Is it time to abolish the Democratic and Republican parties? Jesse Ventura thinks so. The outspoken Independent and former governor of Minnesota put forward the proposal in an interview with Piers Morgan on Monday night. Their discussion took a bizarre turn when the CNN host equated the election of Independents to public office with fascism.
It’s no coincidence that co-opted media organizations like CNN would slime independents, third parties, and protests by calling them fascist. CNN and their ilk are beholden to the 1% and when push comes to shove will always defend them, even if it means making despicable allegations like Piers Anthony did.
“To save our country we need to abolish the political parties. Make them political action committees,” said Ventura, likening Democrat-Republican party politics to the gang war between the Crips and the Bloods. He even went one step further, arguing that the ruling parties are worse than the infamous street gangs.
Ventura says “The Crips and the Bloods, the street gangs, while they can be devastating to a certain small part of the population, the DemoCRIPs and ReBLOODlicans, the Democrats and the Republicans, they affect everybody in this country and they’ve been in charge for over 100 years. So, how can they say they’re not responsible for the horrible state that our country’s in today?” (Emphasis added.)
The Twin Parties of the 1% benefit mightily from the horrible state the country is in. With the exception of a few social issues there is no real difference between them. They support endless war, corporatism, and the plunder of the middle class by the wealthy.
Jesse Ventura proposes that the two parties be abolished and that we have non-partisan elections. We also need campaign finance reform with complete transparency on contributions, no Super PACS, hugely shortened election seasons, and no corporate contributions. Otherwise our corrupt two party system will continue to act like the gangs they are.