America Needs a New Party

While Congress has decided to shut down government and cater to both extremes in the Democrat and Republican parties, I have taken this pause in rational political news to ask you to consider an important question:

“If the Republicans are now considered the conservative party, and  the

Democrats are now the liberal party, who represents the vast majority of

                                                                                      Americans who are stuck in the middle?”

I figure that by the time our elected officials are done inflicting fiscal and rational impotence on the rest of the nation, we in the middle could have our own party up and running and have enough votes by election time to vote the majority of Congress out of office.

What do you think, America?  A fresh start, with new people in the position of making decisions that are in our best interests, not theirs?  Harry Reid?  Gone.  John Boehner?  Send him home and take his microphone away.  The rest would be swept out of the Capitol and banned from coming inside the Beltway, for life.

I am not referring to revolution.  I am not in support of anarchy.  We have a good Constitution that has served us well for as long as we have been the United States of America, so we may as well start following the instructions.  I am asking you to ponder the creation of a new political party that will elect non-politicians to run against career politicians and beat them soundly in the next election.

If we are going to do this, we have to pick a really catchy name.  We need one that has never been used before, so the words, Tory, Whig, Libertarian, Tea Party, and even Know Nothing are off the list.  Instead, we need to pick words that have no baggage.  The words, Patriot and Progressive have acquired distorted meanings by the press and career politicians, so they are out of consideration until they have been rehabilitated, laundered of misinterpretation, and revived in the national lexicon.

We are only limited by our imagination.  I will leave it to you to provide suggestions and submit them in a future contest that will be broadcast to all Americans, whether or not they are registered to vote.  The prize, which I will reveal in detail when the contest is announced in a few weeks, will be awarded to the top vote-getter. You are invited to create new words to name this new party, as most of the old ones have been used.

If you think that this idea is just another one of my ramblings, consider this:  We are a nation of 314 million people.  Of these people, 150 million are registered to vote.  There are 226 million eligible to vote, but 76 million don’t even bother.  Out of the voters registered as Republican or Democrat,   83% are unhappy with Congress, and are likely to bolt if a better party comes along.  If this idea takes off, the huge number of Americans who are shocked, dismayed, disenchanted, or just pissed off are likely to move to a new party if given the opportunity.  America in the Middle will only make that move if they believe that doing so will improve their lives, and at this time in our history, it looks like a no-brainer.

That is what Congress fails to recognize and acknowledge.  We are so fed up with what is happening in Washington that we are looking for a better way, and this time, we mean it. Recent polls reveal that 60% of us would toss Congress out of office, every one of its 435 members.  This presumes that we would replace them with someone, and this is where the New Party comes into our future… once we arrive at a name.  If the rest of the eligible voters could be convinced to register, we’re talking landslide.

Then we can attend to the business of saving the United States of America.

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