One of the inalienable rights enshrined by the Founding Fathers for all American citizens is the ability to participate in politics and the process of their own governance. Representation is designed to be equally proportional to the will of the voters. Unfortunately, the electoral machine has undergone a radical transformation that drastically errs towards oversimplification. The apparent lack of a personally meaningful choice during elections is one of the most common factors that dissuades individuals from casting their votes. There is no instantaneous remedy to the confines of a diametrically divided two party system; however, constituents do not have to resign themselves to governmental impotence. Instead, disenfranchised people in America can form their own political parties to advance the causes they feel are overlooked and ignored by the mainstream establishment. There may not be any better way to get involved in politics. It can be a lengthy bureaucratic procedure, but the chance to significantly alter the stagnant political atmosphere is worth all the investment. Anyone can cultivate a functional political brand if they use this step-by-step guide to navigate the elaborate election system.
Step One: Decide on a Cause and Establish Your Political Identity
The most important element of an auspicious political brand is a clear and personable purpose. Pinpointing specific political beliefs is key to crafting an appealing mission statement. Every political party has a philosophical foundation regarding its ideal view of the role government should play in the lives of its citizens. Once this agenda is devised it is necessary to create a name that is a summation of the fledgling party’s beliefs. This moniker should be thought-provoking but inoffensive.
Step Two: Organize Ranks and Register With the Secretary of State
Once a name is selected, the party can file for official status. A democratic election of party leaders should take place upon this filing to allow the structure of the organization to be properly disclosed. This is the first occasion in which to gather supporters and have a discussion to collectively choose devoted figureheads for your brand. Emphasize shared responsibilities and facilitate open communication. It is necessary to open a bank account in the party’s name and remember the financial activity will be monitored.
Step Three: Accumulate Party Members Through Grassroots Initiatives
Having a legitimately recognized political party is not enough to garner inclusion in an election; fundamentally, a political party must register a minimum plurality of one percent of all eligible voters to be considered viable by the state and added to the ballot. This can be accomplished through constant localized promotion. It is effective to advertise anywhere one travels. Shamelessness can be a virtue in amassing an operable community of supporters. The task of collecting enough constituents is arduous, but innovation at this stage will separate the winners from the losers. Witty slogans and catchy graphic designs are valuable assets, but nothing can take the place of a relatable manifesto.
Step Four: Formally Petition to Earn Participation in the Election
The mass pigeonholing of a wide majority of Americans into two parties poses a major hindrance to anyone’s capacity to receive the formal status of a political party, because the mandated numbers do not exist. It is nearly impossible procure the necessitated plurality because most individuals are already devoutly affiliated. Those who are unregistered oftentimes remain that way due to a persistent apathy. Luckily, there is a method to circumvent the registration requirement. The easiest way to get on the ballot is to collect signatures of support. You can be swiftly ushered into the nomination process if ten percent of the possible voters sign their names on your petition demarcating their approval. This roundabout system lets people support a party without having to personally subscribe with it. People are more willing to help a cause if they do not have to become obligated or committed to it. All signatures should be submitted in a timely manner, especially since every one needs to be verified. The Secretary of State will certify the inclusion of a new party once this step is completed.
Step Five: Raise a Significant Amount of Funds
An uprising political party that has fulfilled all the previous requirements is certified official at this juncture, but its development is still beginning. Without popular recognition a political party is a governmental faction in name only. Receiving legal validation is just the initiation for a budding interest group. Even though a party at this level now has permission to operate openly in the democratic process, it hardly has access to the means that their well-established opposition does. The only way to successfully gain influence is through the generation of exorbitant cash flow. Money is the sole predicative of American governmental behavior in modern times. This is why non-stop campaigning is crucial. Constant publicity is the only surefire way to gain political traction while simultaneously filling the organization’s coffers.
If you manage to accomplish all of these things, you will have successfully started a political party! While it may seem nearly impossible to accomplish this herculean task, don’t be discouraged. Only the citizens of this country, such as yourself, have the power to start a political party and shake up America’s balance of political power. I wish you look in this endeavor!