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Incumbent Dictatorship: There is an obvious reason why there are so few nonpartisan independent candidates and minor political parties on our ballots. It is not because the American people are happy with our bipartisan two-party political system as it exists. We simply live in a bipartisan political dictatorship.

New minor political parties typically have to go to court, have to get petition signatures in huge numbers, and have to fight unfair ballot access laws, to get ballot access that lasts only through the current election year in which all that effort is expended. The same huge barriers are there the next year and each year thereafter. Ballot access is an annual struggle of huge proportions. Having spent all resources on ballot access, no energy or money is left to run a successful political campaign. The bipartisan political system can defeat all competition with no effort whatsoever. The Incumbent dictatorship wins almost all elections.

By election day, voters do not understand why or if another candidate is on the ballot. The nonpartisan independent or minor party candidate has spent all limited financial resources on obtaining ballot access. A new party usually gets less than the necessary 5% (or other percentage) needed to continue ballot access the following year, so the petition struggle starts again the next year. Burnout is a big problem even for the most motivated and energetic political reformers.

Less motivated or less energetic voices are quickly silenced by the struggle. The dictatorship wins by controlling state election law and the conduct of elections. Participants in opposition to the bipartisan two-party monopoly must push a huge boulder uphill year after year after year. More help is needed from the "silent majority."

If the nonpartisan independent majority wants to be heard in our undemocratic country, each person in that very significant majority must take a small share of the work that needs to be done.  We have the most restrictive ballot access laws of any "democratic" country in the world. Our political system is substantially undemocratic in comparison to other "wealthy" nations. We are not the world's leading democracy.

 

Time to Grow: Once achieved by petition, ballot access for a new political party should last for twenty years. Twenty years would allow time to build a new party without wasting time and money on constantly maintaining ballot access. Why do we need minor parties? The answer is simple. Every worthwhile reform in our history came out of new political parties, so-called minor parties. Competition fosters the use of the best solutions for the common economic and social problems of our people.

Even ten or fifteen years of hard won ballot access would allow competition from nonpartisan independents and new parties in our political process. Our process would be open to new ideas, and open debates would open access to the use of known workable solutions to solve our problems.

To preserve fragile freedom and our democratic republic we must not re-elect bipartisan career incumbents to public office, as often as possible, and replace them with as many newly elected private citizens as possible.

Opening ballot access is one of the central requirements needed to open our political process to competitive new leadership. (Top of Page)  

 

A Footnote: In the Summer of 2000, on Larry King Live, several well-known Democrats and Republicans were singing the praises of our bipartisan two-party system. Jesse Ventura, Minor Party Governor of Minnesota, made a statement to support minor parties and multi-party government. In matters of the vote he said, "We have one more choice than Russia" [under Communist one-party rule in the USSR]. Thank you Jesse for your point-blank wisdom.

[Note: In almost every case our bipartisan elections are "non-competitive," so we usually have only one choice, just like Soviet Communist Russia. Also, our incumbent re-election rate is 99+% and in Soviet Communist Russia, a known dictatorship, the incumbent re-election rate was 86%. Their dictatorship had just a little more opportunity for flexible leadership.]

In every advanced country with multi-party governments the voter turnout is very high, over 70% and as high as 90%. Our people, especially the young, know they are not represented and they do not vote. Our governments are bought by special interests. Everyone knows. (Top of Page)

Our young people are indifferent to bipartisan politics for good reason. They simply know they have no vote in governments controlled by the bipartisan two-party monopoly.

We would have a nonpartisan independent, minor party political system if we did not live in a bipartisan political dictatorship. 80% of us are nonpartisan and want a change. Trouble is, we simply are not aware of all the other nonpartisan independents, 80%, that surround our daily lives. (Top of Page)

I Pledge to be Self Term-Limited to Two Terms in Office: Four Years

RICH STEVENSON, dist03ky@cs2pr.us

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To preserve freedom and our democratic republic we must not re-elect bipartisan career incumbents to public office, as often as possible, and replace them with as many newly elected private citizens as possible.

Elect "Rich." You win. We all win. Rich is on your ballot for KY District Three Representative to the U.S. Congress on November 03, 2020. You must be proactive in this election campaign to have your voice heard in the U.S. Congress.

 

Elect nonpartisan independent candidates on your ballot. We all win if you apply term limits in the voting booth to all Incumbent public office holders. Establishment politicians do harm to our dreams of freedom and a democratic republic. As the years pass, incumbent politicians serve only their political party and other special interests that support their personal political ambitions.

 

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