Saturday, August 8, 2020

Answering the question: Why do we have political parties

Roger Carlton
Humans like organization. Bureaucracies for government, religions to explain or excuse the inexplicable and political parties to make choices in leadership.
We organize the materials that make up our biosphere into the periodic chart. We arrange everything into some measurable system like the autism spectrum. We assign value with money. Our Constitution requires a census every 10 years. During my career with Lockheed Martin, we were told that “you are what you measure.”

Political parties allow people to identify with their emotions at the ballot box. I am conservative so I am a Republican. I am liberal so I am a Democrat. I don’t want to be categorized so I am an Independent. I can’t handle the civil rights movement so I am a Dixiecrat. I hug trees so I am a Green Party member. I hate anyone but Aryans so I am a Nazi and so on and so forth throughout history.

People are tribal. We are only 10,000 years or so from living in caves.
So we need political parties to let us express our desire to win at the ballot box and not with clubs. It is when the political parties forget their mission to organize and return to their tribal roots that we need to worry as a civilization. Let’s hope that people realize that in November.


Elephant's Child said...

Sadly, increasingly, I really don't like the major tribes. And fear for people who don't fit into the prescribed (and limited) moulds.

Glenda Beall said...

I feel the same, EC. I don't feel I fit into the major parties in the USA. My fear is that democracy in this country is failing and what will we end up with here?

Stu Moring said...

Sadly, there are a lot of people who seem to advocate for a president for life, a dictator. But, sooner or later, I feel that the forces of liberty that founded this country will return and compromise will again be recognized as a necessity for governance. I hope to hang on until then.

Glenda Beall said...

Yes, Stu. We know some who want the president to be a dictator and it is frightening. But I hope our country will straighten out this nonsense in the next election. Thanks for leaving a comment.