An Independent’s, Moderate’s, and Millennial’s Call to Political Action
The coming presidential election could be like no other in the history of the United States. For the first time ever, not only are the issues important, but there is a fear that there may not be a peaceful or smooth transition of power following the election.
The allegation that the election is being rigged by mail-in ballots, the talk that the constitutional limit of two terms in office for the president should be renegotiated, the issue that nothing has been done to stop foreign interference of the election on the part of Russia, and the USPS going through downsizing which threaten its’ operations are all causing concerns.
Our democracy, Constitution, and government was set up by our Founding Fathers. Ideologically speaking, democracy is a moderate form of government and our Founding Fathers were moderates. They wanted the people to control the government and make decisions via their elected representatives and their elected president, as opposed to the authoritarian monarchies that were common back in the 1700’s.
Since about the 1850’s the United States has had a two-party political system with the Democrats and Republicans being the two primary parties. There has only been limited involvement on the part of any third parties. The two major parties represent the approximately 30% of conservatives and 30% of liberals farther from the center of the ideological spectrum with the 40% in the middle being unrepresented. In the past control of Congress and the presidency has swung back and forth between the two still relatively moderate political parties to keep our country centered. But now we have swung further to the right then we have ever been.
Luckily, we have one somewhat moderate candidate to pick from as president and we, as moderates, centrists, and Independents, whatever you want to call us, need to vote to make sure that Biden is elected president. Independents are the swing voters – we are the ones who decide elections, as long as we vote.
The trouble is that we are often apathetic because we do not have a political party and the major parties do not do a good job of representing us, so we don’t vote. But this election is different – we are voting for democracy rather than just voting about issues. And because of this we cannot be apathetic, we need to vote.
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 before it’s too late.