It’s Time for A Political Renaissance

Marvin Adams

Marvin Adams is a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Parish in Washington D.C. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the Franciscan Action Network.

Every two years, around this time on the calendar year, politicians from both of the major parties parade before their constituents and pronounce to anyone who will listen, why they deserve to be re-elected, as opposed to the member of the opposition party. And every year, just like clockwork, we fall for their machinations: hook, line and sinker. Einstein once stated that doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting to get a different result is insanity.

Realizing that, it becomes increasingly obvious that our country is indeed in need of a political re-invigoration. For myriad reasons, we have become accepting of dysfunction, obstruction and gridlock. Unless we take bold action and divest ourselves of our apparent insanity, the status quo, irrespective of whichever party is in power, will remain steadfast for the immediate future. And that I maintain should not be an option.

For the past six years, our country has experienced unprecedented gridlock. The truth of the matter is a significant portion of which is due to the fact that we elected and re-elected Barack Obama as the country’s first African-American president. And as far as the gridlock is concerned, I must place blame squarely where it belongs – at the feet of the Republican Party, and the American people for allowing it. Even before President Obama took the Oath of Office, the Grand Old Party declared, early and often, that their number one goal was to “make Obama a one-term president.” Even, if it would be to the detriment of the American people.

President Obama’s reelection only exacerbated what had already been a very toxic environment. To put it in laymen’s terms, our country has become so ideologically splintered and some were attempting to blame the POTUS for this schism. Politicians, taking their cue from their respective parties, funders and others, have long since failed to do the will of the people. How else do you account for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act – 37 times! Or perhaps, allowing for the self-inflicted debt ceiling debacle to transpire, or even allowing for a government shutdown. Additionally, every available scheme, both legal and otherwise, has been employed to prevent maximal voter participation at the polls. Last week, the citizens of Scotland went to the polls to determine if they would retain their allegiance to England, and remain a member of the United Kingdom. They voted, 55% – 45% to remain within the union. And, how many of the voting electorate bothered to show up and vote – 85%! Now, this is what democracy is supposed to look like.

During the most recent presidential campaign, Herman Cain, while running as a Republican, gave us his “999” plan. Not to be outdone, I have been floating my numerical theory for many years as well. I have aptly named it the 15-70-15 Plan. Succinctly, I maintain, that 15% of the individuals on both ends of the political spectrum are “wackos.” Or to be politically correct, both are ideologically entrenched, and as such are beholden to themselves, and by extension, their respective party. And that leaves the 70%, hereafter referred to as the silent majority. The ideologues are vociferous and well-funded, but they only represent 30% of the total population. For the future of our country, it is imperative that the silent majority move – front and center.

We have allowed both parties to make a mockery of our democracy, for far too long. But the tide seems to be shifting, albeit too slowly for some. According to a September 4-7 Gallup Governance poll, 58% of those responding stated that a Third party is needed. I did not need the results of the aforementioned poll to give credibility to that which I have been promoting since my very first “Scope and Methodology” course I took at Johnson C Smith University. And my premise is that one of the quickest and surest ways of taking our government back is with the inclusion of one, or perhaps even two additional strong parties’ needs to be added to the political landscape.

The Tea Party and their supporters were bold and took action, for which they should be applauded. But the truth of the matter is they were and/or are not independent. They represent a small percentage of the 15% of those on the Right. And to put it rather bluntly, they do not represent the vast majority of the American populous.

Our two party system, as presently constituted, simply is not working. Both parties have taken the American people for granted. I respectfully submit to everyone who is tired of being hoodwinked, bamboozled, misinformed, or in today’s vernacular – played, by both parties, that we do indeed have recourse. Absent the dissolution or implosion of the two major parties, I would suggest the establishment of two additional parties immediately. I have even gone so far as to suggest a few potential Party names…1) The Common Party; 2) The Independent Party; The Umoja (Unity) Party and the People’s Party. If, and only if this occurs, then, and only then, will we see compromise, concession and the prospect of good governance becoming the rule as opposed to the exception. So let it be written, so let it be done. If not, we will continue doing the same things, expecting different results. And that my fellow Americans, doesn’t make us exceptional, it rather makes us – I-N (U)-S-A-N-E!

Published in: on October 1, 2014 at 9:50 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Absolute nonsense. All we really need is one leader – from one of our parties, with the courage to stand up and remind – ALL OF US, we get what we vote – or don’t vote, for. We have enough jack-asses; what we need is a real stallion!

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