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"Party Platforms" -- Something to Hang From?

Posted Friday, September 5, 2008, at 8:04 AM

The political conventions are over…Finally…For now. The real battle now begins. It will never end. Trust me. This campaign will go on forever, like an action movie the writers can't quite find an end to. After two years of this current campaign "season," I am convinced Election Day will not come. But I could be wrong.

One thing I missed about the conventions was a good fight over the Party Platform. Back in the good old days (cir. 1968) platform fights were the heart and soul of conventions. Surely both Democrats and Republicans adopted one. I mean, even beauty queen aspirants need a platform to hang on.

We might be just as well off not hearing anything about the respective agreed to edicts which we are to be lulled into believing are statements of belief and goals worth adopting. Like this blog of mine, nobody reads or remembers much of it; and little or nothing comes out of the writing.

Maybe what we really need is a third Party -- one that could have a good fight over adopting some planks, which might really make sense. After all, a three or more Party system has served the British well for quite a long time.

If anybody wants to start a new Party, here are some things we can fight over in writing a Perfect Party Platform:

All Political Promises Are Made By Politicians Who Don't Know the Score

Let's face it -- if a gal or guy knew what they were getting into it would be impossible to get anybody to run for office the first time. If nobody new ran we'd soon run out of politicians (that'd be a bad thing, right?)

The Problems Really Are As Bad As the Opposition Has Been Saying

Problem is not that anything is being hidden as much as it is that if the truth were told, nobody would believe it.

Nobody Can Do Anything about the Problems No Matter Who They Are

Ultimately this is what it comes down to -- they knew what the problem was and got themselves elected; only to find out the incumbent would have solved the problem if it was all that easy.

Repeal two laws for each one passed -- until we get back to original Ten

For those of you smart enough to not read all the stuff I write, I wrote about this a while back.

Americans get the government they deserve, especially if they don't vote

To quote the immortal philosopher Jed Clampett, 'nough said.'

Want a nifty-keen suitable for framing copy of my top ten Platform Promises? They can be found at www.cafepress.com/notaparty. In the interest of full-disclosure, I think I get $1 or so royalty on anything sold on this site -- assuming you are lulled into believing they are statements or goals worth adopting.

Want to add your own platform plank? Just log on and make your suggestions -- this is an "any-body-can-chip-in" Party!

David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at kayanddavid@joink.com.


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LOL There already is a third party...and more. They just aren't very popular at present. Yours is a bit pessimistic though. Would not run a campaign based on hope for change, that's for sure [grin].

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 11:02 AM


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