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I was originally selected, back about the time the original MWP was formed by Iraq veteran Mike Lebowitz, to be the Maryland chairman. I really had little idea of how to start up such an organization for the whole state of Maryland, and, bringing these concerns to the attention of the leadership (at the time) resigned my chairmanship.
I'm glad to at least be back on the forums and helping to shape the movement. I believe our country IS in trouble, and those who just patriotically wave the flag and act as if nothing is wrong are only making it worse. Sadly, some of these people inhabit the leadership of our country's state, local, and even federal governments.
While I have not changed my GOP voter affiliation to "unaffiliated" just yet---and as there is no Whig Party in the State of Maryland with which to affiliate my voter registration instead of the GOP---I look forward to the day where, not only is a third party with an actual, moderate bent (unlike most third parties which have ideology scary enough to surprise even the most die hard Democrat or Republlican) is represented in the General Assembly, county and municipal governments or even (dare I say it?) the United States Congress, but has enough seats in any of these places to tip the balance of power in the favor of the American People. There have been periods in our history where there was a third party. Why not now?
You'll all be hearing from me again. I wrote on these boards, a few years back, a little essay on gerrymandering (the Great Redistricting Scam I call it, but I am not sure what I called the thread or if it is still there. I could always write it again I suppose). perhaps I could write more in the future.
The Right Honourable James Hacker, M.P.
Great to have you back, Mr. Hacker.
We are currently undergoing some organizational restructuring and refocusing, and we may yet have an important role for you to play going forward.
Pleasure to be back!
I want to make clear that, for the moment, I am not yet ready to give up my current registration/affiliation--as I live in Carroll County, MD, a Republican fief. The "real election" is of course the Republican Primary in this county.
(This is one reason I opposed the transition of the county government from a triumvirate elected at-large by the whole county, to a five-member panel elected from five commissioner *districts*...I used to call it the "Holy Trinity" <LOL>, but in a general election, there was a greater possibility of electing an independent or even <gasp!> a Democrat.)
So I doubt I would be good for a position of leadership in the party organization. Though I have campaigned (over my political "career") for a diverse group of people, our district's state delegate in her first re-election, and for a College Park city councilman (this is Prince George's County, MD, where "Republican" is a four-letter word), and was supposed to hand out things at the polls in favor of the referendum on same-sex marriage. Sounds a little schizophrenic, but my politics have, over time, changed a bit. I used to be a die-hard Republican, and then I groggily woke up and, with a gigantic yawn, realized how asleep I had been. I will not go over to the Democratic Party, as some of my friends have asked me why. Why would I, after all? The old addage of "Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire" comes to mind...I do not like to be a "hard core" anything, when it comes to politics.
And thus, I am here
Well, from a mathematical point of view, and I debated this with Mike at length, the two party axis is what is truly hurting our political representation. Its a matter of convincing the rest of our nation that they need to scuttle the Reps and Dems. He wasnt buying the methodolgy aspect of it, but hopefully its become obvious to him by now.
Does it become a multi-party system, or a one party system?> let the academics argue that point, Whigs simply want a FUNCTIONING system of proper governance led by the People and not their proxies.
Welcome back. Did we ever speak, back in the day?