Letter: Political parties too powerful



A column in the Aug. 5 Columbian, “Gubernatorial debate puts Vancouver in spotlight,” reported that our county will be graced by a debate for the position of governor of our most bountiful state.

However, there will be just two people debating: Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. At nearly the same time, our primary ballots had nine candidates for governor.

Was it presumption or planned that those other seven candidates will lose?

Both parties were supporting only one candidate, measured by the media and other information we get. That left the other seven candidates without party support of any kind. They were on their own. What if the people had chosen someone different than the party’s favorite, like Shahram Hadian for governor or Stephen Pidgeon for attorney general?

We must ask ourselves as voters: Who is to determine the outcome of these elections, the voters or the parties? The facts tell us that the one with the most money will invariably win.

Our first president, and many others at that time, inveighed against “factions,” what we call “parties.” They knew that the power structure could invalidate the will of the people.

What then can we do?

Get informed. Vote independent of these influences and vote our principles, not the party line.

Red and Pauline Warren