Primaries Ectoplasma

Closed Primaries Have Ushered In the Fall of the House of Representatives

Halloween Week: Is ectoplasm the key to wresting control of the House of Representatives from the Trick-or-treaters and back to the Silent supermajority? Welcome to the Saturday Keynote, when we stick the landing on this week’s flight of articles on Truly OPEN Primaries.

Originally the House of Representatives was supposed to be comprised of districts limited to 30,000 residents so each would have the opportunity to talk with our representative sometime during the term. The House was for the People.

Now, many districts are bigger than some States, and because of safe districts, the House has just become a dysfunctional larger Senate. The House isn’t listening to the silent supermajority, they’re doing what they’re told by the powers that be.

This Week’s
Political Flap

Our elections aren’t competitive, they’re window-dressing.

The House of Representatives has only 36 of 435 districts competitive, so 399 are either Democrat or Republican monopolies. Does that seem American? In the spirit of Halloween, the founders are spinning in their graves.

Amidst the backdrop of gerrymandered safe districts, publicly funded private primaries, hyper-partisanship, hyper-hypocrisy, undue influence from mega-donors, finger-pointing, excuse-making, trading stocks on non-public information, two international crises, a looming disastrous debt default, candidates that pledge loyalty to party over country, the House looks more like a dysfunctional high school than the other half of the legislative branch of the world’s only superpower.

What’s a Truly
OPEN Primary?

Everyone seeking office is on one ballot, and all voters, regardless of party, can vote for who they approve of eventually winning the office.

Then the top two, three, four, or five candidates go onto the general election. California has a Top-Two system, and experts have recommended going up to five for critical offices. Let each State decide that.

The First Past the Post (FPTP) voting method is not up to the task of OPEN Primary voting, as FPTP assures the two parties keep their monopoly on politics.

We’ll be exploring better voting methods in the upcoming weeks, like Approval Voting, Score Voting, Ranked Choice Voting, and STAR Voting.


If you’d prefer first to role-play this week’s puzzle, then swoop on over to the…

Puzzle of the Week
Should There Be Open Primaries for all Elected Offices?

Here’s this week’s Halloween-themed flight of articles…

This Week’s Political Flap Introduction
Congress: Trick or Treat, It’s OPEN Primaries Week

BOO for Halloween and The House of Representatives

Politically Strange Bedfellows
YIKES: Scary Closed Primaries, Scarier Couples, and the Scariest Candidates

Political Digital Twin
Our Democratic Public is a Shadow of Its Former Self

Super-Nonpartisan BOX Score
It’s Time to Bury Closed Primaries

What’s Our Shared
Politics 4.0 Political DNA (ACGT) says about Truly Open Primaries

Poetically, our Political DNA is comprised of Abundance, Commerce, Governance, and Thrift. See more about this below in the Methodology section.


Firstly, in the context of Abundance, open primaries foster inclusivity and broaden the pool of potential candidates, ensuring that diverse perspectives and innovative solutions can rise to the surface. Some critics argue that this may lead to an overcrowded ballot or candidates with less experience, but the choice between just two parties positioning themselves as the good party and the other the bad party is no longer tolerable. We need to start listening to the silent supermajority, especially the half of us now who are independents.


Moving on to Thrift, open primaries encourage candidates to think long-term about policies and solutions rather than catering exclusively to the preferences of today’s short-term needs. Opponents may argue that this could result in more spending than the country can afford. But not addressing long-term problems is likened to putting off painting your house and then years later having to replace all the wood that rotted from neglect. More moderate candidates will likely promote pragmatic and consensus-driven solutions, ultimately being thriftier in the long run.


In the arena of Governance, open primaries promote better dialogue among citizens from various political backgrounds. Critics may claim that open primaries may silence dissident voices, but we assert that they encourage politicians to seek common ground and build bridges instead of grandstanding for the needs of their small few. Imposing questionable values or ethics onto the majority seems just as much a tyranny as the majority ganging up on a minority and exploiting them.


When it comes to Commerce, open primaries can pave the way for economic stability by ensuring that candidates prioritize long-term policies conducive to consistent growth and job creation. Detractors might argue that open primaries complicate government affairs. But we contend that OPEN Primaries encourage candidates to make sure that business knows what the rules are going to be for a decade or two, not just the two years until the next election.


Truly OPEN Primaries offer a nuanced and balanced approach that can address the concerns associated with Abundance, Thrift, Governance, and Commerce while fostering a more inclusive and responsive political system.

By implementing truly competitive elections and full participation of independents, open primaries can help deliver a healthier democratic republic.

After all, who died and made the two parties royal? We fought a war to get away from a sovereign who claimed to be a deity on earth and two royal families duking it out over who sits on the throne. Sound familiar?

Truly OPEN Primaries
Super Nonpartisan Score

POLI forecasted support as a Vast Supermajority. Our editors were a bit less convinced; we predict a 67% ±5 (13 roles) Strong Supermajority of 128 roles in this country to support Truly OPEN Primaries, including a majority of each of the four sides of the political table [::], making this a US Public Policy Leaderboard (US-PPL) worthy idea. 

90% and up Near Unanimous
80% – 89% Near Consensus
60% – 66% Supermajority
50% – 59% Majority

By Contrast

Congress’s approval rating is 13%, the Supreme Court’s is 40%, the media is 27%. The average score of the policies on the PolicyKeys™ US Public Policy Leaderboard (US-PPL) is 72%, with many above 80%—Politics 4.0 is already 2x to 5x better model of US political sentiment and direction than politics as usual.


Isn’t it weird that the time change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time frequently happens just before the National Election? Most people have trouble adjusting to the time change. How opportune is it that the two parties have it happen around the same time as the most important day in any democratic republic’s year? It keeps us tired and confused. Well played, duopoly.

Preview: Changing the clocks, like we have nothing better to do, is the topic of next week’s PolicyKeys’ public policy flap and flight of six articles.


Politics 1.0 is each party wanting to be a one-party system. Then, Politics 2.0 is the two-party gridlock that blocks the silent supermajority from getting what they need. Politics 3.0 is all the noise from special interest groups trying to influence us to see things their way. Politics 4.0 is to rank solutions with a nonpartisan score and let the best ideas rise up the leaderboard so the people can choose.

Our One-Page Narrative Tool, game board, and AI are based on a ground truth:

There’s a time to save and a time to spend,
a time for freedom and a time for laws.
Where can we agree?

This yields four legs of the political table: Abundance, Thrift, Governance, and Commerce, poetically our Political DNA, ACGT.

The four sides of the table are…

Abundance Governance (AG)
National Public Sector and NGOs,

Abundance Commerce (AC)
Technology and New Businesses,

Thrift Government (TG)
Local Municipalities, Guilds, and Consumers, and

Thrift Commerce (TC)
Established Supply Chains and Jobs.

Each side has a bias for change and a bias for the status quo. We scan these eight Information Walls for Key YES and NO Reasons, no cherry-picking.

Treasure Hunt

We search for solutions with the highest hypothetical nonpartisan rating. Something that would solve 80% of the problem with the simplest 20% solution. The Pareto principle, hence a parrot-topia.

The Political Parrots have a Key reason they don’t want us to know about because it ruins their argument. We search for these, like a treasure hunt, and sort them using our EMIT format: Emotions, Money, Information, and Timespan. We listen for these key signals in the political noise.

Key Reasons can look similar, so we edit for redundancy and look for errors, omissions, and innovations.

Political Parrots say the same thing over and over and over again. We look to filter out the GRIFTERS, Gaslighting, Red-herrings, Idolizing, False-dilemmas, Tunnel-vision, Exclusions, Reductions, and Straw-man arguments. 

Birds of a Feather AI

Once the Key Reasons are set, we prescore the puzzle using the Birds of a Feather AI for loose ties to beliefs, attitudes, values, and ethics. Over 16 million combinations are possible for the 128 roles. The game board starts balanced at zero, with an equal bias for change and the status quo.

We then prescore the puzzle using 56 arch-type roles that best embody each of the 56 loose ties. This yields a general bias for change or status quo and reveals ties.

The editors review all 128 roles for specific reasons and overrule the AI where necessary. These are noted in the Tuesday Tiebreaker article.

Then, we score the puzzle on all four sides of the Political Table: eight Information Walls, sixteen Subcultural Windows, sixteen Bias Columns, and sixteen Influence Rows.


When the scoring is done, a second AI looks for inconsistencies using the SAT9 AI filter (Situational Assessment Tool). This is 256 ‘supreme courts’ where each role is the chief justice in a presumed 5-4 and 4-5 bench. This generates a ± error margin.

This is all done on a One Page Narrative Tool (OPNT) that we gamified for role-playing at We call our AI, POLI for Political Omnibus Leadership Initiative.

You can read more about PolicyKeys™ in the upcoming book, Politics 4.0: How Gamification, AI, and National Idea Leaderboards Can Help You Depolarize the World. The Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has recognized PolicyKeys™ for digital engagement.


new PolicyKeys™
Where Can We Agree?® puzzle 
drops every 
Monday at 7 a.m. Eastern at

PolicyKeys™ Where Can We Agree? is a real-life role-playing game. Each week, there are sixteen sets of eight ‘rival’ roles. Sit awhile in each of their eight chairs and predict whether a majority of people in those roles would say Yes or No to the week’s question.

The best ideas land on the US Public Policy Leaderboard (US-PPL) if a majority of each of the four sides of the political table agree. You can play this week’s puzzle at


Cue the
Patriotic Music

Imagine a world not paralyzed by political squawking. A Parrot-otopia oasis in a desert of division. Where the sounds of the silent super-majority drown out the droning of the hyper-partisan parrots.

We’ll be freed from the cages of entrenched ideology to fly higher in the big sky of American beliefs, attitudes, values, and ethics. To boldly go where no political parrot has gone before—ranking solutions with a nonpartisan score.


Where Can We Agree? 
(Why Don’t You Want To Know?)

You can play this week’s puzzle at


In Mississippi, Most Voters Have No Say in Who Represents Them

60% of Americans are Living Paycheck to Paycheck
CBS News

Support for a Third Party is up to 63%

Congress’s Approval Rating is 13%

49% of Americans View Themselves as Independents

Two-Thirds Say Voting Should Be Easy
Pew Research

Why Open Primaries

All About Voting Methods

The Two-Party System is over 170 Years Old

The U.S. has a ‘primary problem’…

Open Primaries

Breaking a Political Duopoly
WSJ Opinion

The Benefits and Pitfalls of an Open Primary

What is an Open Primary

Open Season on Open Primaries

State Primary Election Types
National Conference of State Legislatures

The Political Industry

It takes guts to see things from all four sides of the political table.