When California becomes an independent country, or perhaps during the process of becoming an independent country, the people of California will choose the type of government system we want to have. Will we have a democratic-republic like the United States with a president and a bicameral legislature, or will we establish for ourselves a parliamentary republic with a prime minister and a parliament?
Possibly, with all our ingenuity and imagination, we can craft an entirely unique system of governance that works for California’s unique population and provides fair representation to the greatest number of people.
Right now, under the American system of government, voters belonging to third parties have no voice in government because elections are decided under the principle of majority rules. Although only about two percent of voters are registered with a third party, those two percent – roughly three million voters – have no representative in Congress thanks to the American “first past the post” election system.
Recently polling in California has shown that more voters are registered as unaffiliated, than with the Republican Party, which has been in decline for decades now. That tells us that even here in California, the people have a desire to move away from the two-party system. Meanwhile, nationwide, more and more people are registering as independents, and a record high percentage of voters say a third party is needed as an alternative.
If congressional seats were allocated according to a proportionality scheme, that would breathe death to the false dichotomy of Democrats and Republicans, and viability to third parties in this country, giving more voters a voice in Washington, while adding ideological diversity to the policy-making table and encouraging coalition governments. We could have this in an independent California and this campaign supports idea.
However, these are questions to be decided by future elections. While it is a very important question, this campaign is about making California an independent country and then entrusting its future, and the decisions about what form of government it will have, to the voters of California.