The purpose of this website is to examine the underlying causes of extreme polarization and dysfunction in our political system and to present viable solutions.
It started over 10 years ago with the idea behind the "E Party" series of novels -----designed to explain the need for an effective, competitive third party. From there, we developed the None Of The Above brand as reflected in our television programming on Grassroots TV in Aspen CO. Finally, we developed a website under the "Third Party 101" banner to develop a larger platform for exchanging ideas.
Our website is an extension of all these ideas. In creating NOTA, our goal is to not only present options to fix our political system, but to also encourage our visitors to get involved and stay active; to make a difference. Whether you take the small step of voting regularly or the larger leap of running for political office, our democracy functions best when the electorate is fully engaged.
In our opinion, the greatest causation of dysfunction and polarization derives from what we refer to as "incumbency protection": a rigged system in which incumbents rarely lose elections because of a distorted system of campaign finance, manipulated redistricting and unreasonable limitations regarding both ballot access and voting rights. To that end, we dedicate a section of the website to examining the elements of incumbency protection and solutions needed to avoid these systematic distortions.
Given the extreme advantages and distortions of incumbency protection and the fact that most changes require legislation from the officials who have created and perpetuated these advantages, we believe the most important changes will occur if and when our country has an effective, competitive third political party. To that end, we also dedicate a portion of our website to "Third Party 101" and the third party solution.
The creation of one or more effective, competitive third political parties is our solution to the extreme dysfunction and polarization for various reasons:
While visiting our website, we hope you get educated and then get involved! As we say at the end of each of the None Of The Above television shows: "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!"