My vote doesn’t count! They are all the same! I hate politics and politicians! How often do we hear someone say something like this? Anyone paying attention realizes that there are many reasons why they may be out of touch with politics and our political system, including voting, but while many people, in both parties, are undesirable, etc., It often seems, like – although, while Democrats eat – their – own, and lack unity, Republicans seem to prioritize politics and personal agendas/self-interest, over service and representation. For example, as Democrats pressure former Sen. Al Franken to resign over what appeared to be a simple hamburger, members of the Grand Old Party vote almost unanimously, even on issues like infrastructure, public health and safety, and permits, excessive vitriol , etc., and refusing to do anything about it! With that in mind, this article will briefly attempt to consider, examine, review, and discuss
5 key differences between the two major American political parties
1. Accusations of the Republican Party
(Jordan, Trump, Goetz, Nunes, etc.) versus the Democrats (Franken, etc.): Despite repeated, often significant, accusations against the likes of Jim Jordan, Donald Trump, Goetz, and Nunes, these individuals, proceeded, ex officio, and without major ramifications, for their conduct and actions! For example, while Trump was indicted by more than a dozen women for many sexuality-related crimes and became president, New York Governor Cuomo was forced to resign due to minor accusations, and former Senator Franken , for truly , apparently – petty offenses! It is not surprising that many feel empowered and entitled because they know or feel that nothing will happen to them.
2. The Senate Impeachment Trial:
Although President Trump was impeached, twice, by the House of Representatives, he believed, correctly, that there was no way the Senate would convict him, because that would require a significant majority. , and his party, would not vote to condemn! How could it even be considered a trial, when so many Republicans declared, beforehand, even before it began, that they would vote to acquit! This has even created, to date, a situation where the former president seems to still be the leading member of his political party!
3. The politics/politics balance:
There has been, and always will be, partisan politics, but, in certain priority settings, shouldn’t every elected official put politics and people before politics? Why should something as horrible as this pandemic, even after more than 800,000 Americans have died and tens of millions have been infected, should be viewed from a partisan perspective? Why do they refuse to make a real effort to address the horrors of gun violence and agree, in a common sense strategy, to make a difference, for the better? How many more must die because elected officials seem indifferent and settle for the same old, same old politics?
While Republicans often proceed with unified messages that inspire, unite, and please, their core majority, their opposition, does not! The constant differences between the so-called progressives and moderates in the Democratic Party, where idealism often seems to stand in the way of pragmatic achievement, etc., their opponents often instruct people to ignore, that they see, witness and understand, and instead believe them! How is that healthy?
5. Political Strategy:
The GOP targeted local legislatures, in an attempt to shape their political districts, to their advantage, securing Republican control, by a far greater gap than is currently the case! On the other hand, we rarely see much unity when it comes to the Democrats!
Wake up, America, because when the existing two-party system seems inadequate, failure to address this, sooner rather than later, puts our democracy and many of its freedoms and rights at risk! Will you become a more responsible voter and demand better and more?
Richard has been a business owner, COO, CEO, chief development officer, consultant, professional event organizer, mentor to thousands of leaders, personal development seminars, and political campaigner for 4 decades.
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