To Party Or Not To Party

Could That Be The Question?

During a recent conversation with a conservative business associate the two of us came to a rather shocking conclusion. That are desires and objectives for this country were closer in line than those of the political party to which we pledge allegiance. We both want prosperity and safety for ourselves and future generations. We both want freedom of speech and a political process that’s for the people and by the people. We want war to be the last resort in political diplomacy and the first resort for the protection of American citizens. We could have gone on and on finding base similarities between us.

This got me to thinking. This may be one of the most simplistic ideas I’ve ever formulated as far as politics are concerned but I can’t help but think it could create the foundation for returning government to the people, regardless of beliefs and ideologies. Therefore I ask that all who read this feel free to jump in and give your opinion. If you hate it, feel free to say why. If you like it show the love. If you want to amend it go right ahead.


That’s it, think about it. If we had no allegiance to any single party we would all be free to choose our candidates based on their true character and not the character of their party. There would be no need for compromise of principles simply because your party is 80% of what you believe and 20% contrary to your beliefs. We would no longer stand in party lines like ants servicing the queen. Politicians would no longer be able to depend on the American vote based on its commitment to Red or Blue. But most importantly, politicians will have to offer valid ideas and proposals to the American people in order to win the vote one person at a time. They will have the freedom of being released from the peer pressure created by party affiliation, requiring them to stand by themselves and not on the reverberations of a political sound bite.

One of the reasons this is so appealing to me was the last Presidential election. As an Obama supporter, I often found myself disagreeing with him on some issues though he leaned more in my direction on most of my concerns for the country and our future. I also had a great deal of respect for McCain for always being an honest, standup type of guy who didn’t give into the propaganda parade. I would often feel myself sway from one to the other, seeing pluses and minuses in both. Unfortunately when it came to the end I felt McCain give into the party pressure to be someone he wasn’t. In my opinion this was the biggest mistake he made during the campaign because it was so transparent. I would like to believe that I could have voted for McCain had it not been for his party and my party allegiance. Even with our differences in social policy and economic solutions his character carried a great deal of weight with me.

If we remove these two men from their political parties would things have turned out differently? If we had one general election with all the potential Presidential candidates, rather than the primary process we now have, would it had made a difference? I honestly believe that creating individual candidates (instead of party candidates) voted on by individual citizens (rather than party citizens) would create a more responsible and reactive government.

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American Tiger 6 years ago

Not a bad idea, if a bit impracticable. By and large, birds of a feather will flock together, and people have a tendency to flock.

Voted up. ;-)

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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

SOBF, I agree that your suggestion would be best in a perfect world. The problem in our world would be that those of us who pay attention to politics would have a very good idea who to vote for but those who start paying attention two weeks before the election would just vote for the candidate who sounded the best for two weeks. Right now these voters at least know what the parties are suppose to stand for. Also the candidate with the most money would surely have the advantage. The way it is now the parties raise money and support their candidates who aren't able to raise as much. It is a great idea. Don't hold your breath that either of the parties would agree to it. Good article.

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

American Tiger

People can still have the advantage of flocking together, the difference is that the people will dictate to the politician rather than a party dictating to a people.

I realize that nothing is perfect but the way I look at it is that people will be able to float their support from one candidate to another without the feeling of letting down the party.

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Right Black - I actually agree with you on the point that most voters will not truly be educated enough to make a really valued decision but is that really any different than what we now have. Remember the "Death Camps".

The other issue is the money and the fact that most politicians would lose a great deal of corporate funding because their money would have to be spread on a individual basis rather than a party basis. Corporations would also be offset by the will of the people because of their inability to influence a entire group of politicians the way they do through pumping money into one single party.

Maybe the end product would be honest politicians telling the truth about their ideas, while exposing the idiocy.

I won't hold my breath, unfortunately I picked up the lousy habit of smoking which limits my ability to do so.

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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

SOBF, LOL you better take a big breath then. Good hub, I'd try it.

American Tiger 6 years ago

~chuckles deep~ I've been holding my breath for THAT one for years, now.

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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Love the title of this hub and subject matter. Yours is the best idea yet.

Too many in this country vote in political parties because "their daddy did" and haven't the faintest idea of the issues at hand. Or if they know the issues still vote for their political parties because of family pressure.

Something needs to be done, but the problem is the common denominator . . mankind. I feel many politicians get into politics for the right reason, but are fast laned into greed, corruption and power. I think we need to get back to basics "by the people for the people" and those that represent us do as we instruct them by votes. Least they forget we are their employers.

High end contributors should have no say so in issues of main street. Maybe develop a different form of election contributions than the one in place now.

Peace my friend.

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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

This is a stellar idea, not that Americans will go for it, we are such creatures of habit, even when we don't know why we are. But this would be a great start.

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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

pmccray thanks for reading, I agree that too many of us vote based on how our parents vote but most importantly is too many of us govern according to our political party rather than our political convictions.

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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

BobbiRant you are right, most Americans are followers who will walk down a road of total destruction if they were told that the drop at the end of the cliff was good for the country. USA! USA! USAhhhhhh!

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I share your belief - or I know what we have does not work. God bless!

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jo miller 5 years ago from Tennessee

It's way too early in the morning and I've been spending some time reading and enjoying a few of your hubs. I like the way you think, and this hub is thought provoking.

I grew up in the South during the "civil rights" era and chose my political party at that time. I came from a long line of Republicans (we liked Ike), but as a young adult I looked and listened to what was going on and decided that party did not represent my views. I haven't changed my mind. But I sometimes think those of us loyal to a party are loyal in the same way we are loyal to sports teams: It requires no thought.

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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Jo miller - thanks for reading and commenting. You make an excellent with the sports analogy. When it comes to politics are loyalty to should be with our beliefs.

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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

I again find myself in agreement with you. I know that party politics is doing more harm to this country than any terrorist organization could ever hope to. The majority of party voters are more interested in having their party in control than seeing problems solved. Independents retain the ability to vote for the candidate regardless of party affiliation. I agree that The Democratic party is almost as bad as the GOP is. One of the primary reasons I voted for Obama was that he was the best option that wasn't in the GOP. McCain did have a lot going for him right up until he selected Palin as a running mate. I still believe the only reason he selected her was that his party felt that adding a white woman to the ticket was the best way to defeat a black male candidate.

I still disagree with some of Obama's actions and yet I am able to realize I will never totally agree with any candidate or elected official. It amazes me the number of GOP voters who feel a Republican candidate is incapable of error. No one is capable of being right 100% of the time nor are they guilty of being wrong 100% of the time.

I tend to lean towards the left due to the fact that some of their policies I disagree with are designed to help the majority of Americans and not the small percentage that are at the top of the food chain.

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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

To SOBF: I totally agree with you. It seems these days that Democratic and Republican politicans sound similiar and use rhetoric to get the vote. Politics is supported by monies-big monies. What we need is an intelligent and sincere grassroots movement.

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