I'm going to go to my caucus (how 18th century of me) tomorrow, swear before God and my neighbors that I'm aligned with some political party (again, an outdated concept), and express my interest in one of the candidates that interest me.
However, more than that, I hope to read some of the following subversive text, taken from that hotbed of dangerous political ideas I call the Revised Code of Washington: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=29A.56.010
The people of the state of Washington declare that:
- The current presidential nominating caucus system in Washington state is unnecessarily restrictive of voter participation in that it discriminates against the elderly, the infirm, women, the disabled, evening workers, and others who are unable to attend caucuses and therefore unable to fully participate in this most important quadrennial event that occurs in our democratic system of government.
- It is the intent of this chapter to make the presidential selection process more open and representative of the will of the people of our state.
- A presidential primary will afford the maximum opportunity for voter access at regular polling places during the daytime and evening hours convenient to the most people.
- This state's participation in the selection of presidential candidates shall be in accordance with the will of the people as expressed in a presidential preference primary.
- It is the intent of this chapter, to the maximum extent practicable, to continue to reserve to the political parties the right to conduct their delegate selection as prescribed by party rules insofar as it reflects the will of the people as expressed in a presidential primary election conducted every four years in the manner described by this chapter.
In other words, in 1989, we enacted INTO LAW the opinion that caucuses are a bad idea, and yet the Democrats are 100% invested in it, and the Republicans 51%.
Stop it, stop it, stop it.