reply to post by John_Rodger_Cornman
I vote to support The Independent Party, because it is the only party where integrity is the cornerstone.
All candidates sign an integrity pledge that commits them to only voting the way they have stated in their individually publicly published platforms,
which must be consistent with the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. (Because they must swear to uphold and defend the Constitution when
elected and integrity is the cornerstone of the Party)
They are respectful of people with differing values, goals and policy positions that are well thought out and are consistent with the American
Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
The Independent party does not have a cohesive platform other than honesty in making pre-election promises and following through on their promises as
best they are able.
Candidates can differ in their values, goals and promises, and be truly Independent and let the voters decide who they wish to choose. A Los Angeles
member may have entirely different values, goals, and promises from a member in Alabama, however each must pledge to do all they can to uphold their
personally stated values, goals and promises.
The only requirement for the Independent party is that candidates must have clearly stated goals, platforms, and values and must publish them publicly
when running for office.
Once elected, members must adhere as strongly as possible to pre-election promises and statements or be removed from party support for the first
offense and kicked out of the party for the second offense.
A defense for an offense is allowed if the elected official feels that a certain bill upholds their promises to constituents more than it harms their
constituents based on their published platform.
There are standards to uphold. Not social standards, the party enforces the member’s own stated standards which are clearly laid out for the voter.
The standards set by the candidate are the measure, the stick by which integrity is measured.
Compromise in legislation is permissible as long as the elected representative can make a logical argument that the compromise upholds their
promises/platform more than it goes against their promise/platform.
The party members are in no way be obligated to vote on a party line, since there is none, they are to vote the way they were elected by the people to
vote as expressed in their public platform statement.
The Independent Party, holds as its primary value that elected officials are SERVANTS to the people and are to serve the people who elected them into
office by doing their utmost to only vote the way stated in their public platforms.
In full disclosure, there is no such party, I just wish there were. Who wants to start it?
edit on 16-10-2013 by grandmakdw because: grammar
edit on 16-10-2013 by grandmakdw because: integrity