A Three-Party System
Yeah, these signs say a lot about our two-party system of government.
“Republican: Because everyone can’t be on welfare.”
“Democrat: Because everyone can’t be greedy.”
Sort of the age old story of competing interests.
Certainly also a good dose of Fear vs. Greed.
And where the rich get richer and the poor get welfare.
It’s good to have the 2 extremes of the political thinking spectrum, because it shows us perhaps where the middle is.
Neither extreme is good, but rather it’s a balancing act.
We can’t have more than 50% of the wealth owned by the top 1% of the people.
And we can’t have everyone on entitlements where no one is working, innovating, and producing.
Yes of course, some people will have more than others and some people will need help.
There needs to be motivation to “get ahead” and there must be a social safety net for when bad things happen.
This is life.
But the to extent that we can have the most people in respectable jobs earning a reasonable (true living) wage and that there is equitable prosperity to go around for everyone — this is ideal.
Really 2-parties is not enough, because extremes tend to get more extreme — this is the momentum of polarization and politicization until the extremes tear us apart.
Instead we need a strong centrist party (or parties) — that can not only play to, but also execute the middle of the road approach.
It’s not all or nothing, but rather compromise to a logical and reasonable solution on every issue.
No, we don’t want to get rid of ICE, and we don’t want open borders.
No we don’t want entitlements that bankrupt the nation, and we don’t want people down on their luck going needy.
No, we don’t want women who have been raped or incested or otherwise can’t raise their children being forced to have them, and we don’t want babies being murdered in the late stages of pregnancy.
No we don’t want to blow up the planet, and we don’t want our enemies besting us.
We don’t want pollution in our air, water, and streets, and we don’t want to strangle the economy with endless and mindless regulation.
And on and on.
It’s high time to move to the center where common sense reigns.
It overdue to have a legitimate 3+ party system that talks real solutions to the people. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)