I have stated for years the this country needs a viable third party to help keep the Democrats and Republicans sensible. In many ways both parties have become like fiefdoms working for warring feudal lords. In the last decade, locally there have been several candidates to find themselves excluded from the political reindeer games of the closed societies created by our two-party system. In the last election current Republican candidate Eric Reyes felt the Rock Island Democratic Politburo’s boot up his a$$ when he tried to run on a Democratic ticket against current 17th district Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. From the posts I have been reading on QCExaminer’s Blog, it seems that the Rock Island Republican Old Guard are playing similar games with Reyes, now that he is running on a Republican ticket. I suppose, it should not come as any great surprise that either party plays childish games, like King of the Hill, when it comes to selecting their candidates. It is just disappointing that both parties preach self-virtue of all inclusive membership; while in reality they are little more than good old boy exclusive fraternities. Instead of actual diversity, each party is a closed society, that invites a hand-selected few individuals, whom are hazed and indoctrinated into the leadership positions. Non goose-stepping initiates, not allowed; everyone must march in unison. Reyes and past Quad City candidate wannabes should not feel alone as this even takes place on a National Level. Just ask the much beleaguered Tea Party and Libertarian Movements inside the Republican Party that are persecuted by both the Democrat and Republican Parties. But then, that is old news that I have stated numerous times. The Two Party motto is grounded in the philosophy of –> Candidates Wanted- Individualists Need Not Apply.