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A party should only exist if it seeks to serve the needs of the people...that means all the people. Currently neither major party seeks to serve all Oregonians and that's why 3rd parties are so popular here.
It's pretty easy to carve off voting blocks by understanding demographic "hot button topics". It's also easy to win the support of interest groups by asserting support for certain public policy objectives that benefit their clientele. Both major parties are in the act of doing this right now in Oregon as they seek to fund and execute campaigns.
We won't emerge from November 2010 elections with elected representatives that are aligned, focused and ready to solve problems. In the process of becoming elected they never had to listen to anyone that they couldn't win over. Why would they start listening to each other and their constituents while in the Legislature if ideology, interest groups and strategy won them the seat?
Here's the hope that the Independent party excited in me: a party that listens through online polling..."listening" being the key word here. Of course both Republicans and Democrats currently use polls and surveys to extract information in order to carve off demographic groups with hot-button issues - but that's not listening.
Listening is empathetic. Listening is digressive. Listening enables understanding. Listening leads to problem-solving.
What I like about the Independent party is that they are attempting to listen to a wide variety of viewpoints through the use of an online survey.
We'll see what the Independent Party does with the information, but I'm hopeful that they will build a political movement that is radically different because it listens more than it talks.
And if this works, both parties might learn a lesson...and Oregonians might get the representation that we deserve.
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