Likewise with the radical and violent Muslims in reaction to this whole Muhammad cartoon thing, and rightfully so.
So now, in the interest of equal time, I want to take this opportunity to lob a few stones at the liberals' glass house.
You see, it's the House Democrats who introduced House Resolution 4694 - a decidedly undemocratic measure which seeks to limit, nay, deny third parties in American politics.
In an uncharacteristic show of balls, the Democrats led by Rep. David Obey (D-WI) named the resolution (get this) the "Let the People Decide Clean Campaign Act."
Key highlights of the resolution:
- Mandates public funds (taken from the U.S. Treasury) to candidates for the House of Representatives
- Forbids candidates from taking private funds such as contributions from individual donors
- Provides funds for candidates of the "two major parties"
- Third-party candidates must obtain enough signatures to exceed 20% of votes cast in the last election within their district to be eligible for the same funds that Republicans and Democrats would receive
- But third-party or independent candidates cannot pay petitioners to collect the signatures that would make it possible to fund their campaigns.
Now, I agree that there are serious issues that need to be dealt with in the American electoral process - money and influence peddling to name a few. And you're kidding yourself if you think it's just a "Republican problem." However, the solution isn't to infringe on our rights by limiting our choices (number of parties/candidates) or our voice (monetary contributions and media purchases).
If the parties are really interested in improving the process, they should consider a drastically reduced campaign time frame. Why do we need two years of campaigning to decide who we're going to vote for, when most people just vote the party line anyway?
Limit campaign spending to a two-month period just before the election, and you'll solve 80% of the problems. And neither party would have to out themselves as the bastards they are.