Political Parties are dead – or at least they should be.
We should stop looking at Presidential candidates from a party affiliation point of view. We should also stop looking for our leadership from a single issue perspective. What we should be looking for someone who demonstrates true leadership capability and possesses the skills to unite and guide our government for the betterment of the people who elected them.
Hillary just pounds out the same old Democratic rhetoric; tax the rich and make taxes fair for everyone, do more for climate change, reform immigration, reverse Citizens United, help the poor and middleclass plus, create more jobs. She’s not concerned with the National Debt and tells her supporters it’s not that bad.
Donald has left most of the right confused and has proven himself to be significantly far-right but, he’s just pandering to hard right conservatives with the wall, stopping immigration, lower taxes, save the 2nd amendment and kill the ACA (Obamacare) rhetoric. He also wants to reverse Roe v Wade and renegotiate NAFTA. He goes on to tell us that the National Debt is out of control and only he can rein it in.
The problem is that despite who gets elected, neither will be able to keep their promises without the consent of Congress and, any change will need to pass Constitutional muster. To me, that just reinforces the fact that we need a leader first and party affiliation second. We know damn well that Hillary can’t and won’t try to fix the tax system nor will Donald be able to “build a wall” or reverse Roe v Wade. We also know that Citizens United, while being lauded as evil and a horrible decision, is being used by almost every elected official in this country. We can almost all agree that the ACA is a major failure except one part, pre-existing conditions and everyone’s medical costs have soared save the public employees and most large labor union membership. Hillary will no more help the poor and save the middleclass than Donald will deport every un-documented resident. What they both will do is start planning for their re-election and make a half assed effort to negotiate deals with Congress in order to move their pet policies up the legislative food-chain.
I want a President that owes no allegiance to either party or lobby but has enough political horsepower to move their agenda through Congress.
I want a President that’s very smart yet humble enough to surround themselves with even smarter advisors.
I want my President to be both admired and feared by all of the world’s leadership.
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
― George Washington