The Hogwash Party

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Thank you for all of your help in understanding the process of creating a political party in California.

In a party caucus held on April 26th with a quorum present, I (Rich Riel) have been elected leader of the Hogwash Party. My official title is Head Philosopher. The other two elected officers are Gary Law who is the Head Boar and Peggy Campbell-McGowan who is the Vice Boar.

The Head Philosopher is the leader and spokesman for the Party. He calls the meetings and sets the agenda. The Head Boar is the assistant to the Head Philosopher and in the absence of the Head Philosopher assumes the duty of that office. The Vice Boar is third in succession to the Head Philosopher and Head Boar in the absence of the Head Philosopher and Head Boar assumes the duty of that office.

Our Contact information is:

Rich Riel

Head Philosopher

9848 Apple Tree Dr. Unit D

San Diego, CA. 92124

858 277 2569

Gary Law

Head Boar

3778 Mt. Alamgosa  Pl.

San Diego, CA. 92111

858 598 5488

Peggy McGowen Campbell

Vice Boar

3778 Mt. Alamgosa  Pl.

San Diego, CA 92111

619 655 7677

The Hogwash Party intends to qualify a political party pursuant to Elections Code section 5151 by registering more than 70,000 California voters in time to qualify for the November 3, 2020 election.

The following is our Party’s reason for formation:

The Hogwash party is a party of Americans who believe that “good ideas never go out of style.” This party draws heavily on the ideas espoused by Plato in his timeless classic “The Republic.”

We believe that all elected officials today are “Plutocrat’s.”  Twenty five hundred years ago Plato created the word Plutocrat. The word itself is composed of two Greek words meaning wealth and power.  A plutocrat is a career politician. Every elected official in America today is rich and powerful. They serve not the American People; they serve to increase their personal wealth. Why else do they call it a career?

Every other political party available to the American voters today operates under the false assumption that holding political office or working for government is a job. The Hogwash party draws on the ideas of Plato and the founding fathers of America that it is a “Duty” and an “Honor” to hold office or work for government.

This party stands for the principle;

 “We, as citizens of the greatest Country in the history of the world, have the “duty” and the “honor” to bring back good government by encouraging our fellow citizens to run for public office or serve in the government not to enrich them selves but to serve their country”

We encourage public service for a limited time in government as a civic duty and an honor, not as a stepping stone to wealth and power.

The establishment of this party puts the Plutocrats of America on notice; we consider them to be what is wrong with America. We recognize them by the words they use to keep their jobs, which we politely call Hogwash, hence, the name of our party. 

Manifesto of the Hog Wash Party

We the citizens of the United States of America are in opposition to the present leadership of our Republic.

We form this party to change the course of our Republic from its descent into Plutocracy.  

Our Party is an expression of our profound distrust of the elected officials currently holding the reins of power.

We are not Republicans, Democrats, Independents, libertarians or any other political party. We are an organized national political party dedicated to the protection and defense of the United States Constitution. We are citizens united in a Party to implement a change in the way we hold our elected officials accountable for their work in our government.  

The sad truth in America today is our elected officials have created a dishonorable ruling elite who perceive government service, not as a privilege to serve their fellow citizens, but as a career opportunity to enrich themselves. Elected officials are paid better, have benefits and special privileges that make them a ruling class out of touch with the American people. Once they are elected, they are like drug addicts, selling their most prized possessions to retain their office.  The abomination of their selfishness is measured by the special interest laws that favor campaign donors and themselves over the interests of the American people.

We reject the current self serving election process that rewards liars with government benefits. Fake news and money are the mother’s milk of their politics. It feeds and maintains the system that selects our elected leaders today. The journalistic integrity of Walter Cronkite is a thing of the distant past. The internet gives credence to lies and authority to liars. A man of integrity attempting to run for public office is at a distinct disadvantage.

The goal of this Party is to energize our fellow citizens to hold our elected officials to the same standards we expect from military officers. We demand that our elected officials, not lie, not steal, not cheat or tolerate those actions in their colleagues.  It is an historic honor and privilege to represent the American people in the governance of America. The most telling defect of today’s elected official is the lack of integrity exhibited by them. We are an honorable people we deserve to be served by honorable men and women.

This Party is dedicated to improving the quality of our elected officials. We will spend our money and cast our votes to send a message to those officials who lack honor.  We call ourselves the Hogwash Party, because of all the Hogwash we are getting from the Plutocrats. The word “hogwash” by definition means: empty and pretentious talk; nonsense; baloney, worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing, it is synonymous with the word “bullshit.” It is a term that accurately describes what our elected officials tell us in order to get elected.

Our motto is, “you can’t have a party without Hogwash.” Our symbol is the Boar. We support term limits and good ideas. Our party welcomes all Americans who believe that the noblest motive is to serve and being an elected official is an honor not a career.

Our Party is the physical manifestation of our commitment to return to the Spirit of America.

The noblest motive is to serve.

Rich Riel

Head Philosopher

Hogwash Party

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