Why do we need political parties? We have a Constitution, and we have a Supreme Court. People can run for political office in the various states, but what purpose does a political party serve? Why not just allow people to run for office, be elected and then hash it out in congress?
A political party is about discipline of a sort. Discipline is fine if the discipline is to a number of set and publicly known and understood principles. However when the discipline takes the form of control by very few people with an unspoken agenda, we have a serious problem.
The whole idea behind Freedom Party America is to bring power to the many millions of American voters who presently have no viable representation. Built with such a goal, we could not model our party after the model of existing political parties. Had we done so, there would have been no need for a new party for we would have fallen victim to the very same structural faults which have brought American voters to this point. We would certainly have failed the voters just as the present parties have done. Ours is indeed a “new” concept.
The Core Idea
The mechanism FPA has created to deny corruption, a mechanism which is found in no other party, is the “Legislative Agenda and Policy Committee”. This is a body of unelected party members around the nation. There will be two in every state. The party chairman will be the tie-breaker. In all there will be 101 persons on the committee. All will have taken an oath of fidelity to the party, its platform and its agenda. The Platform and the agenda will be available for all to see, at all times.
We will also have members of congress. Any FPA candidate for congress will also have taken an oath of allegiance to the party and its principles. Those members of congress will vote only as they are instructed to vote by the policy committee. They are not their own person where action in congress takes place.
The Legislative Agenda and Policy Committee (hence forth “LAPC”) will read every question before congress. Having done so, they will decide how FPA members of congress will vote. Those instructions will be directed to our representatives.
The LAPC will base its deliberation on all questions with regard to where the question stands in relation to the party’s platform. If they deem that the question agrees with the platform, they will instruct our representatives to vote in favor. If not, they will be instructed to vote “nay”.
No new legislation may be introduced or co-sponsored by a member of FPA in congress without the prior assent of the LAPC. Though the LAPC will actively seek counsel with its members of congress, only the LAPC will issue the voting instructions.
Any FPA member of congress or legislature voting in opposition to the LAPC will be summarily expelled from the party. In that event, although they will serve out the remainder of their term, they will be very unlikely to be re-elected. They will be stripped of committee seats and in effect, be rendered pretty much useless.
As we have seen, it is isn’t difficult for lobbies or other Establishment interests and powers to corrupt and control the few in congress who make most of the big decisions. However, it will be difficult to impossible for them to corrupt or control 101 unelected people, who rotate every three years. Neither will seniority count for anything among FPA members to congress. We will eventually have a Senate Majority Leader and a Speaker of the House who will be appointed by FPA leadership. Those people will still take their instructions from the LAPC. Should they defect, they will be expelled. No longer in the majority/minority party, they would lose their position, replaced by another FPA member of congress.
Meetings among the LAPC will be daily, conducted via Zoom or other electronic means. Our representatives will no longer be required to spend their waking hours seeking money for the party, as is presently the practice. That practice is a large source of corruption.
The Bottom Line: What It Means To Voters
We have been taken to the edge. We’ve seen what looms below and we’re on the way down. Join us and help us to turn the nation back on the course which made it the envy of the world and the best place on the planet for the individual to create a wonderful life for him/herself. Enlightened self-interest creates enlightenment available for all Americans.
The aim of the FPA structure is to take personalities out of congress. By sending persons to congress beholden to the LAPC, we have achieved that. What that means to voters is that, when FPA candidates are campaigning for election/re-election, the voter need only to look at the FPA website or listen to the candidate to understand how that candidate will vote on any given question before congress. Their campaign promises will be a recitation of the FPA platform, a platform available for the review of any voter wishing to see it. Our members of congress must vote as instructed by the LAPC and the LAPC must address any legislative question with respect to its relation to the constitution and the FPA platform. Thus, the voters will not be voting for a “personality” at election time. They won’t have to stand by helplessly, hoping that their candidate acts in accordance with his/her words, hoping that they are not a Progressive shill or otherwise corrupted or compromised. They will be voting for a platform. The integrity of the drive toward the FPA agenda is guaranteed.