Why run as No Party Preference (NPP) ?
My long time dissatisfaction with the existing two-big-party arrangement has lead me to conclude that at the present time, as they are configured, the Democrats and the Republicans are more narrowly representative of special interests, such as big banks, large corporations, and the military industrial giants than they are of average American citizens. They hog the road of political discourse and don’t let new ideas pass. They have not evolved at the speed of American society and cannot be relied on to promote necessary changes. They ask for power for the few while not defending the needs of the many. Apparently, here in California, at least one-third of the voters agree with some version of this thinking and abjure from affiliating with them. And they play the big money and media game that has driven many new and innovative voices out of politics. They are a big part of insuring incumbent re-election and in maintaining the Electoral College, a distinctly undemocratic anachronism left from deals made with aristocrats and slave holders at the Constitutional Convention in1787. Although not specified in that document, parties grew out of the factions that developed around Jefferson and Hamilton and support an ossification of power and resistance to change. We need a new template for organizing voters so that there are more than just 2 caucuses in Congress and that a more independent faction can force the big parties to compromise.