Political Parties Apropos [political poetry]

  1. At the sight of a future political entrepreneur…
  2. My friend,
  3. How was your flight?
  4.                 And the TSA?
  5. The first charged me for water; say,[i]
  6. The second left another disgraced.
  7. What brings you by?
  8. What questions are on your mind?
  9. ‘Twas a long flight, and I read Alan Ware.
  10. ‘Tis about political parties, today,
  11. About how party system’s fare.
  12. Parties:
  13.       They’re institutions and mechanisms,
  14.                 Within the State.
  15.      They bring people together for a purpose—
  16.                 Exercising power is their place.
  17.       Some parties seek revolutionary ends,
  18.                 Like communists or libertarians.
  19.       Political parties are the legitimate way,
  20.                 To let those voices cause change.
  21.      Parties let political scientists see
  22.                 If Country X is a democracy.
  23.      Can opponents contest elections and sometimes win?
  24.                 Are all interests in society represented?
  25.       Some parties specialize on similar things:
  26.                 Similar values, attitudes and beliefs.
  27.       Others are much more cosmopolitan,
  28.                 Looking past narrow, contrived assumptions.
  29. Anyway, parties with Uncle Sam play,
  30.                 Seeking elegant seats without table trays.
  31.                 Occupying positions in the cabinet matters,
  32.                 The President does get lunch on a silver platter.
  33.                 So parties aggregate civil society’s interests,
  34.                 To win the political game. To remain.
  35.                                                                           In power.
  36. It’s the factors I want to discuss,
  37. Before it gets too late.
  38. I will need to leave shortly,
  39. For another date.
  40. Sociological, Institution, and Competition factors,
  41.                                 Ware denotes.
  42.                 Have you sorted those to date, [young stoic]?
  43. I think so.
  44. Let me think a moment…
  45. Which one?
  46. Sociological-
  47. Political phenomena through social phenomena:
  48. Social conflict.
  49. ‘Tis the way to explain,
  50. The dominant party in the state.
  51. Institutional-
  52. The institutional approach claims
  53. ‘Tis the rules that matter in the institutional setting.
  54. Say political patronage is eliminated from the game,
  55. Then patterns of conflict and co-operation suddenly change-
  56. ‘Twas an institutional play upon the stage,
  57. Which caused the new party exchange.
  58. Competition factors-
  59. Sociology and institutions are mostly ignored.
  60. The idea of competition is favored and explored.
  61. Parties are actors who make plays for votes through cues,
  62. Play upon institutions, beliefs, attitudes and values.
  63. The dominant party you will then notice,
  64. Due to the competition,
  65. Cleavaging POTUS.
  66. Old Institutionalism-
  67. The institutional focus was on the legal regime,
  68. Not the governmental norms—the mores.
  69. But when the British set up Parliaments in Africa; all see,
  70. ‘Twas not brilliant, but a failure in so many ways!
  71. The Behavioral Revolution-
  72. Then the norms and mores were the topic of study,
  73. The institutions were caveats, details—muddy.
  74. What mattered was political behavior—mass behavior!
  75. But alas the institutions could not be ignored altogether.
  76. The New Institutionalism-
  77. Political outcomes arise from the institutions,
  78. Rational choice theorists and economic assumptions,
  79. Grasp how Actors achieve their goals in competition.
  80. Well done! Well done!
  81. So far I have deduced;
  82.                 That you have understood the Introduction!
  83. Would you like to continue?
  84. Check your watch.
  85. I wouldn’t want you to miss,
  86. Another date; is it Faust?
  87. I might have time for chapter one… [laughs]
  88. I do like Anthony Downs:
  89. Spatial competition between parties,
  90. Displayed on the political spectrum.
  91. Meaning?
  92. Some ideology is Left and some is Right.
  93. If “Liberal” or “Conservative” are the choices,
  94. Then voters may choose upon the “Spectrum Sight.”
  95. And;
  96. Instead of the Ideological Graph:
  97. von Beyme delineated familles spirituelles.
  98.  Nine different political families from whom voters draft,
  99. Which excluded the United States and…
  100. Why is that?
  101. What’s their political leaning(s)?
  102. I’d rather leave it alone.
  103. Be brave.
  104. ‘Tis a mild debate!
  105. What does Ware say?
  106. The Unites States is an unusual case.
  107. Both parties are “liberal” parties:
  108. Both bourgeois and business they do embrace.
  109. And;
  110. Their connotations they’ve hugely contorted,
  111. So all peoples around the world may be confused,
  112. Like the Yard v. Meter debacle,
  113. Or the Gallon v. Liter use.
  114. Imagine;
  115. FDR “hijacked” the “liberal” connotation![ii]
  116. To support anti-Lockean, illiberal things—
  117. Stealing money from citizens-their personal holdings;
  118. And redistributing them to the poor deserving!
  119. Liberals ‘round the world are laissez-faire,
  120. But in America,
  121. ‘Tis “conservative” nomenclature!?
  122. Confused, contorted, debacled:
  123. Discernment!
  124. Quite a passionate reframe,
  125. And still honest enough [paladin].
  126. Ware did quote “hijacked” liberalism.
  127. And remember that the “conservative” term
  128. did not arrive ‘tll the 1960s with a Republican yearn,
  129.                                                                                         For power.
  130. Professor?
  131. Yes.
  132. ‘Tis difficult for me to find,
  133. That I’m constantly changing my mind.
  134. Because the more I learn, the more I find;
  135. That the table-talk political wisdom is rather unwise…
  136. That the T.V. doth daily propagandize…
  137. I feel that too long I believed…
  138. [looking into eyes]
  139. Believed many lines…
  140. Many lines that were lies.
  141. ‘Tis why we don’t talk about politics,
  142.                 In public.
  143. But we should.
  144. Don’t you think?
  145. That one day we’ll have:
  146. Mutual understandings?
  147. Hmmmm.
  148. Thanks for your time.
  149. Good-bye.
  150. Yes, keep that date.
  151. Another time we shall think,
  152. If it would be wise,
  153. For the factions to see,
  154. indeed—
  155. Democratic strides.

[i] On a recent 4 hour flight with Spirit Airlines—I needed a credit card to buy a water. Someone should study “On manners to achieve customer dropout.”


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