Trying to understand major political parties

William T

William T. Robinson, Jr.

More and more, you are finding more Americans questioning the ulterior motives of the major political parties vying for American citizens’ votes to catapult our country into a desired direction. While there are other political parties, I am adhering to the Democratic and Republican parties, which offer such diametrically opposed differences in rendering solutions toward solving the problems combating our nation necessary to move us forward. These two parties are vehemently at work to capture American voters with little respect for the ‘taken positions’ or ideologies of each other.

The Republican Party is dubbed the party of the rich and privileged. Many feeling they show very little if any compassion for those with less financial prowess. Theirs is the political party adhering to conservative and traditional values, defiant of liberal and ongoing changes. It seems theirs is a position adhering to a strong military, whatever the cost; strict family or moral values they are willing to force on everyone whether they agree or not; a reduction or alleviation of social programs that aid the poor, children, socially disadvantaged, or the elderly; strong support for the NRA (National Rifle Association); open to the breakdown of the public educational system as we know it, advocating for school vouchers for private schools and more charter schools; deregulations of big businesses or corporations known to be polluting and hurting our environment by contributing to global warming; against a living wage, claiming it would hurt many businesses resulting in massive unemployment; more tax write offs for big business and corporations; and against a universal national health program for this country.

Many Republicans flourish in this capitalistic society opposing anything that keeps them from making as much money as they can. For the most part, they are deemed as the party for rich, exclusively big businesses and corporations. Agree or not, that is a simple breakdown on how many Americans view Republicans. We know all Republicans don’t fit this box conclusively, but many would argue it is a realistic picture for the most part.

Democrats are viewed as extremely liberal even to a fault, championing the rights and concerns of the average working class and the underprivileged. They are hailed as the party for minorities and the working class, noted for their help in promoting social and civil changes uplifting those less fortunate. For the most part, they are vehemently pro-choice; respecters of freedom of religion; supporters of a decent living wage; advocates of an equitable and rewarding educational opportunities for all children by way of public education; supporters of social programs to aid and benefit the poor, disadvantaged, children, and the elderly in need; reduction of money spent on defense; advocates for stricter gun control laws; supporters for a universal national health program; and avid advocates for civil and human rights. These are some of the views shared by a large segment of Democrats. For the most part Democrats are viewed as the political party of choice for many citizens feeling left out and disenfranchised.

Many opponents of Democrats view them as being too open and unrestricted in trying to meet the needs of those less fortunate. Their adversaries claim that the Democrats prescribed goals are too costly and would eventually bankrupt the country. But Democrats are serious about not leaving anyone behind.

Who you as a citizen support or can relate to all too often depends on your social and economic situation in life. But surely there should be some common ground where a workable solution could be found to appease everyone. This would take some giving and compromising in which neither party seems too eager to participate.

Bipartisan collaboration seems to be frowned upon, with each party sticking fast to the ideologies of their party and committing to full party loyalty. All too often, it is the American public winding up the biggest losers. You are now finding some voters seeing good platforms in each party who don’t want to be labeled. They are advocating for competent legislators to debate issues and enact the fairest policies, considering what is in the greatest good for all Americans.

The truth is that these two major parties seem to be hurting the American people. Many voters are advocating for a major third party or for the most part consider themselves as Independents. They don’t want to be boxed in or pressured into adhering to the loyalty expected by sparring supporters of Republicans or Democrats.

Common sense dictates that elected officials in Congress and other legislative bodies representing the citizens of this country should be able to vote their conscience on bills they honestly feel will be in the best interests of all citizens in this country—not acting as puppets for corporate greed and the filthy rich.

Doing the right thing when it comes to advocating for all American citizens shouldn’t be so hard if you took self-serving greed and power components out of the mix. Elected officials need to be held accountable for serving the good of the people instead of catering to big businesses and special interest groups with hidden and self-serving agendas. Unswerving party affiliation seems to have become a detriment to the American public.

It’s no doubt our major political parties can be categorized as two of our major problems. One party needs to show some compassion and be mindful that we all need some help from time to time. The other may want to work harder helping more people become self-sufficient. I don’t know all the answers, but in many cases unyielding party loyalty is hurting our country.