“Along party lines”

Here we go again. As I pointed out a few weeks ago regarding the House impeachment effort, the Senate has now picked up its role in the impeachment trial exactly as everyone expected them to – voting along party lines.

It’s time to “make the rules” and in typical Washington fashion, the rules a party wants are the rules that will favor the party. It’s kind of like if we always allowed the home team to make up the rules in a baseball game. “I know you have a great lefty, but today we’re proposing that everyone pitches right handed. Home team decides… all in favor?”

The truth of what transpired between President Trump and the Ukrainian government is seemingly unimportant. The only question on Republican minds is whether the rules will improve the odds of reaching an outcome of innocence they have already decided on.

That’s right… you can blame the Republicans this time, who have moved forward with zero Democrats supporting the vote. But the Democrats did exactly the same thing in the House, where they hold the majority.

Having hearings without any cross-party support on something as important as impeachment clearly demonstrates the political power of even a slim majority — and our leaders’ willingness to exploit it.

Our two political parties are showing their might. But they are not showing you leadership.

How would a third party improve this situation?

Another voice could ensure the rules are not partisan or determine whether a bill is considering the American people beyond a single party objective. Without a party majority, both Republicans and Democrats would be forced to create rules and legislation that work for everyone. It would also allow more discussion to be heard within each party, with less incentive to stick 100% along party lines to guarantee a political “win.”

Today a minority party must assume near-consensus among the opposition and do their best to “pick off” a few people from the majority in order to put a stop to or achieve their own legislation – usually targeting “vulnerable” candidates who perhaps need cross-party support within their own districts.

With a third party in the mix, targeting the weak could give way to making a strong argument needed to bring the third party to your side, or finding a compromise that will work for more people. That sounds like a much better approach to leadership that would make ALL of our representatives better at creating legislation that represents all Americans.

It’s time for a third party in Washington.

Click on the practice ballot below and see if you can select the 3rd party candidate from the choices available.

Practice Ballot
Republican Rulebreaker
Democratic Lawmaker
Someone More Groovy

Time to shake things up.

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