Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Independent voting in Alabama

My campaign platform is built around my campaign message to the effect that "the common enemy of average Democrats, average Republicans and average independents is the political class in Washington DC." That political class in Washington includes Republicans and Democrats.

This campaign platform pushes me towards being an Independent.

The condition and situation for independent voting, and alternatives to the Democratic and Republican parties in Alabama, are thus highly relevant for me.

There is a national organization. The website says that Independents are 40% of the electorate. The website indicates there are independent voter groups in 30 or so States.

A group with the name Independent Alabama is shown for Alabama.

I attended an Independent Alabama meeting in 2012. To my knowledge, Independent Alabama is not currently active.

At the meeting I made the acquaintance of persons who were involved with the Libertarian Party of Alabama and the Conservative Party (Alabama)

The Libertarian Party website says:
The Libertarian Party of Alabama is a member run, volunteer driven organization.  We are currently assisting our candidates with their campaigns, engaging in a legal battle against the Alabama Secretary of State for ballot access, and planning ahead for the presidential election in 2016. Every day, we fight to keep the Republicans out of your bedroom and the Democrats out of your wallet.
The Jefferson County ballot in the elections this year showed the following Libertarian candidates:
  1. Ricky Levins, State Representative District 56
  2. Willie Hill, Jefferson County Sheriff
  3. Eric Calhoun, Jefferson County Commission, District 3
  4. Nicole Jordan, Jefferson County Tax Assessor
  5. Mark Bodenhausen, Jefferson County Assistant Tax Assessor, Bessemer Division
  6. Laura Pate, Jefferson County Tax Collector
  7. Leigh Lachine, Jefferson County Assistant Tax Collector, Bessemer Division
In addition, Aimee Love was the 2014 Libertarian candidate for Congress in the AL 6th Congressional district, but her name did not appear on the official ballot. Source 

The Conservative Party website says:
The Conservative Party will rectify the consistent failures and corruption of the current two-party system. The Conservative Party will impose fiscal discipline, restrain the reach of the federal government as outlined in the Constitution and defend America’s traditional family values.
There is a phrase that supports personal activism, “Lead, Follow, or get out of the way!” It has application today regarding this new website and political movement
It is time to shed the “Conservative Republican-Conservative Democrat” label because it just positions the constitutionalists within a sub-group of the overall party. A conservative hyphenated Republican or Democrat is not participating in a true constitutionalists movement. We need to face up to the reality that we constitutionalists are being used because we have no opportunity to “Lead” from the sub-group. The current two-party system has corrupted the Republic that our Founders created and we now live under the iron rule of an Oligarchy.
For those not familiar with the term, Oligarchy is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.
Modern democracies should be considered as oligarchies. In these systems, actual differences between viable political rivals are small, the oligarchic elite impose strict limits on what constitutes an acceptable and respectable political position, and politicians’ careers depend heavily on unelected economic and media elites. Thus the popular phrase: there is only one political party, the incumbent party.
We constitutionalists must now break free from this system as we “Lead” this nation back to its roots and restore the Republic our Founders created. It is time to return to our nation’s core values and those values are – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It is time that we embrace these core values within a formal Party structure, begin to stand as one voice and fight back. I think the issue that Thomas Jefferson raises here is a question that as citizens we MUST answer today.
“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”
We must band together and find ways to elect statesmen who will represent the citizen’s interest regardless of the party “Brand” they wear. We must not continue to re-elect the current crop of career politicians who refuse to represent the citizens to the harm of our Precious Republic.
We invite you to join a movement that is built to give true patriots a means to compete at the ballot box. Please consider joining hands with us today and together let us build a better tomorrow for Alabama and restore our precious Republic.
 [This entry will be revised and updated as further relevant information becomes known to me.]

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