For representational government to work it must have a functional system for rotation in office and for the removal of representatives who have become jaded in their work and lost the confidence of the people. As it exists now our electoral system has become an enabler of perpetual incumbency and that is a formula for tyranny.
The stagnation in our electoral system is largely the result of entrenched interests within the political party system using their fundraising ability and their institutional power to maintain the status quo. They support the established incumbent leaders in power against any challengers with the goal of keeping the party leadership structure and position of power held by that establishment stable and intact. They place the power of the party ahead of the will of the people.
In the 2010 election there were a number of Republican primaries where organizations like the Republican National Committee or state or county Republican Party organizations used the money of their members and their influence within the party to try to block challenges to incumbent or picked establishment candidates from tea party candidates who had much greater popular support like Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. They spent money donated by party members to keep insider incumbents in power, often directly against the desire and best interests of those party members who wanted very much to see change in the party and in those holding office.
As a result of this donations to major party organizations like the RNC, the NRSC, the RCCC and even state parties have fallen off dramatically as rank and file party members have begun to give their money to more specialized groups which advocate change or directly to candidates they like. This is a positive step for the Republican Party and the beginning of what could become a movement to break the power of establishment party interests and reassert the voice of the people in our elections.
A new group called Fair Primary 2012 is entering into this battle with the goal of convincing Republican party organizations that they should keep their money and their influence out of primary elections and instead spend that money and use their resources on supporting Republican candidates in the general election against the Democrats. Incumbents inherently have a lot of advantages just because they are already in office. Empowering them even further with party money and party organizations blocking challenges in the primary makes elections unfair and cheats the people of a voice in choosing the kind of representation they want in government.