The political climate recently has been wild to say the least. The words “conservative” and “liberal” have been getting tossed around like weapons. Whichever side you consider yourself leaning towards, you can probably come up with a list of characteristics to describe the other.
There is no doubt that we believe in a range of different ideas. We live in America where we are free to hold strong to our own personal values. But it seems we have been getting smothered in political discourse, especially with midterms coming up. The media has been drilling us with who believes what, and why we should be angry at the other side. Hardly more than two people can agree on everything, but that doesn’t make us opposites.
Why is it that we are dividing ourselves into “liberals” and “conservatives,” or assigning ourselves as a Republican or Democrat? Regardless of our differences, we work together, we learn together, and we live together. Disagreements don’t break the bond that holds Americans together. In reality, we have a lot on which to agree with each other. It’s that stuff you don’t hear in the news.
Among the storm of politicians working against each other and the media telling us which side to take, I hear something totally different from everyday people. I hear how neither party is working to help the hardworking people of this country. I hear how no politicians seem to care about how we are struggling to get by, or how there is a heroin epidemic to tackle. I hear how all politicians are corrupt, and no one wants to vote for any of them.
Politicians and their respective parties are serving their donors more than they are serving the people. They have helped create the largest wealth gap in American history. They are killing the middle class. All of this talk about conservatives vs. liberal ideas is going to eventually get swept under the rug by the bigger issues at hand, but we have to push these important issues into the light. We can’t keep begging the parties to do their job: we must hold them accountable. As long as they have our votes, our voices don’t really matter to them. But your vote is in your hands.
Your vote is more powerful than money as long as we retain the ability to vote. We keep giving these two parties power, even when we are reluctant. Sometimes it feels like there is no other option, but that is up to us.
We need something new. We need a third party now more than ever. A party that is for the people and politicians who care. We need to focus our attention on those candidates who are challenging the status quo because the current status quo does not involve our well-being.
These third-party candidates exist, but we have to give them our power because fighting big money is no easy fight. Look for them in primaries, congressional elections, and local elections. Vote your conscience. If you really feel like most of these politicians don’t care, then vote for someone you believe does. And if there doesn’t seem to be one, then we must start taking their places to do what is best for this country.
If you believe politics is not for the average American, but for the same seasoned stiffs we’ve always had, then I say take a moment to consider how you view our government now. Politics may be complicated, but that is no excuse for the government to disregard the people. The corrupt, career politicians need to be voted out. We deserve better.
Taylor Ganger, of Troy, is a student at Edison Community College working toward a bachelor’s degree in communications to help bring strength to his passion for activism and his desire to solve problems that face society as a whole.