posted on Mar, 15 2009 @ 01:49 PM
If you have been following politcs for an length of time, then you are probably just as disgusted by it as I am.
Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, or Independent. You will probably have to agree that we are not being represented by our
current political parties.
I think that one of the problems is that every issue is forced into a false dichotomy by our so-called two party system. In fact we have a multi-party
system but the major parties and the major media constantly refer to it as the "two party system". There are more than two sides to most issues, yet
the Republicans and Democrats argue bitterly over these issues as if there were only a black and white, right or wrong, answer to each of them.
We live in a country of 300 million people, that is the third most populated country in the world, surely there are more than two opinions on each
issue. This board is proof that there are many more opinions on any topic. Why should our politics be forced into two pigeon holes that many times
amount to, "Tastes Great", "Less Filling" kinds of arguments.
So, I propose a new political party in an attempt to usher in a new politics for the United States and perhaps serve to re-unite the United States.
What I am proposing is not a "Third Party" movement, but instead I am proposing a "Replacement Party". What is the difference? A Third Party would
compete directly with the existing parties. A Replacement Party is intended to provide an alternative and eventual replacement for the way we conduct
I propose the creation of the "Integrity Party", since it is my opinion that integrity and ethics no longer exist in any of the existing parties.
The Integrity Party would take no official stand on any issue, they would offer no platform. Anyone is free to join the Integrity Party and to run for
office. The candidates would decide what their positions are on the issues, with no input from the party. So, any number of opinions could be
expressed on the issues. The Party would not care if you are a conservative, liberal, socialist, or whatever. The candidates positions would be public
and the candidate alone would have to answer for them.
What the Integrity Party would require from each candidate for office would be a formal "Declaration of Positions" on the major political issues of
the day. This formal declaration would be made public and filed by the Party. If the candidate later changed his/her mind about an issue then they
would have to file an amendment to their declaration. The amendment would be reviewed by the Party and either approved or rejected.
The candidate would have to provide a written explanation for their change of heart. They could change their mind on the issues, but they could not do
so repeatedly for political expediency, as we have seen too often from other parties. Flip-flopping on an issue would not be tolerated and a
candidate could face disciplinary actions from the Party for violating their campaign promises, their Declaration of Position, or their public
In short the Integrity Party would follow the Cadets Pledge from the service acadamies. "An Integrity Party member does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor
tolerate anyone who does."
Disciplinary actions could include, fines, censure, or expulsion from the Party. Any act of malfeasance would be grounds for expulsion, for instance:
misuse of campaign funds, lying, cheating on their taxes, and for conduct unbecoming of a public figure. In the Integrity Party a person's word is
their bond and if they break that bond, then they forfeit the benefits of the Party. Once they lose their sponsorship, they can never regain admitance
to the Party. They would however be free to join one of the lying, cheating, and stealing, parties.
As I said earlier the goal of the Integrity Party is to change the way politics are conducted in the US. It is intended that this Party would replace
one or more of the existing parties. So, the Integrity Party would be equally critical of the politicians from other parties who, flip-flop, lie,
cheat, steal, and embarrass their constituencies.
I think that the existance of such a political party could radically change the face of politics in this country in a very short time. I think that it
is time, what do you think?
I live in Georgia, during this thread I will investigate the steps required to form a new political party in this state. I hope that other members
will do the same in their respective states. By the end of this thread we all should have a pretty good idea of the resources, manpower, and time that
it could take to form such a party.
I have seen many, many threads on ATS about the coming crisis and the what if scenarios for when the SHTF. I think that the Integrity Party is a more
proactive and optimistic approach to building a shelter, storing up food and guns, and planning an escape. It is not too late to change things, let's
step up and change things together.