Throughout the history of the United States of America there have been many political parties. From the early Federalist Party to the modern giants, the Republican and Democratic Parties, the political parties basically were started to join together people of similar beliefs in how a democratic government should operate. Through these political parties the voters get to have a government responsive to the citizens’ needs and demands.
There is no doubt that over the years the parties have been lead by very capable people. The likes of Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and others have led our country through many trials and tribulations that could have ended our country’s history. Even more important the parties have attracted a lot of ordinary citizens to volunteer for local public offices in villages, towns and counties. These citizens were our neighbors who listened to us when we talked and responded in some way. Definitely, the local politicians were not perfect, but many were hardworking people and did a lot of good for their communities, states and country.
However, political parties and the citizens they represent are expected to be a symbiotic relationship. In other words, one exists because of the support of the other. For their part, the political parties agree to pass laws that benefit the majority of people in their constituencies. They are expected to vote the “will” of the people who elected them. When citizens support a political party with their votes and money, they expect the elected officials to make good, honest decisions no matter what the other political groups opinion. In this way the political parties and the general population support each other. This relationship, as all relationships, is always under some distress. There has been, and always will be, influential minorities who with money (power) control the strings of a lot of elected officials.
It is this support that seems to be the problem lately. Both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party have stated that they are working for the same goals for all Americans. Well, like two small children arguing over a cupcake, the parties would rather tear the prize to crumbs than to agree on a sharing plan. Today, the major two political parties do not bargain with each other. Rather they use the news media to exchange insults and demands. In the meantime, the majority of citizens are being hurt economically. Therefore, the Republicans and Democrats no longer live up to their promise of supporting the American people.
Since the parties no longer work with each other to support the voters, it may be time to stop supporting overpaid elected officials. We need to “Drop Them!” We can show the elected officials that we are fed up with their lack of true bipartisan cooperation by registering to vote as NEITHER Republican or Democrat! Maybe the shock of an exodus of registered party members may shock the party leaders into becoming true representatives of the people, not demigods who live on the holy site of Capitol Hill in Washington or the temple of the Whitehouse.
I do not seek the end of any political party, but I will not register in a party that does not represent and work for the voters.