Independent candidates for Congress across the country are making the case that the Democratic and Republican parties are part of the problem, not the solution. In Maine’s Augusta Free Press, Chris Graham reports:
Republicans are talking tough on federal spending and the national debt right now, but where we they just a few years ago when they had control of Congress and the White House?
“Both parties, Republicans and Democrats, have left these issues unaddressed,” said Jeff Vanke, an independent on the ballot for Congress in the Sixth District who will challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte in November.
Vanke is making the budget and the national debt a central focus of his campaign. The 40-year-old former college professor proposes tying federal income taxes to the national debt to ensure that everyone, from the working class to the middle class to the wealthy, contibutes toward paying down our debt, within a simplified system stripped of or reducing many existing tax deductions.
“Not one single person in Congress will propose in specifics how to change the course we’re on, but I do,” said Vanke . . .
In South Dakota, B. Thomas Marking is striking similar tones in his independent bid for Congress. Marking explicitly describes his party affiliation as “None of the Above,” and explains:
In the current proclamations of both the G.O.P. and the Democrats, I find no coherent philosophy; other than whatever one is for, the other is most surely against. This relationship is as irrational and destructive as the famous feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families. For many, it seems the feud has become more important than doing the people’s business, sometimes more important than the objective truth.
Our major political parties are now more a part of the problem than of the solution. They routinely act irresponsibly, and consistently produce bad answers to the wrong questions. In addition, both parties have acted to further centralize power in Washington, one just a bit faster than the other. I have therefore sworn my fervent independence from both.
Following an interview with Marking over the weekend, South Dakota’s Press and Dakotan has published an editorial urging readers to consider the candidacies and proposals of those who are working outside of the two-party system:
the two major political parties do not have a monopoly on ideas and solutions for this nation. There are other ideas that lurk outside the two-party mainstream who have a few ideas, too. Listening to them does not mean you embrace them or endorse them. They won’t infect you or destroy you. But they just may make you think about other answers to the questions we face and about just how limiting and self-serving our two-party institution seems to have become.
Adapted from a post at Poli-Tea.