An Independent’s, Moderate’s, and Millennial’s Call to Political Action
It’s often said that everything has been politicized. But this is not correct. It has been twisted by ideology as everything has throughout history. And politics has been implemented to reflect ideology.
First, a quick review of ideology. Ideology is how people view the world and in turn, how they react to this perception. Extreme ideology can be more powerful that facts, science, religion, and the law. Experts think that a person’s ideology is determined about 50% by heredity and 50% by their environment or how they were raised. In other words, people have little control over their ideology.
Ideology is a continuum, that is, it goes from extreme right wing, far right, moderate conservative, moderate liberal, far left, and finally extreme left wing. In the middle there is a point where people have almost no ideological beliefs. The politics that go along with these ideologies are, from right to left, fascism, capitalism, socialism, and communism. Note that there is no descriptor between fascism and capitalism which is unfortunate because this is where many believe our country is now.
Unfortunately, in the U.S. we have artificially divided the ideological spectrum in half because we only have two major political parties. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world to have just two major political parties. Because of this most voters are not represented and the U.S. is mired in gridlock. In addition to this, our two political parties have become more extreme over the past two to three decades. This means that the approximately 40% of Americans who are moderates, centrists, or Independents, whatever you want to call us, have little to no representation in government.
And this is why our country is so messed up. Moderates make decisions based on facts and science-based logic, we love democracy because democracy is a moderate form of government and our Founding Fathers were moderates, we hate authoritarianism, we are not religious hypocrites, and we believe in the rule of law and the constitution. Our country has been a moderate democracy for over 240 years and we have done very well compared to those unfortunate folks in China, Russia, and Nazi Germany during World War II. We have been a model for the world and cannot allow our country to stray now.
Moderates do not have a major political party and presidential candidate to rally around in 2020 and this needs to change. But since we don’t, we will need to decide on which of the available presidential candidates to vote for in November. For moderates and Independents there is only one candidate who meets most of the values that we as moderates, centrists, and Independents have. We need to vote to make sure that Joe Biden is elected president.
But once Biden is elected, we need to push for the formation of a third major centrist party to make sure that our democracy is never again threatened and to end the gridlock that is holding us back. The moderate middle 40% of Americans need our own political party. 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.