The begin of the end of the party system and the rise of #Independent Candidates

The article tweeted includes:

This may be the beginning of the end of Washington as we know it. A rising generation of pragmatic, non-ideological voters is appalled by the dysfunctional leadership of their parents and grandparents. History may consider October 2013 their breaking point. There will come a time when Millennials aren’t just mad as hell; they won’t take it anymore.

The Republican Party may be splitting apart. The divide is between conservatives who want to limit government and extremists who oppose governing.

The latter sect is represented by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas who is misleading his supporters. He knows that the GOP can’t overturn Obamacare because Republicans only control one half of one branch of government. And yet, Cruz and other tea party Republicans pledge to do the impossible, presumably to build email lists, bank accounts, and fame.

On the other side of the GOP divide are conservatives who were already worried about the future of their party. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a campaign savvy conservative, wants the GOP focused on refurbishing its image rather than conducting kamikaze missions. “Let’s go win some elections,” Cole tells GOP voters. Sen. Tom Coburn, a conservative by any sane measure, said on MSNBC last week, “I’m now no longer conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectations of this process.”

 

Vicki Huntington’s historical win lone bright spot for independent candidates

 

It was a bittersweet election for the province’s four high-profile independents, who had hoped to make a statement that B.C.’s polarized political system had room for their non-party voices. Vicki Huntington (Delta South) made political history as the first independent MLA to be re-elected as an independent since political parties were recognized in 1903.

The Rathbeger resignation – A time for consideration

 

Congratulations to Mr. Rathgeber. His resignation should be used to begin a discussion about the proper role of the MP in Canada. I hope that he runs in the next election as an Independent Candidate. Furthermore, voters in his riding must take the opportunity to to remind ALL parties that the MP is the link between the voters and government. The erosion of the significance of the individual MP is tantamount to an erosion of the significance of the individual voter. In a democracy, the role of elected representatives should be to serve the voters. The role of elected representatives is NOT to a mechanism to serve the PMO or to serve a political party. Rather than look for a new candidate, this particular riding association should examine its moral principles and understanding of what democracy is about.

But that won’t happen because this riding association exists to serve the party and not the people.

As Winston Churchill once said:

Some will sacrifice principle for party and some party for principle.”

Want to make a real choice? Vote for an independent!

Want to make a real difference? Run as an Independent!

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Prime Minister Harper’s 1998 view of MPs

Stephen Harper – Sept. 1, 1998

“Most MPs are bit players in today’s parliamentary system, with the average backbencher merely acting as an ombudsman for constituents on non-partisan issues and as a local sales representative for his/her political party on the big issues”.

This could have been last week!”

https://twitter.com/Independents/status/325217090279706625

 

Great interview with Canadian Conservative Back Bencher

This is a great interview with a Canadian Conservative back bencher. The questions continue:

What is the role of the MP?

Who does the MP represent?

Where do the loyalties of an MP lie?

The Harper Government is demonstrating why Independent Candidates are vital for democracy.