Your Dad’s GOP is Dead
We are 17 days away from the funeral of the Grand Old Party.
Millennials in America were raised by parents who got to see the golden age of Reagan’s GOP. The same GOP everyone expected to take back the White House by storm this election. Instead, we are getting exactly what we deserve: the death of a party who has succumbed to the King of reality TV culture.
Perhaps, like me, you are wondering what the hell you can do about it. Much like the youth of Britain who got screwed by Brexit, it seems that our future is being spoon-fed to us, whether we like it or not. This goes not only for conservatives facing a ballot with Trump’s name, but also for liberals who are left with Clinton’s. Last I looked, the majority of liberal millennials were fans of Bernie. Where are you now?
Both sides of the aisle are playing politics their way. Both sides of the aisle think that they can ignore their constituents, keep their posh jobs, and continue to roll in the money. The time has come to make a decision. Do we let them? Or do we file out of the “aisles” and break ground on a building of our own?
I have refused thus far to watch the debates. They are a sick comedy fit only for those with a sadistic sense of humor and the brain dead. I will, however, watch the election results – the metaphorical final few shovels of crap on the GOP’s grave. Short of a miracle (3rd party candidates preventing an electoral win by either side), we will be left with Clinton or Trump, and the question of “what next?” We, liberals and conservatives alike, could acquiesce, roll over, and continue to take it from the establishment. Or we could demand real change.
The two-party system has drowned in corruption, establishment, and inefficiency. You want a wasted vote? Then participate as usual. You’ll be wasting our country. If you truly want to make a difference, back candidates whose hands are clean of this debauchery we have the gall to call politics. Our forefathers would be ashamed. Yes, there are few left unscathed and unsoiled by Trump or Clinton. But there are a few.
What if McMullin started a new conservative party? What if Johnson unified the Libertarian party, and Bernie was the head of a liberal party? Yes, some people will say politics cannot function without the two-party system. These are the same people who elected Trump and Clinton. To them, I quote John Adams:
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
Shame on us for not listening to our forefathers. Shame on us for electing Trump and Clinton. And shame on us, should we refuse to take a stand. Conservative or liberal, we have no excuse. So what will you be doing in 17 days?
Written By: Jon Creasy
Jon is a writer and an aspiring native of our nation's Capitol.
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