Part I of the "Changing America" series. See my disclaimer in the introductory article.
The two-party system just isn't working anymore.
We need something different. Never mind "Change We Can Believe In" (or "Not Realize," as seems to be the case at the time of this writing in August, 2009). Americans need to stand together for "Change We Must Implement" (and actually make it so). One of my suggestions is that we change our government from a two-party monopoly into viable system with at least three parties.
Yes, yes, I know: "two-party" and "monopoly" seem to be conflicting concepts. Think of it this way: the Washington politicians are very comfortable with the status quo and do not want to change "the way they've always done it." They know that all the other parties don't count. There aren't multiple sides of debates; there's only two. There are two sides of Congress. That's it. Well, I say it's time to change that.
The bickering between Democrats and Republicans is outrageous. It is also intolerably limiting. As soon as you begin to talk politics, people assume you are either one or the other, and therefore must "buy in" to everything each party presents in its respective platform. It doesn't even matter if you're an Independent (which I happen to be). You're still left with basically two and only two choices on Election Day: Donkey or Elephant.
Being registered as an Independent means that you do not have a political party that represents you. There's no political platform for folks like us. Registering as an Independent is a statement that you are not happy with either one of the major parties, but it's still not sufficient: basically, you still have to vote for candidates of one or the other.
If you vote for the Green Party, Libertarian Party, Constitution Party, or Reform Party, Independence Party of America, or any other party, your vote doesn't make any difference (notice I didn't say it doesn't count). We are beseiged with a two-party system. The end result is that we are pretty much a bipolar nation.
As it stands now, if you vote for a third party, your vote is pretty much a non-issue. My observation is that political pundits only concern themselves with the Republican and Democratic parties and don't acknowledge that you even exist. When was the last time a major news network interviewed a member of the Libertarian or Green parties for their opinion on an issue?
Many people don't even remember that there are other parties until they're voting and see the other parties listed. As far as Presidential elections, Ron Paul took a shot at it as a Libertarian in 1988. Ross Perot ran as an Independent and was the most successful third candidate: he was included in Presidential debates. (Unfortunately, the pie charts didn't help as much as he had hoped). Basically, your only real choice is to side with the Democrats or Republicans—but even if you don't, you have to live with the consequences of either party's Capital Hill votes or White House signatures.
The Green Party, Libertarian Party, and any others that currently exist should continue to exist. It's the American Way. What I'm saying is that we need another major political party, another that should be reckoned with, another force that represents the people of the United States—one that will be large enough to be a contender.
We need the Moderate Party.
I'm tired of the fringe, the ultra-Right & ultra-Left wingers, the ones who carry things too far one way or the other. They drive me crazy. Personally, I believe there are Democrats and Republicans that are just as bothered about them as I am, that are embarassed to have them included in the same party. And what's up with moderate Democrats or moderate Republicans? They still have the donkey or elephant moniker attached to them, so the whole "I'm a moderate" thing doesn't amount to much.
I'm also tired of the see-saw. For the politicians in Congress, they have to vote one way or another. How restrictive is that?! Gimme a break! We don't live in a world of black & white. There are shades of gray—and gray does not represent wishy-washy, uncommitted, spineless compromise; it simply represents a mixture of both black and white, sometimes darker, sometimes lighter.
To me, the Moderate Party would be the best of both worlds. We would represent & look out for the little guy, but not go overboard about it. We would believe in a strong military, but not misuse it. We would promote business, but not blindly allow business to determine our country's actions. We would be neither far-Left nor far-Right. We would use our heads when it comes to tackling subjects like health care. For some topics, the Moderate Party might lean one way; for other subject, it might lean the other. Overall, it would represent a large portion of this country that doesn't like either current major party for the simple reason that they both go too far.
I think a lot of folks are in agreement with me. If that's so, then why don't we implement this idea and form a third major party? It's high time the moderates let their voice be heard.
© 2009 by J. C. Callahan