In recent days, both former Republican Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and the former Democratic Governor of Kentucky, Julian Carroll, have issued demands that independents join the Democratic or Republican Parties. In a recent speech, Palin instructed independent tea party activists:
“Now the smart thing will be for independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party,” Palin said. “Which party reflects how that smaller, smarter government steps to be taken? Which party will best fit you? And then because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they’re going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: ‘R’ or ‘D’.”
In Kentucky, independent activists have launched an effort to open Democratic and Republican primaries to independent voters. Ryan Jaroncyk reports at CAIVN:
independents scored a huge victory for more open primaries in the Kentucky state senate. Despite strong opposition from Democrats, the Kentucky Senate voted to allow registered independents the opportunity to participate in the primary elections. The vote moves to the Kentucky House where Democrats comprise a majority, putting passage in jeopardy. Independent Kentucky, a grassroots nonpartisan organization, is leading the growing effort to allow the tens of thousands of registered independents a voice in the primary elections.
Also at CAIVN, Chad Peace sums up former Kentucky Governor, and sitting State Senator Julain Carroll’s response to the initiative:
You won’t believe this until you see it. In a stunning admission, former Governor of Kentucky and current State Senator Julian Carroll admitted, “I could care less what [independents] want…we operate democracy in this country with a two-party system.” These comments were expressed following an interview with independent activist Michael Lewis, where the Senator suggested that if independents don’t like the way the political system is run, they should “leave the country”, and by pushing for open primaries, independents were trying to “destroy the two-party system.”