Friday, August 15, 2014

Show Me Independents: A Call to Action

America is at an important crossroads. Our infrastructure is crumbling, joblessness remains high, our tax code is convoluted and outdated, immigration reform is long overdue, and America houses more prisoners than anywhere else in the world. Americans are also, understandably, fed up; with polls showing congress’ approval ratings at some of the lowest levels in history. It is apparent party politics have failed us; so in order to solve America’s most pressing issues we must eliminate the two-party system and elect independent candidates who are willing to enact thoughtful solutions to our nation’s biggest problems.

In George Washington’s 1796 farewell address, our 1st American President warned us against the destructive nature of party politics and the damage it would have on our Republic. George Washington famously said: “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” This fact is increasingly more apparent as both the left and the right become more entrenched and talking heads wage a war of words across every major news outlet. While these wars rage; politicians wage campaigns across the nation for hearts and minds and dollar bills and our nation’s most pressing issues go neglected.

Americans are fed up. Congress’ approval ratings hover around record lows and recent Gallup poll shows 42% of Americans identify themselves as political independents, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews 25 years ago. The same poll only found 31% of Americans identifying as Democrats and 25% as Republicans. These numbers illustrate that a plurality of Americans are unrepresented. It is time to nominate and elect Independent candidates to office so that we can be represented and take back our country from a political class that does not have our interests at heart.

Party Politics are at odds with effective governance and is a hindrance to solving even our most basic issues. The 112th has been one of the least productive US congress’ since the do-nothing congress of the 1940s and our current 113th  is on par to be even worse, in fact, congress has become increasingly unproductive over the last 10 years.

We must fight back against ineffective Party Politicians by electing Independent candidates and amending our state constitutions to allow for open primaries and elect Independent candidates. Let’s come together, roll up our sleeves and vote the bums out! Make sure to share this with everyone you know and remember Crash the Party Vote Independent.

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