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Thursday, July 19, 2007

FromDC2Iowa: Self-Defeating Hostility Toward Third Parties

Excerpted from this post at FromDC2Iowa

Opposition to Third Parties and Electoral Reforms: The Third Party
"Threat." While the bickering regarding Wellmark's effort to buy a
University of Iowa college continues (see links below), the biggest
news this morning involves a baby step away from Iowa's reputation as
one of the most third-party-hostile states in the nation. Jason
Clayworth, "Iowa Voter Registration Forms to Include Third Party
Groups," Des Moines Register, July 19, 2007 editorial, "Letting Us
Register for Small Parties Good for Democracy," Iowa City
Press-Citizen, July 19, 2007, p. A9. The State had to be sued to
finally agree to do the decent thing, but at least the case is now
behind us. Professions of support for "democracy" to the contrary
notwithstanding, the two major parties have historically opposed
voting - even for their own candidates - especially by the poor. True
democracy has almost always been resisted by those in power. Most of
those said to be the fathers of our democratic system, those who
drafted the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, agreed with
John Jay that, "Those who own the country, should run it."

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