Already Dead: the Democratic-Republican Partisan Paradigm in the Age of the Independent Voter

For those of us who recognize the utter bankruptcy of Democratic-Republican party government, who do not suffer the bipolar mentality characteristic of the political class, who no longer subscribe to the ideology of the two-party state, the Democrat and the Republican are the very definition of political anachronism. Partisans of the Democratic and Republican Parties are the cartoon characters who continue to live because no one has informed them that they are already dead. At North Jersey, Murray Sabrin writes:
For decades both Democrats and Republicans have failed miserably at the national and state levels in being good stewards of the public’s money. If independents conclude that neither party is competent to govern, will independents rally around a new political party in the near future?
Who are these people for whom it is still an open question whether the Democrats or Republicans are "competent to govern"? If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then voting Democrat or Republican under the conditions of the two-party state in the expectation of good – or rather, more precisely, less evil – government is certifiable, whatever your registration may be. A letter to the editor at calls for a centrist third party alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. Via The Hankster:

The time is right for the emergence of a third political party in this country. . . . Members of both parties seem far more concerned about winning elections and holding on to power than in doing the country's business. A significant plurality of the American electorate does not identify with either of the major political parties. Those independents who have not given up totally all too often hold their nose and cynically vote for the candidate they believe will do the least damage to the country.

The country needs a new centrist party that rejects polarizing ideologies of the far right and the far left and that focuses solely on doing what is fair and right for all of the American people. Such a party composed of independent voters and a small percentage of the more moderate members of the two major parties would constitute a dominant political force highly capable of winning local and national elections.

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