A New Political Party?
People, I am very unhappy with all of the political parties that are presently active in this Great Experiment we call the United States. Judging by the increase in the ranks of registered independents, I assume I am not alone; yet when I thought about it, I came to realize that independents really cannot fix anything. Every future vote and every political choice will still be between hacks from one party or another. SO, I was thinking we need a new party, an independent party, if you will.
Now, I will probably lose half my readers in saying this, but I still see the virtue in this nation: the Great Experiment, and I would like to see the experiment continue. Because of that, I imagined a name for the new party that would strike a chord with anyone who has read the Declaration of Independence; like, maybe the Independence Party; but the problem with the Independence name is, what are we seeking independence from? Pogo put it very well when he said, “We have met the enemy and they is us.” I want to fix “us” not go split personality, so I have to say no to the Independence Party.
I thought next about the Inalienable Rights Party? But, that is precisely one of the things I am so unhappy about. More people, in particular Judges, have found more inalienable rights (even inillegalalienable rights) than our founders could have ever imagined. I am not one who believes the founders are spinning in their graves, but I think their heads may be spinning.
Then I rejected the Life Party because there are already plenty of Right to Life people around, and I rejected the Liberty Party because I assumed I would be sued by the Libertarians. As far as I can tell, Libertarians believe people should be allowed to live without interference – as long as it doesn’t infringe on their copy write. SO, what does that leave?
Allow me to introduce the Pursuit of Happiness Party. We should at least be able to attract the under thirties and the college crowd, do you think? Hey! Get ‘em while they are young. Yes: The Pursuit of Happiness Party wants YOU.
Of course, I don’t expect our party will be perfect either. Surely we will have our share of arguments, like the one today at work where two co-workers argued about who had lost more brain cells for various reasons in their pursuit of happiness. I said, “Don’t worry about it.” (Always the peacemaker) “Most people only use 10% of their brains anyway. Heck, I know some people who only use 2%, but they mostly belong to political parties.”