Excerpt from What About the Rest of Us by Chairman Frank MacKay
"One of the greatest fallacies projected to the American public by the media and the two major parties is that gridlock in Washington is caused by both parties’ failure to reach across party lines and work together to reform the federal government. The major parties claim to be ‘polarized’ on the issues, they claim to have steadfast “principles” and nothing ever gets done because the opposing party is the one preventing action on key legislation that could move the country in the right direction. Truth be told: behind the scenes, throughout the Capitol and away from the media’s glare, Democrats and Republicans get along pretty well. They talk, eat, play golf together and attend many of the same cocktail and holiday parties. They discuss regional issues, co-sponsor legislation and more often than not, are a part of the same small Washington clubs. Sure there are disagreements and some very profound disagreements, especially in relation to issues concerning military intervention and large social programs, but when it comes down to it, most are vulnerable to the very same influences; the press, campaign contributions and the insatiable desire to be a “player” among other powerful officials."
Our position is that candidates and elected officials should be free to tell the voters what their views are, without dictates from political party bosses, special interest groups and restrictive party platforms that may not reflect the truth about an elected official or candidate. We stand for honest dialogue with the American People and an end to empty political posturing and rhetoric that has long been fortified by the media, in collusion with the nation’s two-party system.
We believe our nation’s capital is a mass of dysfunction, as are many state and local governmental bodies, and it’s largely because our elected officials have erected a smokescreen fuming with empty partisan rhetoric, while behind the scenes they direct most of their attention to fundraising, the interests of powerful lobbyists and other political power brokers. We believe that a non-partisan third major party is the most direct path to fixing our broken system.
Let me be as clear with our readers as possible: anyone with highly partisan views on social issues such as abortion, same sex marriage, school prayer or any similar issues need not worry about the emergence of a non-partisan third major party in America. There are two well-funded major parties who want you on their voter rolls.
There are, however, millions of people out there with moderate and independent views who don’t feel as strongly about typical partisan social issues as they do about fixing our broken government. These people have a home with the Independence Party.
All too often we have heard about candidates, especially those in party primaries, bending their views to meet the narrow tenets of a Party’s platform in order to gain a political advantage over their opponents. Public officials and candidates should be free to talk honestly to the public and vote their conscience. We believe that much of the dysfunction in politics is due, in part, to this kind of highly partisan maneuvering, fueled by inter-party battles under the guise of polarizing social issues, which has the effect of preventing reasonable compromise.
However, there is a far more disturbing element to political gridlock in government. The People have been led to believe that inaction in Washington, and in many state capitals, is due to their representatives standing their moral ground against the opposing party, when in reality they have become nearly powerless in the face of wealthy special interests. Our elected officials in Washington spend far more time debating issues like ‘who should pay for birth control’ than figuring out how to pay back the billions of dollars they borrowed against the Social Security Trust Fund or from Medicare.
There are millions of Americans who will no longer stand for this charade, and they have lost faith in the major parties and their respective leadership. A new major party – a third choice – is what this nation needs. The Independence Party offers a model for change; our simple and straightforward platform promotes political independence and “centered and pragmatic leadership.” Our core values embody what it means to be a true independent and we have done away with all politically divisive and polarizing language in our platform.
The premise of the Independence Party is that elected officials should be free to legislate and use common sense in governing, and shouldn’t be tied to a partisan social platform that fails to honestly represent their views or that may run counter to the best interests of the electorate. They should be free to make budgetary, policy and legislative decisions based on sound reasoning and input from their constituents, not heavy-handed political party bosses or special interest groups.
Ultimately, our goal is to attract an independent non-partisan candidate for president who has achieved a high level of success in the private sector and is willing to run for the presidency as a political independent. This unique individual will also be the vehicle for the creation of a non-partisan third major party in America.
As a political leader, I’m often amazed at the number of people drawn into heated discussions after listening to the latest rant on talk radio, FOX News or its equivalents on the left. I have come to realize that the divisive nature of the American political system has served the country well in many respects, and so has the media and technology in their own right, but the merging and collusion of the three forces has created a negative political environment that has eroded our democracy. I believe that many elected officials are principled and have honest intentions when they seek public office, but they quickly become enveloped into the negativity of the system, which requires raising huge sums of money from special interest groups and engaging in dirty campaigns, based largely on false rhetoric, in order to gain the upper hand over their opponent. This needs to change.