My main and essentially only interest in politics is arguing for a new political party to replace one or both of the Democratic and Republican parties. In my opinion, something better is possible but it is unlikely to come from either party.The nature of the two political parties is human nature: Who has real power and influence in the Democratic and Republican parties? Outsiders and newcomers? Life-long insiders, hard core partisan ideologues and major campaign contributors? Neutral and objective analysts? People like you? Common sense argues the real influence is with the money and life-long, partisan insiders. The money probably carries the most weight just ahead of (or tied with) the politician’s penchant to put re-election above the public interest. Why shouldn’t outsiders or newcomers with no money but a good idea get a fair hearing? There are at least three good reasons:
- First, ordinary outsiders don’t have money. Like it or not, American politics is mostly pay to play, i.e., no pay, no play. The money, “extracting rent” from interest groups, is just the cost of doing business with political power. There can be a great return on investment.
- Newcomers are not life-long insider activists. People tend to trust and work with people they know. That’s human nature.
- Outsiders with a truly good idea will, more often than not, suggest something that goes against the grain of the prevailing political and/or religious ideology. The idea simply gets rejected. That’s human nature too.