Ah yes, election season is being thrust upon us. Tomorrow is the date for the Iowa Republican straw poll, and for some reason, I started thinking about our party system and how we all identify ourselves, politically.
For a long while, I had thought of the party system as one of the problems with our political climate. It is simply to easy to lump everything into Republican vs Democrat against which we base our decisions. There are too many people out there that would never vote for a Republican just because they were a Republican, and vica versa with those that are Democrat.
This is a problem.
Take myself, for example. I strongly support state rights, gun rights, lower taxes, less federal government, the repeal of Row v. Wade, and getting the US out of the UN. Some people might think this makes me a Republican outright.
They would be wrong.
I’m also in strong support of repealing the drug laws, revoking capital punishment, and a foreign policy that stops the meddling in the affairs of other countries.
My point is that I’m a hodge-podge, if you will, of various political points of view that could be construed as Republican in one light, and Democrat in another. What if I decided one day to run for office? Into which category should I go? History has shown that other parties will not succeed, and I would want to succeed, thus, I would have to choose one of the two main parties.
On those days that I’m waxing philosophical, and pipe dreams are allowed, I envision the day where there is no straight ticket voting option, no party affiliation next to the candidate, and the voter is actually an educated voter and fully knowledgeable about the individual on whom they are about to vote.
But, I wake up, reality sets in, and I’m stuck with the realization that the party’s over.