The Need for More Elected Independents

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryOne of the symptoms of an unhealthy society is the growth of political extremism. When two or more political parties use propaganda as well as the truth to gain voters and persuade people that the other party or parties are pure political evil, then the whole truth becomes a casualty. This has become especially true in the United States between the two ruling parties; the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Both parties have for some time been going to political extremes due to powerful, well-financed and well-organized groups and institutions infiltrating their ranks for the purpose of turning these two ruling parties towards their extreme ends.

This trend has been going on for at least a generation, and seems in all too many ways is getting worse to the point where elected politicians from both parties do not want to work on anything or work for a common goal. How to break this vicious political cycle? It is becoming increasingly clear that Americans should probably be electing more third party, independent candidates. Perhaps Americans should be looking at candidates who are not supported by the two ruling parties and what they have to say and weigh these candidates on what they stand for (as was true in the old days, whenever those days were). This way, an independent candidate and a candidate from a third party will not be so easily controlled by the two ruling parties.

Third parties include but are not exclusive to the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Constitution Party, and people who have no political party affiliation. Their political perspective, if elected in large enough numbers on a local, state and federal level, could help to balance out the governing system that affects us all. This of course is easier said than done because more often than not both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party will do their best to limit or outright eliminate candidates from these parties or complete non-party independents. But the will to change the deadlocked two party system must begin with the American people starting to look at third party candidates and non-party independents who stand for something different and not controlled by the two ruling parties. This in my view is the only way America will be able to change the current morass of political extremism we find ourselves in.

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