The New York Primary

April 19, 2016

If New Yorkers didn’t declare that they were Democrats or Republicans by October 9, they were not allowed to vote in yesterday’s primary. 27% of all eligible voters in the state were not allowed to cast their ballots because they are Independents. This process is so rigged, and the people of the United States can see it. It serves us to remember that political parties are not even mentioned in the founding documents of our country,and George Washington actually warned us about them in his farewell address. His predictions regarding the potential of political parties to negatively influence our democracy have come to pass.

In effect, the two major political parties now write the rules for our democracy. And no one gets to overrule them. This cannot and will not lead to anything good, because 47% of eligible voters now consider themselves Independent.

It has all become little more than theater, I’m afraid — produced by a shadowy elite for the entertainment more than the actual empowerment of the electorate. This is a sad and trying time for those who love democracy, and who fear for what will happen in this country if we continue to degrade it. All I know for sure is that we should not look away. We should not distract ourselves or divert our eyes. We should not pretend that if we disengage, the problem will take care of itself. It will not. But as we continue to recognize what’s happening, and hold in our hearts the vision of possibility that is still yet the essence of America, then answers will come. We will reclaim democracy for the people it was intended to serve — and that means all of us, not just some.

  • Garyklara

    Absolutely so true – thankyou Marianne!!!!

  • Pat Nicholson

    Just read this! I always vote. I felt a bit ridiculous when I went to vote in the NY Primary at my local polling place and was informed that I could not vote as a registered Independent and citizen of the United States! This political system has regressed to a pre – founding fathers perspective, and the U.S. has become a dangerous place to live again.
    Though I recognize that no-ONE in the world is “safe” literally. It’s disconcerting on a daily basis.

  • MyBoy Henry

    The two parties are not public institutions. You have no right to vote in a primary. Neither party is required to hold a primary. If you want to run for public office, you really should understand the system, instead of complaining about it. I sincerely hope you don’t bring up the popular vote. That would really show ignorance of the founding documents.