I have concluded that the time is ripe for the formation of a third national political party. The Republican party may have power, but it also has an identity crisis. The executive branch reminds me of the Vichy regime, while the Republican-dominated Congress seems out of touch with what Americans want. Republican leaders seem willing to risk the health, education, prosperity, and general welfare of the people in the pursuit and preservation of power and corporate benefit.
I like the progressive direction of Democrats. Their leaders appear to care more for the people than Republicans, but I am discouraged with the effectiveness of their efforts to fight state voter suppression laws and their countenance of disproportionate corporate political influence.
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have a cohesive identity. The party platform of each party changes every four years, depending on the whims of presidential candidates. Independents seem to be treading water in the sea of political philosophy while Libertarians are big on freedom and small of heart, and the Greens have too narrow of a philosophy for the scope of national governance.
I want a party with a general, definable purpose; whose purpose is inclusive of all people—not just citizens; and, whose purpose includes the betterment of people’s lives in all sectors of society. I want the same thing that our American revolutionaries wanted. The Declaration states that governments are “instituted” to “secure” the rights of the people. That’s what I want–a political party whose goal is to have a government dedicated to securing the rights of the people.
Of course, to be fair and thorough, government would need to secure all rights of the people. If some rights were omitted, then the result would be an imbalance, with some rights enforced and others excluded. And, that’s not just an abstraction. When human rights are excluded, people’s lives are impacted. If you want an example of that, just look at the eight rights of the Declaration and consider how life might have been different had any of those rights been included in the Constitution (especially the rights to equality and safety). Only one of the Declaration’s eight rights in diluted form, is stated, as Article Five, in the Constitution.
In case you haven’t noticed, our government’s allocation of resources is imbalanced. Congressional budgetary decisions seem to be made on an ad hoc basis without reference to guiding lodestones. The balance problem goes back to the formation of the Constitution. Eleven years after the Declaration, members of the Continental Congress gathered and formed a Constitution for organizing the powers of federal government. The Constitution was not formed to secure the rights of the people. Instead it was formed to further national interests.
Human rights were not a part of the Constitution when it was first ratified in 1789. Two years later, some rights, known as the Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution as the first ten amendments. Unfortunately, the Bill of Rights did not come close to being a balanced, comprehensive body of rights (emphasizing some social rights while ignoring educational, cultural, and safety rights). Furthermore, I have seen no indication that any members of Congress were aware that there could be a balanced or comprehensive body of rights when they passed the Bill of Rights.
In my next blog, unless contemporary events dictate a delay, I will present, display, and discuss a balanced and comprehensive body of rights that could be used as an organizational matrix for a government whose purpose is to secure and encourage the rights of its people. In turn, the goal of achieving a human rights-based government could be the motivating purpose for establishing a national political party.
For those who want an in-depth perspective on the significance and applicability of human rights to society, I refer you to my Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers. The book is available at all major booksellers in paperback or as an eBook. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dennis+boaz