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Republican Party Imperil from MAGA Fatigue – It Is Time to Reform

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National Unity vs Regionalism and Partisanship

The first President of the United States, President George Washington, prepared to retire after more than twenty years in public service. The year was 1796. President Washington was concluding his second term as President of the United States and anguished over the growing political tensions that were dividing the new Country. The formidable document signed as “The Constitution of the United States”, which replaced the “Articles of Confederation”, had been proved over the previous eight years. The ensuant “Amendments to The Constitution”, known as the “Bill of Rights”, would proceed to define and refine the role of this fledgling government into a Institution of the People that would endure for the next 230 years.

What hope! What vision! What integrity! What faith! What leadership existed in these early founders of our Country! President George Washington used the final days of his second term as President of the United States to compose inspired words which have become known as “Washington’s Farewell Address – to the People of the United States”. The aim of his words were to inspire and guide future generations to obviate the forces of separation sectionalism, political partisanship, and damaging interference from foreign powers in our domestic affairs. Initially, the document containing his words was published in newspapers around the Country. This general access provided all citizens an opportunity to understand the trust President Washington had in the Country and the responsibility of all citizens to participate and unite in supporting “The Constitution”. Then on February 22, 1862, as the harrowing Civil War threatened to divide the Country, all members of Congress met to have these honored words of “Washington’s Farewell Address” read aloud to them. The tradition of reading President Washington’s discourse continued in our Halls of Congress until 1984. A portion of President Washington’s exhortation follows:

Washington’s Farewell Address – to the People of the United States”,
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjXpfmDg7OEAxWJEmIAHRJKDiQQFnoECBYQAQ&url=https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/Washingtons_Farewell_Address.pdf&usg=AOvVaw08ZNkrNOrzM9wPjjJ5AZb5&opi=89978449

Warnings of Political Partisanship

Throughout modern times, people in the United States have understood the political system as driven primarily based on platforms of two major political parties, namely: Republican and Democrat. However, this has not always been the dramaturgy of our government. The Founding Fathers who debated and agreed to the principles of ‘The Constitution‘ were not associated with political factions. These early leaders had experienced the hardships of political dysfunction and offered passionate warnings of the perils that would transpire. The ‘Federalist Papers‘ are a collection of essays penned by some of the original Founding Fathers which captured the thoughts and aspirations of these great men. The “Federalist No. 9”, written by Alexander Hamilton, and “Federalist No. 10”, written by James Madison, contain stark warnings regarding the dangers of political factions. James Madison issued this warning of men seeking authority by creating factions within the union:

Federalist No. 10”, written by James Madison,
https://guides.loc.gov/federalist-papers/text-1-10

Interestingly, President George Washington did not align to any given political faction during his time as President of the United States. He feared that associating with one or another party would alienate himself from the people. President Washington championed the modality of unity, rather than division, as the principle that would secure the success of the new democracy. In his penned salutation (‘Washington’s Farewell Address‘) to the people of the United States he warned that political factions:

Washington’s Farewell Address – to the People of the United States

The warnings from our Founding Fathers of “…ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, …animosity of one part against another, …riot and insurrection….” have materialized into our reality over the past few years. This current trend of political subjugation will only accelerate the Country’s demise unless change is demanded by ‘We the People of the United States‘.

History of the Political Party System

It may come as a surprise to some ‘The Constitution‘ makes no reference to political parties. Furthermore, it is very clear the foundational ‘Articles‘ and ‘Sections‘ within the hallowed text of ‘The Constitution‘ are what reigns supreme – NOT the president or any other elected leader. The ‘Preamble‘ to ‘The Constitution‘ declares the laws of governance are for the common good of the people and when followed “…establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity….” We also understand from the conception of ‘The Constitution‘ that healthy debate is necessary and critical to the continued common good. A derivative outcome, for good and bad, of this necessity for debate has been political factions or parties.

Despite the warnings and foreshadowing consequences of political factions the drive for power and authority elevate men to unconscionable actions. Following the retirement of President George Washington’s second term as president, delegates of the new nation began to coalesce with one of two factions led by: 1) Alexander Hamilton and John Quincy Adams, or 2) James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Over the centuries that followed there have been six defined political eras or party systems:

First Party System: 1792–1824

Main article: First Party System

Second Party System: 1828–1854

Main article: Second Party System

Third Party System: 1854–1890s

Main article: Third Party System

Fourth Party System: 1896–1932

Main article: Fourth Party System

Fifth Party System: 1932–1976

Main article: Fifth Party System

Sixth Party System: 1980s–2016

Main article: Sixth Party System

Political parties in the United States”, Wikipedia Encyclopedia,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_parties_in_the_United_States

These political eras have mostly been dominated by two major political factions. However, throughout history many smaller national, state, and local political affiliations have been created which focus on specific issues. A pictorial view of these political eras is depicted in the following image:

Political parties in the United States”, Wikipedia Encyclopedia,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_parties_in_the_United_States

For a full list of all Political Party affiliations and types see the following link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States

Seventh Political Era Emerging – Can the Republican Party Survive a MAGA Dysfunction

The political environment is once again in the throws of morphing into a new dimension. This Seventh Party Era (2016 – present) has not officially received consensus for platform policies and formidable positions, however it has created chaos in the political institutions of American government. This potential new political era has witnessed the materialized foreboding of warnings from our founding fathers “…ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, …animosity of one part against another, …riot and insurrection….”. This new era has seen a Republican Party dominated by methods of bullying, hate, division, christian nationalism, racism, antisemitism, fraud, lies, half-truth sensationalism, bribery, collusion, intimidation, name-calling, and bigotry. These are all tactics which a small faction are attempting to use so they can control the Halls of Congress and the minds of the American people. A great polarization has occurred within the Republican Party mainly:

  1. those enamored by the Trump philosophies who have assumed the name “Make America Great Again” or MAGAs; and
  2. original Republican Party loyalists which the MAGAverse people have now given the nickname “Republicans In Name Only” or RINOs.

These MAGA constituents appear to have no political platform for which they coalesce and will camouflage their real intents by purporting to believe in cultural conservatism, support for free trade, opposition to economic globalization and immigration from all countries, distrust of institutions, christian idealism, and loyalty only to Donald Trump. The actual agenda of Trump and his MAGA followers is evidenced by the continued despicable declarations in social media posts, rallies, and interviews. There is no place for authoritarians, dictators, or kings in ‘The Constitution‘. No place for hate, racism, christian nationalism, and insurrection.

This new political era of polarization is striking at the very principles of democracy. The extremists for both the left-facing Democrat Party and the right-facing Republican Party seem to deflect any hope for political stability and advancing the guarantees heralded by ‘The Constitution‘. This was evidenced recently from Republican members of the ‘House of Congress‘ who refused to debate a new bill for controlling immigration merely on the basis that Trump would not get the recognition for doing something which the American people demand. We can no longer let this chaos continue in Congress while Americans petition for assuagement. Citizens are awakening to an inception of a new political philosophy; one in which the majority of Americans who are positioned outside of the political quagmire of Democrat and Republican parties can support. A growing interest in political normalization and efficiency has been introduced by some characterized as the ‘Centrist Party’. The guiding principles of this ideology are the following:

  • Achieving common sense solutions that fit current and future needs,
  • ensuring the public trust,
  • serving the common good,
  • and securing the nation.
The Centrist Party – Common Sense for America”,
https://uscentrist.org/about-the-centrist-party/

A view of the political environment and the focus of “centrism” is depicted in the following diagram. The outside boundaries of the circles are the extremists views which have very limited support, while the center overlapping circles are views representative of the majority of citizens.

The Centrist Party – Common Sense for America”,
https://uscentrist.org/about-the-centrist-party/

Where do you align your intrinsic values and ideals in the diagram above? Are your viewpoints aligned with those in the 10% far-left extremists? Are your viewpoints aligned with those in the 10% far-right extremists? Do you align more with the 10% of people leaning to the left boundaries of the Democrat Party? Do you align more with the 10% of people leaning to the right boundaries of the Republican Party? Or perhaps you are like 60% of the American people and find your values somewhere in the middle of political philosophies.

Refer to the following link for more detailed information:

,”Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology”, Pew Research Center”,
https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2021/11/09/beyond-red-vs-blue-the-political-typology-2/

I am not currently promoting the Centrist Party but I am using their principles and philosophies as the catalyst that change is needed. Sixty percent of the American people are somewhere in the middle of this political spectrum – some call us Moderate – although given the definition of the Centrist Party above I am not sure “moderate” is the right encapsulation of the philosophies.

Conclusion

Where ever you may be on the political spectrum of philosophies you need to be involved. Now is the time to get educated. Take time to analyze your political viewpoints. Don’t just be a consort of a political party because that is the way you have always been for you or your family. The political landscape has changed. Party nomenclature has changed. Philosophical ideologies have changed. There are those vying for political power that do not honor the fundamental constitutional rights that have guided this Country for 230 years. We can not let those that are only pursuing self-interests and authority to gain control. Be informed. Vote.

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