A Pox on Both your Houses

As we head into the final stretch for the Democratic and Republican nominees for President there remains drama and controversy as the parties’ choices for candidates have either dropped out or are losing momentum. Both parties are pulling out the stops to prevent Bernie or Donald from capturing the nomination by popular acclaim.

In spite of hundreds of millions spent to advance their inevitable picks, the people have chosen a different direction. Hillary has a real fight on her hands and must count on super delegates to win as the voters pick Bernie again and again; the next few weeks should be interesting to say the least. The Republican Party is in full panic mode fearing Donald could capture the nomination, the lights in the back rooms have been burning all night long for months now after their anointed one, Bush III dropped out of the race. Faced with the choice between Ted and Donald the Republicans are so panicked that they’re rewriting the rules so they can pick an acceptable candidate at their upcoming convention who knows how to toe the line and the Democrats simply can’t believe that Hillary seems to be losing the momentum to Bernie.

What both parties seem to be missing is that the people want change; they want someone who will shake things up and break the inertia that’s plagued congress for far too long. Citizens who’ve never voted before or participated in the political process are coming out in droves. Both parties lament that their anointed ones are failing, and they blame the supporters for both of the outsiders as being ignorant and uniformed with increasing venom. The problem is that supporters of the outsiders are neither ignorant nor uninformed. Bernie, Donald and Ted have drawn “Yuge” crowds wherever they appear. Tens of thousands of voters have turned out repeatedly for Donald, Bernie, and, Ted and according to early primary results, we can expect Election Day turnout in November to surpass the percentages for President Obama in 2008.

More citizens becoming involved in the political process, more citizens attending rallies and sharing their beliefs with friend, neighbors, and families, and more citizens voting on Election Day… What’s not to like about that?

Unfortunately the Democrat and Republican parties don’t like it at all and worse, appear to be deaf to the will of the people. Instead of fairly supporting all candidates, the elites have taken it upon themselves to decide who their party’s nominee will be; after all, the entrenched Washington insiders know better than the uninformed (read: dumb) citizens what’s best for America.

Fortunately for the USA, the people are a lot smarter than either party gives them credit for. The parties, along with most of the media, actually believe that all Americans outside the Beltway or the Big Apple are “sheeple”, and unfortunately many are. There are folks that simply aren’t interested in being part of the solution and are perfectly content to sit on their butts watching mindless programs so they don’t have to think. The good news, however, is that millions and millions of Americans have woken from their self-inflicted stupor and begun the long march towards active participation in our political process. These former sheep have thrown off the mantle of indifference and are standing up and being counted. Their numbers are impressive and give us hope for a more representative government. President Lincoln said it best in his Gettysburg address, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Who will win the nomination for each party and who will be elected the 45th President of the United States remains to be seen, in every race there are winners and losers, but in the end it is the parties themselves that stand lose the most. One can only imagine the party elders sitting in their back rooms making side deals to circumvent the will of the people.  Have they convinced themselves that the newly awakened electorate will soon forget their nefarious attempts to decide amongst themselves who will win and who will lose? I for one believe that we have crossed into new territory where our citizens are not only smarter than the elites believe they are, but they will have a long memory. The motto for the activist group Anonymous is “We do not Forgive, We do not Forget”. While I personally believe in forgiveness, I will not soon forget the underhanded actions by my party.

The Democrat and Republican Party leadership would be well advised to remember that a Pyrrhic victory is no victory at all… You may win this battle by neutralizing the will of the people through underhanded tactics, but you are at risk of losing the war by alienating the new field of voters who may strongly prefer becoming independents rather than affiliate with a party that is out of touch and appears corrupt.

William Shakespeare’s immortal words from Romeo and Juliet about the dysfunction between their two families’ “A Pox on Both Your Houses” seems an apt warning for the Republican and Democratic Party’s, ignore the will of the people and you will suffer the consequences of becoming much more irrelevant than you already are…