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America’s political rigidity

Blame it on the echo chamber.

Or perhaps blame it on fear.

Or perhaps blame it on anger.

Whatever the cause(s), too many Americans have wrapped themselves in their political orthodoxy. It must be a suffocating cloak.

The left will tell you that those on the right have become fascist-loving, race-baiting, Bible-thumping bigots. Turn your head to the right and you’ll find people telling you that those on the left are police-hating, socialist-dreaming, abortion-loving losers.

Perhaps the only thing the two sides will agree upon is the other side just doesn’t get it. Come to think of it, they’ll also agree that the other side is preventing America from moving forward.

Now that’s a fine way to create a healthy discourse.

To suggest that Donald Trump is responsible for this mess is folly. Sure, the president, on multiple occasions before and since his successful 2016 election, has thrown gas on the raging fire, but that fire had been burning for almost 25 years.

Two southern, Republican “gentleman” deserve far more blame than Trump for causing this fiasco. It was Newt Gingrich who used the 1994 midterm elections to establish the idea that Republicans should define Democrats simply as the enemy; their presence in Washington was a heavy weight that could sink the “Contract with America.”

Later, Mitch McConnell saw the first black president in American history simply as someone who had to be removed after just one term. McConnell welcomed the idea that the GOP was the “Party of No,” and had an obligation to place as many roadblocks as possible in front of Barack Obama.

By time Trump came along, hatred for the left and for anything resembling a progressive ideology had been baked into the right’s thinking.

Some of you reading this post have reached a conclusion at this point: Typical liberal.

Well…if I’m one of those liberals, then tell me why I also believe those Democrats who argue illegal immigrants should automatically receive multi-faceted government assistance are wrong. You thought I was going to wade into the abortion fight, didn’t you? Well, since you asked, I’ve always found it curious when the few pro-life Democrats contort their personal beliefs around the idea that abortion is a decided issue. Pick a side: pro-life or pro-choice.

Meanwhile, let’s be clear that the right is in denial when it suggests abortions will stop if Roe v Wade is overturned. Women will still terminate their pregnancies, and in ways that will increase the chances of harming themselves for years to come. We could have that conversation, but, you know, culture wars are so much fun. The right’s sanctimonious attitude about abortion is awful, but the pro-life Democrats who won’t take their personal beliefs beyond fence straddling are weak, in my opinion.

Next, if I’m such a liberal, please tell me why I think free college education is a ridiculous idea. The number one reason public college tuition is so grotesquely priced is because approaching two decades now both parties repeatedly have slashed funding earmarked for higher education. If states’ governors and legislators would do the right thing and reaffirm the importance of college, then this silly idea of making college free could go away.

I could go on, but the point has been made: political rigidity reflects poorly on the nation. I can hear the left reminding me that the right pines for an America that has long since been sent into the history books. (Gotta tell you, there’s a lot to that past that ought never again see the light of day.) And I can also hear the right telling me that the left is ready to reject any semblance of honor and pride in its lust to give something to everybody. (Gotta tell you, I agree with some of this, but let’s not go deep into the weeds.)

Yes, conservative and liberal values are good, and conservative and liberal policies have merit. Damn crazy Independent, I am.

One way to start changing the political dynamic in America: stop electing people such as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Richard Shelby, Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, and Chuck Schumer. Clear out those who espouse hate or represent political entitlement by returning to office again and again (and for no apparent good reason).

Vote for a third-party option? Why not?

Photo: Anthony Moretti 18July2016

On Nov. 3, Americans might know whether Donald Trump will be returned to the White House for another term or if Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States.

Of course, the answer will be determined once we know which man wins the requisite number of states in order to earn at least 270 Electoral College votes.

In this election year, the “don’t waste your vote” message is echoing across the land. That message implores us to not select a third-party candidate; if enough of us go for a third-party option, the “argument” goes, then the major party candidate we don’t like might win that state and therefore inch closer to that magic 270 number.

Such folly.

No vote is wasted, unless it is not cast.

A vote for a Libertarian Party candidate is not a waste. Likewise, a vote for a Green Party candidate is not a waste. There very well might be other candidates listed on the ballot in your state; and even if there aren’t, you have the write-in option.

Opting for someone who doesn’t have the “R” or “D” letter near his or her name is your right, and you should use it if that is your preference.

Telling people to not vote for a third-party candidate affirms that America’s two major parties must remain in that position and perhaps into perpetuity. Baloney.

Telling people to not vote for a third-party candidate affirms that no other political ideology ought to ascend into the “mainstream.” Baloney.

Telling people to not vote for a third-party candidate affirms that no matter how good or bad the major party candidate is, he or she is the only person worthy of our vote. Baloney.

America’s two major parties are entrenched in power, and far too often they represent the elites, especially the monied elites. It is this class (sarcastically called the 1%) that too often sees benefits the rest of us do not. In addition, the refusal by Democrats and Republicans to see the other side as human or decent has turned our political discourse into nastiness. (And, yes, the president is the undisputed champion of this filth.) While I’m not suggesting the Libertarians or the Greens or some other party would automatically govern differently if they had sufficient numbers in Congress (not to mention the president being one of them), I am saying that telling Americans to not vote for such candidates suggests they ought never have that chance.

Yes, vote before or on Nov. 3. But do not presume you must select a Democrat or a Republican in order to believe you’ve truly voted.

Vote for a third-party option? Why not?

Photo: Anthony Moretti 18July2016

On Nov. 3, Americans might know whether Donald Trump will be returned to the White House for another term or if Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States.

Of course, the answer will be determined once we know which man wins the requisite number of states in order to earn at least 270 Electoral College votes.

In this election year, the “don’t waste your vote” message is echoing across the land. That message implores us to not select a third-party candidate; if enough of us go for a third-party option, the “argument” goes, then the major party candidate we don’t like might win that state and therefore inch closer to that magic 270 number.

Such folly.

No vote is wasted, unless it is not cast.

A vote for a Libertarian Party candidate is not a waste. Likewise, a vote for a Green Party candidate is not a waste. There very well might be other candidates listed on the ballot in your state; and even if there aren’t, you have the write-in option.

Opting for someone who doesn’t have the “R” or “D” letter near his or her name is your right, and you should use it if that is your preference.

Telling people to not vote for a third-party candidate affirms that America’s two major parties must remain in that position and perhaps into perpetuity. Baloney.

Telling people to not vote for a third-party candidate affirms that no other political ideology ought to ascend into the “mainstream.” Baloney.

Telling people to not vote for a third-party candidate affirms that no matter how good or bad the major party candidate is, he or she is the only person worthy of our vote. Baloney.

America’s two major parties are entrenched in power, and far too often they represent the elites, especially the monied elites. It is this class (sarcastically called the 1%) that too often sees benefits the rest of us do not. In addition, the refusal by Democrats and Republicans to see the other side as human or decent has turned our political discourse into nastiness. (And, yes, the president is the undisputed champion of this filth.) While I’m not suggesting the Libertarians or the Greens or some other party would automatically govern differently if they had sufficient numbers in Congress (not to mention the president being one of them), I am saying that telling Americans to not vote for such candidates suggests they ought never have that chance.

Yes, vote before or on Nov. 3. But do not presume you must select a Democrat or a Republican in order to believe you’ve truly voted.