The Failure of the Two Party System

Before I begin, let me be clear that this synopsis is clear from bias; as I support neither major political party. It has become clear that the two party system that plagues our political system today, is a hopelessly broken system. I, and many others, wonder this year why it is that the two options we have to choose from are so extreme, on their respective sides of the aisle, that it is basically impossible to stomach voting for either. Why is it that we have to “vote for the lesser of two evils”? I am certain that that is not what our founding fathers had in mind. There is a reasonable candidate that I am certain members of each party, and independents could stomach voting for and agree on, but he has basically no chance of being elected since he is not running for one of the major political parties.

The two party system basically guarantees that no major change will ever come over our country. Each party has it’s rigid system of beliefs, and if a candidate does not promise to run on the platform that the party has taken on, then a candidate has no chance of running for either party (ex. Bernie Sanders). We are stuck in a forever corrupt system because everyone has been brainwashed to believe that they are forced to vote either left or right. Maybe, just maybe, if everyone just voted their gut and voted somewhere in the middle, we would see more cooperation between parties and more real change in America. Presidents these days have a very limited range of power due to the lack of cooperation between the parties. They promise very unrealistic things during election season that are sure to never see the light of day. After watching the DNC and RNC it almost blows my mind to come to the realization that so many Americans have been brainwashed enough to support one of these two loony toons running for president.

Almost even more sad is the fact that no one can have a political discussion these days without it turning into a bitter argument with name calling and hurt egos. The leaders of each party have brainwashed us to think that the only correct views are the ones that align with your political party, and anyone that believes otherwise is wrong. That is very prevalent in this election season. If we all were actually as tolerant as we claim to be, there would be an unbelievable amount of cooperation and change. However, no one is as tolerant as they claim to be. We are not all as different as our parties tell us we are. We all just need to open our eyes and see that. It is obvious that the two party system is the source of all of the hate that we see today. The only way to actually better our country is to do away with the two party system by electing a third party candidate, or electing third party members of congress.

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Republican National Convention

Drama is unfolding at the RNC, as was to be expected. As chaos unfolds on the convention floor, one may think to themselves, how has American politics come to this? It is pitiful, to say the least. Between the arguments on the floor about delegates attempting to jump ship at the last minute to ditch Trump, and endless arguments about something as simple as the rules of the Convention, I become frightened for the future of this country. The Convention itself is asinine enough; basically a pep rally for the nominee to bring in a slew of speakers to hype his/her campaign. Not to mention the Convention costs upwards of 60 million dollars. There is no better showcase for American politics; throwing huge sums of money into something as stupid as this Convention. This should just be a reason for logical Americans to come to their senses and decide to do away with the two party system; as it is obviously broken. This year is the perfect time to bring a serious third party candidate into the mix. I think to myself as I watch the madness unfolding at the RNC; “how could anyone think that these are the people that need to run our country?” They cannot even create unity among their own party, much less the country. This is not to say that the democrats are any better; their party is in the exact same predicament. Americans need to come to the realization that our political system is broken, and the only way to fix it is to go outside of the two party system. Feel free to watch for yourselves the chaos that our country has turned to, as the RNC continues.

Let Me Drive Away

Driving Away

Some days I wish for nothing more than to pack everything that matters to me in a bag, throw it in the trunk of my car, and drive. Drive away from all of my problems, with someone I can share some experiences with. Some days I tire of the daily norms. I wish to not deal with the issues that I face; I would much rather just drive. It relaxes me just to close my eyes and pretend. I pretend I am somewhere where my problems cannot reach me, and I am free. One day I will do just that, just not today. Tomorrow I will get out of bed and go about life as usual. But one day, I will drive until my hearts content. I am at my highest when I am riding with the windows down on a beautiful night, listening to my favorite music. Only I wish that I was headed somewhere more desirable. But I stay upbeat, because one day that I will do just that.

Why the Republican Party is Failing

I was raised to be a conservative in the 21st century. Over the years, I have decided for myself which aspects of the conservative movement I agreed with and those with which i strongly disagree with. At the current time in my life, I would consider myself an independent who is fiscally conservative, yet socially progressive. These descriptions do not fit the mold of either major political party, so I find myself caught in the middle between the two parties, confused as to which I identify more with, and which I share more of my values with.

The Republican party is so far behind the times on social issues that it is almost laughable. In 2016, they are running a campaign with the promise that they will restore traditional family values, or in other words, undo gay rights. As a millennial, I can say that there is such a small fraction of my generation that is not pro gay rights that it would not even register on a national poll. Their views are so narrow minded that the only base they appeal to anymore is people over the age of 40. Their support base over the next decade or two will more than likely completely diminish, due to the fact that they refuse to advance their backwards social ideology. They also turn away a large portion of voters due to the fact that their basis is 100 percent based on Christianity, when a large percentage of voters do not practice Christianity.

I believe in being extremely fiscally conservative, so I would really like to embrace the Republican Party, but that seems to be impossible with the message they spread. It is even more unlikely that I would ever identify as a Democrat due to their unrealistic spending and eventual bankrupting of our country. So comes the tough decisions to make when you are stuck in the middle of a heated battle, unable to pick a side. Both political parties need to come down to earth and find a message that resonates with real life voters. The extremism of both parties casts away many voters who refuse to embrace their divisive campaigns. The Republican party will soon whither away if it does not embrace the 21st century and come to the realization that America is a progressive country. We will have to see if they do, or if another party will take its place; perhaps the Libertarians.

Double Standards In Washington

I have been closely analyzing the Hillary Clinton email situation throughout the last couple of days, and would like to blog a little about my thoughts on the FBI’s conclusion. This is a synopsis coming from an unbiased voter, as I will not be voting Democrat or Republican this year.

The FBI stated in their findings that Secretary Clinton did in fact use a private email server to discuss classified information. They stated that there were over 100 classified emails on this server, with about a dozen having the “top secret” label. Their findings also included that Mrs. Clinton handled this classified information in an “extremely careless” manner. The statute that Hillary was being investigated for having violated states that she could be prosecuted if she used “gross negligence” in her handling of classified information. As an aspiring attorney, I like to analyze situations like this, as the wording and terms interest me. I am no legal expert, but to me “extremely careless”, and “gross negligence” are extremely similar terms by my definition. Many people agree with me, and many people disagree. But there is a large group of Americans who feel that these terms are very close, and close enough that it seems as though the FBI is ignoring a federal statute by not recommending Secretary Clinton be prosecuted.

Many people feel as though there is a double standard in our justice system. Even Director Comey admitted in today’s hearing on the FBI’s findings, if an FBI employee had been found handling classified information in this manner, there would have been strict repercussions for this hypothetical individual, and there is a good chance they would have been terminated. Now we have our former Secretary of State, and potential President, and she will not even receive a slap on the wrist. No, she was found to be completely innocent. It seems as though she was not indicted simply because she is too big of a fish to take to court.

Only 30 percent of the American public find Hillary Clinton to be trustworthy, and yet she is leading in every national poll to be our next president. I am no fan of Donald Trump, but I am even less of a fan of Hillary Clinton. Her campaign lied to the American public on numerous occasions within the last couple of months. They stated that 1. They deleted no emails off of her server, 2. There was no classified information to be found on the server, and 3. she used only one device to access this private server. All of these statements were proven to be false in the FBI’s findings. It baffles me that after all of this, 30 percent of Americans find Hillary to be trustworthy. I am confused as to how anybody can stand for being blatantly lied to over and over again. It frustrates me to no end that our politicians are above the law and can do as they please with absolutely no punishment. It looks like it is just business as usual in our nation’s capitol.

Our Layers

Our Layers

We humans are a sophisticated type. We are all comprised of layer upon complex layer of personality, secrets, memories, and everything that makes us, us. You might not ever realize it, but you have different layers yourself. We have different layers for the different people we encounter on a day to day basis.

Our outer layer is, for the most part, is made up of small talk and awkward conversation. Our outer layer is for our acquaintances, peers, classmates, and coworkers that we are forced to communicate with on a daily basis. There is not a lot to it. Most people are extremely similar on the outside. We save the uniqueness and quirkiness for our friends and family. If you dig down really deep into a person’s layers, you might eventually get down to the center. The last layer. This is our real self, that we save for the very special people in our life. For me, there is only one person who has dug down into the middle, and actually gets to know the real me. Some people might have shown their center layer to more than one person, but a lot of us save it for just one person that we feel so comfortable with that we break down all of our barriers and show them the most true side of us.

Some of us have far less layers than others. It is all dependent on how complex of a person you are, and how much to you there is. There are a lot of people that the layer you first experience is quite similar to their center layer; simply because there are not many layers in between. What you see is what you get. Some of us are completely comfortable showing our true self to anyone that will give the time to see it. But there are also a lot of us that have so many layers, and are so complex, that there might only be one person who ever gets to the center. We find it more difficult to break down barriers for people we do not completely trust, so not many people see our true self. The point being, we are a complex species. We all have our own unique personalities and attributes that make up our layers.

The Disease of Nationalism

How did it become that our human race is so divided by borders? We are taught from an early age to love our country above all else, and our country is superior than others. To say your country is superior to another, is to suggest that your country’s citizens are superior to another’s.

What exactly is a country? A country is nothing more than lines drawn by governments, with people in them that are governed by separate governments. It is slightly ironic, that the only thing that divides all of humanity is government, and the lines it has drawn over the years. It is difficult to undo all of this at this point, but if one were to ponder what benefit having all of this division has had, you might be stumped. Nationalism and division has caused hate, wars, and greed. Our countries leaders tell us to be proud to be Americans, and we live in the best country on earth. But what attitude does that give us? That we are better than people that live in other countries. This attitude has caused so much phobia. A phobia that everyone in every other country wants to hurt us, or hates us. That is very prevalent today; the idea that everyone hates America and the people in it. I personally, come in contact with many foreigners on a day to day basis, and see with my own eyes that this is a lie.

I rebuke the idea that one culture or way of life is superior to another. We are all humans. We are, as a whole, humanity. How could we possibly be so different? The only thing stopping us from achieving world peace is in fact, government. I am happy to live where I do, and the fact that I am free to say and do as I please where I live, but I will not believe that people from my country are better than another. That is an idea that breeds hate. Lets stop the hate, and unite humanity instead of empowering already overpowered world governments.