IMO, I agree with President George Washington in his Farewell Address,
that we should shun political parties. All they have done is divide the
nation along a single line without as much as a care for actual platform.
Too many people vote for a party, simply because their parents did. Very
few vote for the character of the individual or that person's individual

Just because a party has a platform does not mean the individual holds to
it. Whatever happened to George Bush's promise to help the schools?
Instead, he turned the process over to Ted Kennedy and the Democrats'
pro-teacher's-union platform to decide what to do. We didn't get what was
promised, and most people have forgotten, because they are tied to the
party, rather than the policies.

Instead of passing laws to protect us from terrorism and to fund the war
on it, the two parties are fighting over platform issues: should the new
workers be unionized? Should we throw in money for after school programs,
so we can help the incumbents get reelected? Instead of hitting the real
issues, we have Daschle attacking inane items; and we have the
Republicans ignoring the economy in order to win the election through the
war on terrorism.

Finally, without parties, we would be able to have more people run for
office and have a chance of winning. We wouldn't need campaign reform,
because money would be tied to the individual and not to a political
party and its abuses. And we wouldn't have the crimes of an elected
leader protected by a political party, whether it is Nixon or Clinton, if
one is guilty of crimes, the entire Congress should honestly investigate
it and do their job; not sweep sins under the carpet in order to protect
the party.

One more thing. We need to put term limits on all Congress. One term for
Senate, two for House. Then we wouldn't have people fighting to keep
themselves forever in office, and it would reduce the amount of voter
bribes. New Senators and Congressmen have a vision to fix America. Old
ones are mostly interested in keeping their position.

K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1    http://www
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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