POLITICAL STRUCTURES GROW WEAKER
By: Sean Scallon
In the 150th
anniversary of the War Between the States, the Union Army of the Cumberland and the Battle
of Chattanooga in 1863 provides a good example of what may be the future of political
organizing in the country in the future.
was during the battle that the Army of the Cumberland, without any orders or commands or
led by generals or colonels, stormed up Missionary Ridge and drove the Confederates into
headlong retreat. Everyone joined in the fighting: cooks, porters, clerks, and drummer
boys, anyone who could carry a rifle or a flag. As described by Ulysses S. Grant
When those fellows get started all hell cant stop them. Indeed, what
happened at Missionary Ridge was known as a soldiers battle, a battle
fought without officers.
a way, Im sure thats the way the grassroots members of the Ron Paul campaign
feel right now. Their officers may well be
looking for a way out of the fight, looking to cut their deals with the winning side but
the soldiers are engaging battle after battle, in state convention after state convention,
are winning the delegates the official campaign say they want but perhaps dont want
for fear of continuously making the Romney campaign look like the hollow shell that it is.
those in the grassroots who have taken over state Republican Party are finding themselves
being deprived of funds and staffers and watching the national GOP set up
shadow state parties to direct funds to. Some party loyalty. And they accuse
the Paulites of being disruptive.
be it. Let those who wish to cut their deals do so. Let those who wish to plot and disrupt
do the same. Let Romney and Obama beat each other silly on the campaign trail. Those who
created Ron Pauls campaign from nothing five years ago will carry on. It was never the man himself or his family or
whatever they worked so hard for but the ideas he brought forth. And they will do so with the opportunity to perhaps
create a new kind of political structure within the broad outlines two-party system but in
an entirely different political culture.
be told, the Paul movement is already a political party. So are the Tea Partiers. A party
within a party so to speak. The two major party system endures because the Republican and
Democratic standards are two powerful brands, cultural totems, easy for persons to
indentify without actually being a member (which really there are few of) or do anything
for a simple shortcut for persons examining a ballot.
now can pretty much operate on their own without party backing. The Supreme Courts Citizens United basically allow a single
wealthy man to fund a campaign, or the most expensive part of it, which are TV and radio
ads. Its this fact which allowed the Presidential campaigns of Newt Gingrich and
Rick Santorum to last as long as they did without serous hope of victory. Rich men like
Sheldon Adelson and Foster Freiss helped them keep their armies in the field.
more than just rich men burning up their money in politics as though they would burn
cigars, campaigns can be funded by outside groups spending their own money like the Club
for Growth or can raise money on their own as the Paulites have shown with money bombs.