Enter The Bureaucrats, The True Rulers Of The Republic by Kyle Leach

Enter The Bureaucrats, The True Rulers Of The Republic by Kyle Leach

Finis Valorum: The chair recognizes the Senator from the sovereign system of Naboo.
Palpatine: Supreme Chancellor, delegates of the Senate, a tragedy has occurred... which started right here with the taxation of trade routes... and has now engulfed our entire planet... in the oppression of the Trade Federation.
Lott Dod: This is outrageous! I object to the senator's statements!
Valorum: The chair does not recognize the senator from the Trade Federation at this time.
Palpatine: To state our allegations, I present Queen Amidala, recently elected ruler of the Naboo, who speaks on our behalf.
Padmé Amidala: Honorable representatives of the Republic, I come to you under the gravest of circumstances. The Naboo system has been invaded by the droid armies of the Trade...
Dod: I object! There is no proof! This is incredible. We recommend a commission be sent to Naboo to ascertain the truth.
Senator Teem: The Congress of Malastare concurs with the honorable delegate from the Trade Federation. A commission must be appointed.
Valorum: The point...
Mas Amedda: Excuse me, Chancellor. [whispers to Chancellor Valorum]
Palpatine: [Whispering to Queen Amidala] Enter the bureaucrats, the true rulers of the Republic. And on the payroll of the Trade Federation, I might add. This is where Chancellor Valorum's strength will disappear.
Valorum: The point is conceded. Will you defer your motion to allow a commission to explore the validity of your accusations?
Padmé: I will not defer. I've come before you to resolve this attack on our sovereignty now! I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee! If this body is not capable of action, I suggest new leadership is needed. I move for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum's leadership.
[The Senators begin arguing over Queen Amidala's decision, as Valorum sits down, stunned]
Mas Amedda: ORDER!!
Palpatine: Now they will elect a new Chancellor, a strong Chancellor. One who will not let this tragedy continue.
Dialogue Credit: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Episode_I:_The_Phantom_Menace
You may wonder why I would have you read such a long excerpt of dialogue from a fictional work, which is not even set on our planet, but in galaxy far, far away. What does this have to do with NH? Unfortunately, it has everything to do with our state and with our republic. We are this conversation right now.

Our own bureaucrats are hard at work developing strategies to center attention, fundraising, and resources on one pre-selected candidate. NHDP and the DNC have made it clear who their choice is and are shepherding the masses toward that candidate. This isn't about that candidate, this is about the bureaucrats in our party taking away some of the democracy we actually have in our republic and harnessing it to their own advantage.

Allowing elected officials to use their professional political personas online and offline to favor a single candidate is hurting our election process. Narrowing the debate field to six debates stifles conversation and limits criticism, which weakens our ability to learn about all the candidates and what they could do for us. Creating fundraising structures which benefit the most seasoned the most connected, again, simply weakens who we are as a people.

I suggest people contact both the NHDP and the DNC. Tell them the things you don't like about the process. Tell them to stop all endorsements before the primary. Tell them to stop the passive aggressive shepherding. Tell them to expand the debate schedule. Tell them to create a more equalized fundraising system for candidates. None of this is sudden, radical thought. These thoughts have been around as long as I've been alive.

We constantly say we are not like Republicans. We say we care about our people. We say care about their suffering. We say we care about the future of the republic and the world. We need to act like it and not just when it is easy and convenient for us. We've built a campaigning structure to be just like our opponents. That's awful. We need to fix that. We need to be bold. We need to really be different.

In The Phantom Menace Pademe says, "what if the democracy we thought we were serving no longer exists, and the Republic has become the very evil we have been fighting to destroy?" Let's work on making these changes to our party before we get to that point in our republic.

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