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Even the best government and political system has flaws; we have to work on an imperfect system and may be able to enact only limited change. I will avoid talking about rigged or fake elections, though I feel that it is a growing concern. However, I will stop short of saying that I believe democracy is truly dead at the time I'm writing these lines.

I have observed politics in United Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and now in the United States of Europe. Most often, it was not democracy because there was an almighty leader following a vision no one could agree with.

DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICS

From an early age, I have thought politics didn't work. For some reason, even though the process looked entirely democratic, we always ended up voting for parties instead of people, and hence, always seemed to elect the wrong people. It has been my observation that once in power, leaders rarely do what the people actually want. It always ends up in disaster, and sometimes we even re-elect the same horrible people, and no one can understand why.

It is really a question of transparency about who we do elect to power. Who are they truly deep down, do we even get to really know, considering all the lies we are being fed all the time?

I have never bought into anything about communism or socialism; for some reason when they came to my universities to recruit new fresh minds, I never got on the boat.

I remember "The Social Contract" of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hobbes and Locke and most especially, "The Prince" of Machiavelli. I know that the American political structure was inspired by Charles de Montesquieu who lived in France from 1689 to 1755, and who also inspired the French political system. Unfortunately, his famous theory of the separation of powers no longer works. It is obvious to anyone that this separation of powers no longer exists, or at least can easily be circumvented.

I simply want to talk about politics at its most basic function and structure; because this is what I feel does not work and ultimately fails us all. This is what can give the power to anyone to start a world war or destroy an entire economy for the wrong reasons.
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PARTIES MUST GO

A radical change in the structure itself is required. Basically, the
The idea of political parties needs to go. It is the most outdated and impractical concept in politics. More so because in this day and age, the line is so blurred between party lines, there is not much difference if you vote for one or the other.

The only difference is a few main "wedge issues" such as being for or against gay marriage, abortion, women's rights; should we give more money to big corporations; should we give more money to the poor; and finally, the big argument that cannot fail to win you an election: should we have tax cuts and who for and continue a tax code that is punitive to the powerless and gives a pass to the powerful.

Now, these few issues truly have nothing to do with any political party, for most of the time they will be no more than attempts to garner votes of special interests. These can be debated anyway by all the elected representatives. If you paid more attention to the personal beliefs and ideas of local representatives instead of the political party you will vote for, you would know if the person you're about to elect will be a little tyrant and betray you completely or not.

That little group of local politicians is really all you need to study in order to vote, nothing else. By electing a political party, you most likely vote for the representative of that party without knowing anything about who that person truly is and what that person can truly do for you (or to you). Most of the time these people are so powerless anyway, their elections are more like a formality for a party to get into power, and then the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, or the President and his appointees take over the show.
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So in essence, you will be ruled by a very small group of people. And your local representatives, you will know very little about, and they will be powerless anyway, without a voice of any kind. You see the problem?

THE PRICE OF POWER

By getting rid of political parties and coming back to basics, we will also eliminate another growing concern in actual politics. Now parties are spending so much money on their elections, it goes into the millions if not billions. What does this tell you? That only rich candidates can now get into power. Where do they get the money? This invites bribery, corruption, conflict of interests, and now we're destroying Iraq to take over their natural resources, because who paid for the American Elections? Petroleum companies.

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