Class Warfare Blog

March 29, 2014

RIP—Political Parties

This weekend marks the beginning of the end of the political parties as we knew them. In the past, any potential political candidate had to solicit the help of one of the political parties to have any chance of success. The usual path for a candidate was to run for local office and make him- or herself known to the local political party officials. Then additional offices were attempted forming a ladder to higher office with closer and closer involvement with the party and more and more support from the party. Party officials introduced “up and coming,” promising new candidates to the various power brokers in the party. They arranged for fundraisers and provided funds from general accounts. They provided expertise that would have otherwise cost a candidate a great deal to purchase.

All of that is now on the edge of being gone.

Good riddance you say? Also going with the party is any influence the parties had over candidates to form their platforms or, really, anything else.

Replacing all of that will be the private “political conventions” put on by billionaires. This weekend in Las Vegas, most of the major Republican players in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes are meeting with billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. In the 2012 election cycle Mr. Adelson spend a pittance, a mere $90 million on presidential candidates (less than 0.5% of his wealth I am told). That kind of money will take a candidate as far as they want to go in any election. So, gone is the influence of the parties to get candidates to “toe the party line” only to be replaced by whatever it is the billionaires want as a “return on their investment.” And I do not believe the American Plutocrats will be publishing their “platform,” that is the list of the things they want of their candidate gets elected.

Candidates for sale! Candidates for sale! Git yer candidate!

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6 Comments »

  1. Honestly, is there any chance that Citizens United will be over-turned?

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    Comment by john zande — March 29, 2014 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

    • We have a lot of people signing petitions, but to little effect at this point. All of the politicians have figured that they have this game figured out and it comes down to the “game you know vs. the game you don’t.” It is an incredibally stupid decision that the conservatives on the Court went way out of their way to fashion. The only hope is that they will side with corporations again in the Hobby Lobby case (religious freedom of S-type corporations) and go over the brink. If they side with the corporations again, I think they will have broken that thing that corporations were invented for in the first place–immunity from prosecution. Currently, corporations can, as a last resort, disencorporate (die) and then the owners can create a new corporation the next day, with the same people, the same buildings, etc. but without the legal liability. This happened with the Archery Trade Association. They used to be called the Archery Merchants and Manufacturers Organization … until they lost a $4 million lawsuit. They died and the ATA was born the next day and the people who won the $4 million judgement got nothing.

      If corporations have political rights and religious rights … tied to the owners … they will find they can’t so easily disencorporate. They will be legally tied too closely to the corporation to do so.

      So if SCOTUS is dumb enough to do this, then Congress may jump in and kill all of the corporations are people (for anything other than business purposes) nonsense.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — March 29, 2014 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

      • That’s an interesting price to pay. Maybe, just maybe, this will turn out for the best?

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        Comment by john zande — March 29, 2014 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

        • “best” probably not and “better” is a long shot. And I am an optimist!

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          Comment by stephenpruis — March 30, 2014 @ 9:32 am | Reply

      • I wouldn’t put past this court to actually rule in a way that gives corporations all the rights and none of the responsibilities.

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        Comment by List of X — March 30, 2014 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

        • It wouldn’t shock me and it might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, so to speak, by ripping away the barrier between corporation and owner, maing the owners vulnerable to prosecution. Could not then, corporations be sued for religious discrimination?

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          Comment by stephenpruis — March 31, 2014 @ 10:26 am | Reply


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