Our two party political system is the very definition of dysfunctional. And make no mistake, the Libertarian or Tea Party is a mere figment of our imaginations as they are given not even a seat at the table. To listen to the rhetoric being spewed about at the Republican National Convention causes me to want to vomit. I cannot fathom that these are the best of the best as they disparage everything about the “other side of the aisle”, in particular taking a personal assault on the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
That is not to say that the same tactical approach will not be leveled from the other to this next week as the Democrats convene. The Donald will be assaulted as never before by otherwise intelligent and decent human beings. Have we become so ignorant of a populace as to desire to listen to such lambasting? Is that how one wins by espousing how disgustingly awful it would be if the other won?
It reminds me of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s of rural West Virginia and Kentucky in the late 1800’s….sad to think we have made such little progress since then.
Are we all not some percentage Republican and some Democrat….perhaps as close as 51/49? And don’t those percentages change over time, depending on our experiences and education? Don’t we all have opinions….hold beliefs….live by mores….that align with both Republican and Democratic philosophies?
We have certainly become a melting pot since our birth in 1776…differing races, creeds, religions, and sexual orientations among the ingredients of a now flavorful and well-seasoned stew. Should we not embrace the diversity and be thankful for the many worthy thought leaders of our time? Can we not have political leaders that listen to ALL of their constituents and make decisions for the greater good, not simply for the good of their “party”? Must our political leaders always vote along party lines? Can they not think for themselves?
I suggest an abolishment of the two party system….perhaps we become party-less? Force candidates to think their own thoughts….force folks to become educated about the candidates/issues before they vote rather than vote strictly along party lines…to think for themselves. If not, we can continue to be spectators at a bare knuckle fight….rooting for our gladiator because we despise the other….voting with our heads in the sand.
Or we can do as the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s did in 2003 and call a truce….cooperate rather than be stubborn and fight amongst ourselves….our nation is at risk on so many levels…the time has come to at least be at peace within our own land. Haters don’t gotta hate….they can choose love.