First off, I am not nor have I ever been a member of the Democratic Party.
Now, if you haven’t died if shock or rage-quit reading this blog post, then we can continue discussing the dreaded P word. That’s right. People.
What, you thought we were going to discuss politics? Okay fine, we’ll do that a little, too. But when you really think about it, to discuss politics really means to discuss people. Because thanks to Alexander Hamilton and George Washington and those other guys whose faces ended up as 3D graffiti on a perfectly good piece of rock, our government is one of the People, by the People, and for the People.
There are a lot of People in this country. Something like 300 million of us, to be exact. We all look very different, represent different subcultures, and have ancestors from every corner of the sphere. Many of us don’t believe in God, while many more of us believe in God in some form. Some of us live in poverty while a few of us are super rich (about 1% we say). Most of us fall somewhere in between. With so much diversity, it’s really no wonder that We the People can’t agree on how this nation should be governed.
“The government should give us all free health care, a college education, high-paying fast food jobs, and FEMA trailers that don’t suck,” says one group.
“The government should not regulate our businesses, our guns, or our churches, but it should totally regulate who we love and what we do with our bodies,” says another group.
“The government should go back to England where it came from and let us do whatever the heck we want to do,” says another.
And so, we have these things called parties. No, not the cool kind of parties, with balloons and dancing and cake and stuff. Instead, we have the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party, and a bunch of other smaller parties that are like the hopeless nerdy kid who runs for class president, and you feel sorry for him, because he’ll try very hard and maybe get like, eleven votes. And instead of having fun, these parties are all about electing the presidential candidate whose ideals you hate the least.
This is an election year. Which means that your Facebook feed is filled with people expressing all of their political dislikes.
“I can’t stand Hillary Clinton, because she’ll let in all the immigrants, and take away all the guns, and teach people that it’s okay to send work email from our home computers.”
“I can’t stand Donald Trump, because he’ll keep out all of the immigrants and let the gun-lovers shoot everyone with their guns, and turn comb-overs into popular hairstyles.”
When you ask people to express what they do like about their political candidate, they suddenly have less to say. “Uh…I like that he stands for all the things my party stands for.” Whatever that means.
Over the years, I have learned to rarely share my political opinions. One, because they may change without warning. Crazy, right? One day, I may be breezing along, believing that the President of the United States should make English the official national language (English English, not American English. Get it straight). Then bam! Someone comes along and says some intelligent thing that shifts my world view. Whoa! After that happened enough times, I finally quit the Republican party and joined the Independents. It’s true. I am one of those free-thinking, game-changing, unpredictable Independent voters. Republicans and Democrats alike are nervous in our presence, as they don’t know whether we are enemies or allies. Are we for or against hybrid cars? Batman or Superman? Carnivore or herbivore? Auuugghh! What are we?
Truth: We Independents like to stand on the sidelines, munching our popcorn and watching the big dogs slug it out for our amusement and consideration. Then, when things get down to the wire, we like to rush in and sway the vote in favor of the strongest candidate.
(Prediction: This war will be fought between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Clinton will win. You’ll see. 😉 )
The cool thing, though, is that when all is said and done, the gloves come off, and the dust settles, we will no longer be a nation divided between Group A and Group B. We will stop focusing so much on being Democrats or Republicans, and return to being Americans, one nation united under God (mostly). At least until the next election.