If someone were to ask you, "why do you vote Republican" what would your answer be? Would it be, "well anything's better than whomever the Democrats are rolling out" or "because I'm Alpha and you're Beta and RAWR!" If you're a Democrat listening to this show, first I want to congratulate you for probably being the only one out there, but I also want to extend the same question to you. Why do you vote Democrat? Is it purely opposition? Is it because you believe in identity politics or Democratic Socialism? Or maybe that's just the way the tide is rolling and your stuck?
The reason I ask is because all the identifiers I just attached to both parties, appear to be the long-term agendas for each. The GOP is turning into an opposition party, both to the Democrats and the media, and their principles are being boiled down to loyalty to whomever they have currently in office. Likewise, Democrats are a party of opposition to all things GOP, and they're hurtling towards cultural division and Democratic Socialism. What is the long-term vision for either party? What does the party leadership stand for?
On Saturday Senator Ben Sasse tweeted that he regularly considers dropping the GOP and going Independent. And oh did he anger the Republican and right-leaning twitterverse. "What a BETA!!! He should support the President!"
On Sunday Senator Sasse went on Jake Tapper to explain himself.
Umm, did Ben Sasse just become my Spirit Animal? I think he just did. In one paragraph he mentioned job disruption from technology, the future of war and cyberwar, civil unrest and how the media is feeding off of our outrage.
He's absolutely right, and it's refreshing to finally see someone have the balls to actually say it. We have massive problems. Some are already here now, and some will be here very soon. But no one in Washington is concerned with doing anything about it. They have no plan. All they care about is harnessing your anger due to their screw-ups over the past couple of decades. Think about that. They want us to get angry over the things they've done in order to give them (Republicans and Democrats) more power. Meanwhile, nothing ever changes. Nothing ever gets better.
Senator Sasse is right. The system was never meant to be a two party system.
Senator Sasse is right. The system was never meant to be a two party system. How many more Senators and Congressmen feel like Ben Sasse? Step out of the shadows. Start something new. Something based off of principle and values. The Republican Party was founded in 1854. Six years later they'd hold the White House. It can happen again.