Will New Political Parties Emerge in America?
There’s got to be a better way!
I am a professional born in the moderate Midwest who has lived on both US coasts. I am a pragmatic guy and it has been a lonely endeavor getting my legislative voice heard living now in the East.
Andrew Young, the former great mayor of Atlanta and US Congressman stated “Get involved in politics and don’t wait till you think you are old enough no matter which party you support…”
I have tried to live up to this wise saying my entire life by getting involved in both non-profit groups like Habitat for Humanity and volunteering on political campaigns for individuals running who I thought had amazing things to offer.
I live in a very liberal state and yes, my moderate conservative vote really doesn’t count. Massachusetts with its myriad of colleges and highly educated class votes liberal. Period.
The ironic thing is that even though I don’t vote liberal, I am not a right-wing conservative, either. I am middle-of-the-road and the coastal politicos just don’t know what to do with me. Many times I believe I am lumped into the ultra-right with the unstated goal of convincing me that my opinion is just plain wrong. I am not ultra-right and even so it just doesn’t matter.
I believe that I am not alone in my feeling of political alienation (based only on where I live) and that there are millions of people out there like me. There has to be a better way. Here’s how.
Firstly, there is room in politics for two new parties. Middle-Right and Middle-Left. I believe that both democratic and republican parties are populated with moderate voters but the far-out extremes of both parties tend to dominate.
Let’s add two new parties that are more reflective of America today so the majority of voters can actually be counted no matter what state they live in.
Secondly, let’s get rid of the policy of allowing individual states to continue with “Winner-takes-all” vote counts. Winner-takes-all means that all voters place their votes for president, but the state awards all of its electoral votes for whichever candidate gets the plurality of the vote.
This means again that your vote won’t count if you are conservative in a state that votes strongly left or if you are a liberal in right-leaning states. The only states where your vote makes a difference will be the handful that could swing either way. Which is basically Ohio.
So we can have all the states agree to partition their state votes in a way that reflects all voters.
Will you join me in this quest for fairness? I really want to hear from you even if you feel that my ideas are far out. Thank you for reading and let’s have America’s political voting system reflect all voters!
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