The presidential election occurred over two months ago. The results of the popular vote were 81,283,485 or 51.4% for Biden and 74,223,744 or 46.9% for Trump. The Electoral College vote was 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump. In some states such as Georgia the ballots have been recounted three times already. There is no question who won the presidential election. But because of ideology and our failing two-party political system, our democracy is being tested as never before in recent history.
Allowing the American citizens to elect their president and government representatives is a right that many people around the world would love to have but don’t. Just ask the people who live in left-wing extremist China or right-wing extremist Russia. Remember that extreme ideology prefers authoritarian governments. Both Russia and China are considered oligarchies, which means that a small group of people, usually rich, run the country. And once a country goes to this type of government, those in power will usually never allow it to go back to a moderate form of government such as a democracy, doing whatever it takes to maintain power.
We cannot allow such a system of government to come to power here. Democracy is a moderate form of government and our Founding Fathers were moderates. Democracy is a fragile thing because it is based on honesty, integrity, and fairness. Unfortunately, it has to compete against other forms of government which don’t follow the same rules.
When a political system has flaws, it allows people into positions of power who try to corrupt the system even more. Because of our failing two-party political system and corrupt election rules such as the Electoral College, the citizens have lost control and the will of the majority is not being implemented. When you look at opinion polls, the majority of Americans want to fight climate change, reduce our national debt, and fix our corrupt political system by implementing Independent Redistricting Commissions and term limits, outlawing Citizens United, and getting rid of the Electoral College. These will never happen as long as our country is split in half the way it is now.
Polls indicate that the vast majority of Americans, especially millennials, understand the need for and want a third major centrist political party. But this is the last thing the two major parties want. Moderate conservatives, moderate liberals, Independents, and millennials need to fight to make such a party happen, before it is too late.
The approximately 40% of Americans who are moderates, centrists, or Independents, whatever you want to call us, have little to no representation in government. Moderates make decisions based on facts and science-based logic, we love democracy because democracy is a moderate form of government (our Founding Fathers were moderates), we hate authoritarianism, we are not religious hypocrites, and we believe in the rule of law and the Constitution. We ran our country for over 240 years but we have slowly lost control to those with more extreme ideological beliefs.
We need to push for the formation of a third major centrist tiebreaker party to start making progress in solving our problems such as climate change and the debt, to make sure that our democracy is never again threatened, and to do things that make sense. And we need to do it now! Join with others who understand that the problems that we are facing are due to our failing two-party political system.
There are several fledgling efforts out there to accomplish this such as the Alliance Party (theallianceparty.com), the Reform Party (reformparty.org), and Represent.Us. Volunteer and support these organizations – nothing will happen without you. Moderates are not as passionate as those with more extreme ideological beliefs but this needs to change for the sake of all Americans.