anytime I want to vote a party for elections I have to register 30 days in advance if its a party vote.
so im not sure what it really stops and while i agree it can be bad whos to say people switch parties for BAD reasons? as an independent i should be discriminated against so im not sure theres a why to totally block votes without being unconstitutional