Major Parties: Publicly Funded Private Groups

2008 Wahkiakum County Public Primary Ballot
2008 Wahkiakum County Public Primary Ballot

By Krist Novoselić

Ask most Republicans and they’ll talk your ear off about private initiative and how government can stifle innovation. However, their own party does not practice what it preaches.

Our right of association is protected in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. People have a right to come together and amplify their voices. This is at the heart of what constitutes a political party and is different from the express constitutional rights reserved by the federal government itself. That said, the Republicans and Democrats—two private groups that are not articulated in our founding document—have become part of government.

My point is that we have state parties in the United States. This is a result of policy choices and not necessarily the effect of interpretations of the constitution. Continue reading Major Parties: Publicly Funded Private Groups