An Independent’s, moderate’s, and millennial’s call to action
Over the past few weeks, we have seen two groups sprang up from the ranks of Republicans. One is The Lincoln Project and the other is Republicans for the Rule of Law. The Lincoln Project mission is “to Defeat Donald Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box”. The group’s advisors are present and former Republicans. The Lincoln Project has endorsed moderate Democrat Joe Biden for president.
All of this shows the amount of dissatisfaction that is growing to the general direction that our country is heading in. If some Republicans feel this way, it is clear that many more Independents no doubt are even more frustrated and angry about what is going on. It is important to remember that two major parties each represent about 30% of the population and that about 40% consider themselves as Independents. Unfortunately, Independents have no political party to rally around.
We have a paradigm in this country that the ideological spectrum has only two components – conservatives and liberals. But the ideological spectrum is a continuum. Moderate conservatives and moderate liberals have more in common with each other than they do with the far right and the far left. This is because all moderates are open-minded – we minimize the impact of ideology on our decision making.
Here are some important points to remember based on various public opinion polls:
- At least 60% of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support creation of Independent Redistricting Commissions to end gerrymandering.
- 82% overall and 89% of Republicans want term limits (want citizen legislators) in Congress.
- 85% of Democrats and 66% of Republicans back a Constitutional Amendment outlawing Citizens United.
None of this will ever be accomplished with our present two-party system and everyone realizes it. And because of this:
- The approval rating for Congress has hovered at or below 20% for years.
- The majority of Americans think that the two major political parties are out of touch with most of the people in this country.
We need a government that will implement the will of the majority of Americans and not the minority, something that is supposed to happen in a representative democracy. But our government under a two-party system is split in half. Just as a chair with two legs is unstable, so is our government. We need to add a third leg. John Adams wrote in 1789: “There is nothing I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
Join the fight with other Independents and moderates to build our own political party. Volunteer and support the Alliance Party (http://theallianceparty.com).