Party politics should be much more of an issue than it presently is recognized to be. Politicians and voters contain themselves in groups of those sharing the same ideology. As this is good for inner-camp consensus building in one respect it is equally harmful and divisive to those of other opinions. Political parties choose opposing views and dig their heels in.
Voter registration records will tell those in a political race how hard they have to work to win an election. To candidates, they already have those who are declared to be on the Red team or the Blue. If the margin is close they try selling their message to registered independents.
During major elections one will often find articles regarding how unfair the two-party system. These articles focus on how another party doesn’t have a chance because the Reds and the Blues squeeze them out and prevent them from joining the debate. The inclusiveness issue may be the wrong direction to go in to gain political voice equality.
Let us consider ridding the nation of political parties. The outcome would be that anyone running for office would be standing upon their own platform. They would not have to yield their beliefs for the good of the party. They would not have to tow the party line just to get funding for their campaign. Another benefit would be that one person could not cast a shadow on an entire group.
Think of the problems that befell the Republican Party last year when several of their members were ousted from politics for their poor judgment or bad behavior. Democrats have had many black eyes in the past as well. These parties count on their good members raising their image.
However, what if there were no parties, just candidates with their own ideas? There are many Independents in politics. They have their own ideas and don’t have to run on the party line. People often find Independent candidates refreshing because they think outside the box, Jesse Ventura being the most visible in recent years. There have been candidates such as John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992 that were not only on the national stage but had garnered a good amount of support because they were out of the main stream of the two party candidates.
A government of the people, by the people needs people with good ideas and it is these people who have consistently moved this nation ahead. The problem is that everyone loves a party, and neither the leaders nor the members nor the voters will part with this long established political exclusionary line towing machine.