Child's Play: Building a Popular Opposition to the Democratic-Republican Two-Party State

The inability of the Democratic-Republican two-party state to adequately represent the interests of the people of the United States is so obvious even a child can recognize it. Consider the case of 12 year old Connor Brantley from Fort Worth Texas. Anna Tinsley reports for the Star Telegram:
Connor Brantley is just 12 years old, but he's already tired of the bitter partisanship in politics. And he's ready to do something about it. The McLean Middle School seventh-grader is working to create the United Party to someday give voters and politicians alike an alternative to the strong two-party system of Democrats and Republicans.

"It's so partisan in Washington," Connor said. "Just think, if [members of Congress] could just one day work and actually do what they are elected to do . . . If they could just work together without partisanship ... they'd actually work together to get things done."

Connor is on the verge of filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create the party.

As with so many mainstream media articles on third party activism, a political science professor is on hand to argue that any and all opposition to the legacy parties is doomed to failure:
"The two major parties get the vast majority of votes," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "It's nice that he has an interest in politics and a concern about the current state of our political affairs. But the more he learns about how steep this hill is, the better Little League will look to him."
To his credit, Connor appears unperturbed:

Connor said Texas politics are frustrating as well, such as the battle for the House, where Republicans hold an edge. "I just want real representatives to go and represent us -- pass legislation that will be best for Texas and not worry about who has a majority," he said.

For now, Connor plans to file a statement of organization to register his party. Then he'll try to raise money, get the word out and start working in smaller states to try to get candidates on ballots. He envisions someday holding a one-day primary nationwide. "Whoever has the most popular votes in that one day will be the nominee for president," Connor said.


KamKhaos said...

Wow Professor Cal Jillson...what an asshole. Way to go trying to crush the kid's dreams. Little insulting is that?

Sometimes it takes the mind of a child (not yet fully brainwashed by the GovernMental Media) to cut straight through the BS and arrive at a logical solution.

If America worked as it should, kids like Connor and other people with functioning independent minds would be encouraged rather than hindered.


d.eris said...

LOL. Couldn't have said it better myself Kam. Judging from their statements in these sort of articles, political science professors may well be one of the most reactionary groups of people in the country. You might get a kick out of a previous post on this topic: "these professors profess nothing but reactionary support for the existing relations of power and the ruling political class; they could learn a thing to two from their students."

pete healey said...

An old survey, from the 1980's I think, had about 80% of Americans in favor of direct popular election of the president, but 58% of political scientists preferred keeping the old system. After all, the "two party system" is how they make their living, and if anthing changed that, they might have to learn something new, God forbid!