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.
Here it is……………….”DO AWAY WITH POLITICAL PARTIES”
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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