I’ve long been dismayed at the two-party political system we have in this country. However, this latest election has me convinced that the Republicans and Democrats have both outlived their usefulness, and the existing party structure needs to be scrapped.
With the Republican National Convention wrapped up and the Democratic National Convention ready to begin, it’s clear that neither party represents the people, and that no matter who is elected president in November, the majority of the country is going to feel like we’re screwed. Even with all the television sound bites showcasing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters, there are polls showing that the majority is dissatisfied with either candidate taking over the White House.
If you look at the Democrats, we’ve got the fresh disaster of more than 20,000 internal emails from the Democratic National Committee being hacked and going up on WikiLeaks. The emails show the party favoring the former first lady and trying to submarine her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders. The committee chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has agreed to step down, but instead of fading into the night, she’s joining the Clinton campaign staff. Call me crazy, but this seems more like a reward than a punishment for bad behavior.
Then there’s the bigger document scandal involving Clinton’s email system and classified information she had access to as Secretary of State. The FBI opted not to prosecute, but in the old days, even the specter of scandal would have prompted a political candidate to step aside until the end game plays out. Clinton is still in the race and poised to take the official Democratic nomination.
The Republicans are no better. There was the scandal of aspiring First Lady Melania Trump’s primetime speech at the Republican convention. Parts of her speech mirrored what current First Lady Michelle Obama to the point where it was clear plagiarism. First, her husband’s campaign staff tried to downplay the plagiarism, saying Trump and Obama spoke of common themes and that it was inevitable that they’d say the same thing. Then, when the speechwriter came forward and admitted her mistake, instead of accepting her resignation, Donald Trump opted to keep her on, saying she was a longtime, trusted colleague.
Then there’s Donald Trump himself. He’s resorted to name-calling normally reserved for elementary school playgrounds—“Crooked” Hillary, “Lyin’” Ted Cruz, “Little” Marco Rubio. He’s proposing banning Muslims—not extremist Muslims, but Muslims in general—from entering the United States, and he’s now proposing the same thing for any country hit by terrorism, including France and Germany. Instead of projecting an image of leadership, he’s promoting being a bully and turning the United States into a xenophobic society.
There are definitely more examples of poor behavior on the part of both sides, but I think the aforementioned examples show that neither party is worthy of anyone’s loyalty. The Republicans and Democrats are showing, just by the presidential candidates they’re presenting, that they’re willing to accept plagiarism, favoritism, corruption, scandal and any other deplorable behavior you can think of.
That’s why we need to say goodbye to the liberals and conservatives. They monopolize the elections with subpar human beings running for political office, not allowing decent people a fair shake at moving America forward.
The funny thing is that it wasn’t always this way. Take a look back at when former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean ran for president. All it took was a wild, crazy yell from Dean to turn him from an ascending political star to a crashing meteor. A wild yell compared with favoritism and bullying—Dean looks like a saint now compared with our choices today.
There are still decent people in both parties; I don’t want to imply the Republicans and Democrats are 100 percent evil. However, the good people are overshadowed by the behemoths that we’re seeing today, and there’s not enough sunlight peeking through to save them.
While it’s unclear how to make it happen, the surgical removal of the cancer of the current political parties is necessary. It’s already clear we’re heading into trouble with this November election, and we need to stop the bleeding, or else the exsanguination will be the death of America.