The Party’s Over…or it should be!
From the earliest days of the country’s formation, the overriding theme, indeed mandate from our founding parents, has been for freedom, independence and the “common good.” Common good is a scary term, especially in this day of polar politics. Socialism and communism are philosophies that espouse the common good through redistribution of wealth. I’m not talking about that kind of common good…I’m talking about what is good for this country and our local communities regardless of one’s wealth or social status.
Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and personal freedoms have been usurped by special interest and institutional purchase of politicians at every level of government from the White House, Congress, State Houses, County and City office holders.
Our mostly two party political system is one of polarization. The rabid right and lenient left represent the extremes and are comprised of, perhaps at best, 20% at either end of the spectrum. What remains is the 60% in the middle who if asked, would be in favor of a common good which permits and encourages that pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
“In order to form a more perfect union” is where it began, but what has evolved is a broken union.
Where is Mr. Smith today? Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was a film about a 1950’s or 60’s guy, played by Jimmy Stewart, a common man, who went to Congress for the common good of his constituency and not to promote and support political party planks. Mr. Smith may have been a Democrat or a Republican, I don’t recall…but the point is…he was a common man who went to Washington to represent the people who sent him…what a concept.
The cost to corporations and special interest to buy politicians are astounding including the untold revenue of lobbying firms. The costs of running a political party are equally as high. All this money is spent to maintain the current political system and promote even wider polarization.
We need the 60% in the middle to coalesce around a grass roots movement that calls for the abandoning of the current political party system and flood our elected officials with letters, phone call and emails demanding that they abandon their party affiliations and become independents free to vote on issues before them truly from their conscience and in keeping with the common good for those that elected them.
We need to work on taking politics and special interests out of government and put it back in the hands and will of the people.
Drop me a note if you agree.