The assertion of such a right by the parties raises a fundamental question about the nature of our democracy. Does it rest on the rights of voters or on the rights of parties? On one level the answer is simple. The Constitution makes no mention of political parties. The Bill of Rights speaks of the "rights of the people," not of the parties. After all, it is the people who organize the parties, so how could the rights of the parties they organize trump theirs?We face a challenge every day in this country -- move forward, or stay here? And "stay here" increasingly means going backwards.
In the very early days of our American revolution, soon after the independent forces won, George Washington warned us about the "baneful effects of party". In that spirit, let's continue the struggle.