A major difference with existing third parties will be one of structure. They determine candidates and party leaders basically the same way as the Democratic and Republican parties. It is a process that depends heavily on money and is greatly influenced by special interest groups. Therefore, even if they were successful in gaining elected representatives in the federal government, they likely would go down the same path of corruption and ignoring the Constitution. They would grow detached from the people, develop mutually beneficial relationships with the special interest groups, and want to use power to go beyond the Constitution for their personal benefit.
The Children of Liberty would be structured entirely differently than existing political parties. It would be structured so that the party and its political candidates are always accountable to the members of the party. The influence of money and special interest groups would be greatly reduced. The proposed structure would be republican in nature for the same reasons the founding fathers designed our government this way. The basic party structure proposed here would be as follows:
- Party members in each county, or parish, would determine a county leader. The people that are best able to choose a county leader most capable of promoting the party and staying committed to the party’s goals are those people in that same county. It is those people that the potential leader would have lived and worked with. Also the people of any county may at any time they desire change their leader.
- County leaders would determine the state leader. Similarly, to the above reasons, those that would be most able to choose a state leader would be the county leaders. Also, as above, the county leaders may change their state leader at any time.
- State leaders would determine a federal leadership committee for the party.
- The federal leadership committee would be responsible for overseeing the federal party organization.
- Party candidates would be determined by caucuses run by the county and state leaders. Also once a candidate is elected, the county and state leaders could call a special caucus at any time to strip the elected representative of their party status if they determine the individual is not adhering to the party goals. An elected representative would obviously continue to serve their term but would do so without the party label, and in the following election, the party would nominate a new candidate.
- Finally, the party should focus first on the legislature, as that is the more powerful branch of the federal government, and within that branch, the house races would be more manageable at the beginning. The temptation to try and grab the executive branch before the legislature would be nothing more than an ego trip and is a sure recipe for failure.
This structure would keep everyone accountable to the level above them. The people are at the top of this structure. The political candidates and the party organization are at the bottom. This structure would keep the parties’ elected politicians responsible to the people and the party’s goals. If any leader or candidate no longer upholds the principles of the Constitution, they could very quickly be stripped off their party status.
With this structure, no candidate would be capable of buying nominations. It would also not be possible for an outsider to come in and run with the party label. No long-term relationships between special interest groups and elected representatives could develop.