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February 07, 2010 2:00 AM
by Steven Borne
We should all agree that democracy is the best political option. However, our democracy, developed by our founding fathers, fought for by the colonists and preserved by generations of veterans, has lost its way.
To date, no blood has been shed in this political civil war, but it will take a massive effort to snap our nation out of this downward spiral and rejuvenate our great democracy.
Are you proud of our government and the partisan bickering over the past decade? Do you think our current government equals the greatness or potential of our nation? Are you comfortable with the monstrous national debt? Do you believe our government serves us or the money, when in 2008 more than $5.3 billion was spent on federal elections, the lobbying industry was more than $3.3 billion and earmarks totaled more than $18 billion? When will the fabric of our nation tear as the political extremes rip our nation apart in the escalating civil war for political power?
Are you enraged that in most industries technology brings better services, products and lower prices, but the cost of our health care continues to rise? Thanks to the Supreme Court, are you prepared for the onslaught of slanted influential marketing as industries, corporations and unions unleash millions to manipulate our representatives? Do you wonder how mangled congressional districts will get after the partisan redistricting that will follow the 2010 census?
What else about our current government and money driven political system makes your blood boil? Companies too big to fail, negative campaign tactics, corruption, Iraq, taxes, on and on it goes, you can add the next dozen. How long are you going to tolerate this? In 20 years, do you want to face your children, grandchildren or yourself with the knowledge that you just made excuses for not trying to end the suffering caused by this political civil war?
Some say work from within one of the two existing parties, but I doubt all of the money in New Hampshire would make much of a difference. So we need to do something else, such as create a new option for ourselves. In New Hampshire, the ruling parties require that a new political party collect an estimated 32,000 party nomination ballots (a 10-foot, 8-inch stack of paper) to yield the required number of validated signatures to have another option (political party) for all elected positions.
So we can either accept this challenge or continue to passively hope that polarized political parties will actually change on their own. We have a better chance, if we decide to change what we do and through conviction and personal commitment get an independent party on the New Hampshire ballot for 2010. Whether it is in Concord or Washington, a small, centralist, independent party can force a legislative body to focus on practical and common-ground solutions.
The New Hampshire chapter of the New American Independent Party (NAIP) is working to get on the New Hampshire ballot for 2010. Once on the ballot, active and engaged citizens can recruit representatives who would be dependent on grassroots support, not out-of-state money. NAIP candidates would be free to represent us, not compromised by other people’s money. They can build coalitions of Republicans and Democrats committed to getting the business of government accomplished in the most cost-effective manner possible.
Getting a new political party on the ballot in New Hampshire will make a loud and clear statement that can shake voters out of their apathy in the state and across the nation. However, we must work hard, smart and efficiently to quickly. Nomination ballots are available at www.newamericanindependent.com. Signing the petition does not change a voter’s party affiliation; it only states that they want a third option on the 2010 ballot.
You can be mad, upset and frustrated, but unless you get off the sidelines and get active, nothing much is going to change. We need help developing, organizing and implementing the ballot nomination signature process. We will need to present NAIP and our plan in every town, city, secondary school and group to educate, motivate and inspire our fellow citizens.
Once the ballot obstacle is cleared, we get to recruit individuals who have the skills and abilities to succeed when inserted smack in the middle of dueling political forces. To win, our representatives (state and federal), will be dependent on our grassroots network to counteract the flood of money that will pour into New Hampshire to keep the ruling parties in power. If in 2010 NAIP candidates capture at least 4.5 percent of a statewide race (governor or Senate), then we do not need to repeat the ballot petition process for 2012.
As the politically aware First in the Nation state, we have an opportunity we can either leverage or squander.The choice is up to us. So, if you choose to invest your time, unique skills and abilities to help rejuvenate our democracy, now is the time to step forward and contribute. Please visit the NAIP Web site or contact the N.H. party chair directly at email@example.com and let’s get to work to make America American again.
Steven Borne of Rye is the New Hampshire party chair for the New American Independent Party.