So yesterday I posited the idea of running for the Democrats as a non-Democrat, and not in the Bernie Sanders kind of why. I can’t say I’d do the same for the Republicans, at least not at this time. The first reason is that the Democratic party has, at least locally, accepted the notion that they are a party in disarray. They know this. Second, I can get behind a lot of their social programs without accepting their economic ones. The Republican party? Yeah, not so much, and it might be because I came from them originally. I’ve found I disagree with many of their social stances, and I’m opposed to their attempts to push the Christian religion as the basis for our government and policy decisions. On paper, I agree with many of their stated goals, at least as far as limited government and fiscal spending go, but in reality I have found that they have no desire to actually abide by those ideals. It’s not a sales thing, or a presentation of the platform, it’s that in many ways, they are actively working against their stated principles. To me that’s a longer row to hoe. I also think that, as a party, they are still unaware of just how broken they are – Even as they laud their victories in the last election, they fail to see that many of those victories were on the back of Trump’s platform, which ironically, was similar to President Obama’s. Change. The people aren’t happy with the status quo and they’re looking for options.
I don’t think politics will ever change, but it could be an interesting political landscape in the next few years.