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Can we end “my way or the highway” politics?

September 2, 2014

Maybe it’s just the world we live in; a by-product of a few generations of creating kids that are trained to believe that they must always be winners even if all they do is show up. Maybe it’s frustration with the status quo, or a natural outgrowth of the lost art of looking beyond the end of one’s own nose.

Whatever it is, the polarization of the electorate into groups who would rather have no change at all if it can’t be their perfect model for utopia seems to be playing more on the national political stage than usual.

Independent voters aren’t really independent…they all have biases toward one side of the other. Some lean hard left and some hard right. The more moderate groups don’t seem to have a place in the politics of 2014, or at least they don’t seem to have a public voice.

One by-product of that is that some of the hard-right group supporters are publicly announcing that they may just stay home on November 4 or even vote for a Democratic candidate because their chosen standard-bearer was “disrespected”, i.e. didn’t win in the primaries. The left leaners are probably of a similar mindset, but in this year’s political climate, they are more apt to keep their heads down.

Like spoiled children, it’s either their way, or no way at all.

That sort of ignores the reason their candidates didn’t make it to the short round, namely that their message didn’t resonate with the voters.

If, and it’s a big if, the so-called unaligned or unaffiliated voters are truly serious about affecting the course of American history by swinging back toward the right, why would they announce that they are supporting the status quo of the past six years?

The so-called silent majority, the folks that don’t trumpet their intentions on social media, will affect this year’s elections. They will be swayed one way or the other by the public rhetoric, or by the promises we never hear about publicly. They just won’t be counted in the incessant polling.  These are the people that hang up when some polling group calls. They don’t give a damn about the polls, because they think they already know where they are going to be on November 4, 2014.

Hopefully they understand that they hold the key to the next generation or so. If they don’t, more than a politician’s career will be terminated.

From → op-ed

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