As you are well aware, an impasse in the Senate led to a short shutdown in the Federal Government, for about 3-4 days. No big deal. This time. News Media went over the top, but we ordinary citizens knew the shutdown of 5 years ago lasted longer and had little impact. But what would a shutdown for a month look like? Or two? Or more? Or a shutdown over increasing the Federal debt limit?
This all seems so childish. Why is this happening? On page 1 of today’s (Monday, January 22, 2018) Wall Street Journal, there’s an article entitled “Party Bases Flex Their Muscles”. Here is a portion, quoted directly: “In this case, as in many others, the process is being driven not by those in the broad center but by those in the more narrow and partisan ideological bases of the two parties. The shutdown has happened because most politicians worry more about a backlash from those bases for not being rigid enough than about an adverse reaction from the broader public for being too rigid”. And: “Activists in the bases, after all, provide the energy in election season, and they have been increasingly willing to shoot their own kin when they prove too willing to compromise with the other side”
I have not written, and cannot write a better, more powerful and persuasive reason for the creation of a third party, a Centrist party, who would have its own activists forcing compromise and actions favoring the broad neglected center of our nation. People with political experience will say that the two major parties have made it impossible for a third party to arise, but they are shortsighted and wrong. Their examples are for third party Presidential candidates, coming forth in an election year. An effort that starts now, and has the Presidential election of 2024 in mind, can build grass roots support, House and Senate members, and challenge the existing parties, ending the dominance by the extremes.
But what, you say, can we poor individuals of the center do about it? We can write and comment on this blog. We can spread the word of this blog to everyone we know, urging subscription. We can hope and work to achieve wider recognition, acceptance, and call to action. With a larger mass, we can attract the politicians who are able and in the center, to quit their party and give legitimacy and leadership to this party. We can start a movement to save our nation from crippling internal strife and move forward, but the movement starts with you.