First Published in DelawareLiberal on 10/27/2014 by ProgresssivePopulist
I argue that when you vote, your vote should be for the Party. I do
not buy the concept "I vote for the candidate, not the Party". Sorry,
but it is not unsophisticated or unthinking to vote a straight ticket in
the case of partisan elections. Yes, I know. In Delaware we don't
have straight ticket voting, but you can vote for all Democrats on
November 4, and I plan on doing so.
Candidates align with
Parties. They use their brand. They use their structures, money,
staffs and volunteers. It is a conscious decision on their Party
choice. This means they sign onto the Party platform and align with most
if not all of the stands the Party takes in its platform, written by
activists and Party regulars who craft the positions on issues, debate
them and vote them for adoption in convention.
Parties are a great
hallmark of democracy. They are built by people banding together with
common views on public/civic issues. They were intended as a vehicle to
get those views adopted by a majority and select candidates that well
represent those views.
And their proper role is to hold those
candidates accountable for support for those positions on issues,
including discipline when they stray and rejection when they sell out.
Much of this leverage is overlooked by local and national Party
organizations, which is to overlook a major component of a functioning
If a Democratic Party loyalist has an objection to a
candidate based on a visible flaw in their view, they can leave their
vote blank on that candidate. To vote for another Party's candidate in
that office is to vote for the positions and stands of that Party, not
their own Party. That is a betrayal.
Groups, especially Party
loyalists, can and should have sway on the votes and policies created
by candidates who succeed in becoming office holders. Free lancing
candidates have no accountability to those who "brought them to the
table". They are renegades. Rogues. They represent an arrogance that
has no place in a democracy and are more suited for an aristocracy.
Democrat thinking of supporting a Republican on November had better
take a hard look at the Delaware Republican Party web site, which links
directly to the Republican National Committee platform. Apparently they
are too lazy locally to write their own platform and have bought lock
stock and barrel into the RNC's Tea Party world view.
select a number of the RNC/Tea Party platform positions which most
dramatically contrast with the Delaware Democratic Party and Democratic
National Committee positions on issues. The DDP went to the trouble of
writing a platform. I'd suggest you read it and the DNC document as
The Republicans want to extend the Bush tax cuts while
lowering corporate taxes. This means middle classers pay the tax
freight, if that isn't obvious; but they want to keep this simple, so
they want a flat tax. Ultimately though, their platform wants to repeal
Federal Income tax altogether.
They want to reduce and privatize
Medicare and Medicaid and repeal Obamacare, replacing them with private
insurance operating in a free market. You know, like the good old days
when, without insurance, sick people paid their doctors with things like
eggs and chickens.
Speaking of free markets, they want to free
workers of the burden of collective bargaining and unions. Way too
complicated, especially for employers who surely would do the right
thing and pay a decent wage. Oh, and they advocate flexibility in
workplace conditions, which means deregulating workplace safety and
conditions, hours and benefits.
Regulations? Forget them. They
impede the free market and set industry free to prosper and grow. And
free trade, not fair trade is their way to go, whenever and wherever
On the environment, coal good; EPA bad. No
mention of the bogus science of climate change and global warming.
Why? Because this is a Judeo-Christian nation and as you know, God
provides for our kind. Especially if we display the ten commandments in
our public squares. And for good measure, it is our God given right to
drill baby drill. And of course because God made us the stewards of
the world, private, not public stewardship of our lands and waterways.
We're doing just great at the state level with our public schools.
Charters and vouchers are good. The Federal Department of Education are
bad. Home schooling even better. Federal help with student loans are
bad, except for the guarantee part, backing up the private banks who
want no risk of default.
After school, jail's good. Mandatory
sentences really good for those who don't cut it in school. And no
parole for the "dangerous". Death penalty for the most dangerous.
Abstinence is really good. Sex education, not good. Condoms, not so
good. Abortion no good. Childbirth great, especially in the case of
rape and incest. Those women's clinics didn't meet
standards anyway. Federal Stem Cell research, no because they come
from "aborted fetuses".
And once those unwanted children are
born, no food stamps for them or mom unless they are done only by block
grants. And mom is going to have to work, work really really hard for
very temporary help with household expenses.
Families? Only male
female unions, thank you. You know, because it's been traditional for
thousands of years. Were there Adam and Adam or Eve and Eve in the
garden, things might be different. But there weren't. And homes for
families? Sure. But only if financed by private banks, unencumbered by
pesky, nuisance lending regulations.
And for protection from
marauding poor people, guns are really good. Especially with
open-carry. Registration? Hell no, especially at gun shows. Data
collection on firearm sales, especially in border areas? A huge
infringement of liberty.
Immigration. For sure, no federal funds
for college education of illegals. But plenty of federal funds for
those patriot illegals joining our military to get their heads blown off
instead of "our kind".
And speaking of the military. You
Democrats keep your grimy hands off our Pentagon budget. Why? "Peace
through strength". They actually cite American Exceptionalism as given
to us through "divine providence".
Yes, Republicans, God is on your side. But I'm not and no thinking Democrat should be, by voting for your candidates.