I have written several posts here at RJsCorner about needing another option for a political party in the US. I have not been timid about my feeling that neither of the current parties represents what I believe America should be about. After the recent mid-term elections I have come to see that a 3rd party option is just not a solution to our problems, at least not in the near or mid-term. Here’s why.
Over my 50 years of following politics, there have been a few to differing degrees successful 3rd party runs for various offices. But for the most part, each one of them eventually drew its support from only one of the two political parties. The result of that was often the exact opposite of what those who changed his vote intended. Given our current very divided populace it seems the only way for a third party to have any level of success would be if something catastrophic were to happen to our country. Lord forbid that happening!
The only way real change will likely have to happen is within one of the two existing parties. One thing about the current Republican party that I admire in a weird sort of way is that they have radically changed in the last decade to meet their current base’s attitudes and beliefs. Or what is left of their base anyway. They are no longer the party of fiscal responsibility and limited government that I once admired. Instead, they have become a party primarily based on fear.
- Fear of those who they see as invading our country
- Fear of losing their control of the wheels of power
- Fear of anyone who believes things differently than them
- Fear of those of different skin colors and different religions
In addition to fear they have morphed into the party of “Money Over Morals”. They are anti-abortion but not pro-life.
Progressives have a lot to learn from the Radical Right in morphing into a different philosophy. But let’s not make the same horrible mistakes they did…
To sum things up, I am now convinced that if we want change in this country we must provoke change within the current Democratic party. The Tea Party wing of the GOP managed to move that party to the right fringe of the political spectrum. Progressives need to form a wing in the Democratic party that concentrates on progress, empathy, and the common good and if it becomes the dominant wing then things will change.