I recently got the news from a Republican Congressman’s office that the number of people registered as “no party preference,” previously known as “decline to state” and commonly known as “independents” now surpasses the number of people registered as Republican in the State of California! This is great news!! I knew I was onto something when I started this website on the premise that we need to move away from political parties as party politics are a corrupting influence, applying pressure to go-along-to-get-along as they do, regardless of whether or not she or he agrees with the issue. The complicity of elected Democratic Party representatives to fall in line with Obama’s evisceration of our Constitution is probably the most glaringly egregious example of this.
We need to now push for equal ballot access for all Independent and third-party candidates as well as for proportional representation. The importance of these two changes cannot be overstated as we suffer from 50% of the population being disaffected at all times with the current winner-take-all two-party tyranny. If we had proportional representation it would do away with gerrymandering altogether as there would be no incentive to gerrymander as EVERYONE’S vote would count, not just the votes of the party that passed the goalpost first.
It is heartening confirmation that we are on the road towards less identification with political parties, so that we can begin to focus on issues, not partisan politics, and principles, rather than party platforms, towards a more participatory democracy. I very much hope this trend continues and No Party Preference registration surpasses both corporate parties, the GOP and the Democrats.