The new Senate Majority Leader, Kentucky Republican, Mitch McConnell, was remarkably honest recently in his goals for the upcoming two years. He stated that, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” That sentiment, in itself, embodies what’s wrong with our elected officials these days, and with the whole system of two-party government, which has been corrupted by those in power who treat the party as the top priority, as opposed to our country.

How about some very serious issues that are facing us? Are high unemployment, ballooning deficits, and Americans being killed in Afghanistan, not issues that should be front and center for the next two years, and be the most important things that our leaders focus on? It seems that the “party” has become central to the political system, and actual governing has fallen to secondary status in terms of what politicians put at the top of their agenda.

It’s not the first statement made by a politician that puts “party first.” Politicians of both parties have said, although not quite as bluntly as Mr. McConnell, things that refer to a hope that the economy not improve because it would hurt their chances in the next election, or that they don’t want the war to start showing signs of success because that will bolster the party in power. These are matters of life and death, and issues that have a drastic effect on the lives of real people. It’s a disgusting perversion of the system for these “public servants” to put self-interest above the lives of their fellow Americans.

But it would certainly explain why it seems that on every issue that comes up for debate there are almost always two plans, the Democratic plan, and the Republican plan. It seems to me that if we have 100 elected senators, and 435 elected representatives, who are supposedly the “best and brightest” our nation has to offer, there should be numerous ideas put forth on issues such as health care, the tax code, and any other complicated issue that comes up for debate.

But it doesn’t seem to work like that. The party leadership endorses a position, and the party members all fall in line like lemmings, making just about every major vote end up along party lines. You mean to tell me that a Republican from Florida has the same concerns as one from Alaska? And a Democrat from New Jersey feels the same as one from Texas? Logic would dictate there would be many concerns that would bring forth a lot of ideas, rather than everyone fall in line behind the party leadership. These are supposed to be smart people; one would think they’d be full of ideas to solve problems. The best they can come up with is two opposing plans? That’s certainly not how our founding fathers envisioned our government working.

There’s a new movement brewing that hasn’t gotten much publicity. The last new movement was the Tea Party, which started as a group that was supposed to welcome members of all political persuasions and stand for strict government-by-the-constitution ideal, but which quickly turned into a branch of the Republican party, with Sarah Palin as the spokesperson and rallies that were nothing more than an orgy of Obama bashing.

This newer group met last week at Columbia University in New York, and drew 1,100 attendees. The have adopted the moniker “No Labels,” and the idea is that everyone comes in with their own ideas and proposals. No one calls themselves a Democrat or Republican; they are just Americans who want to move, as they put it, “not left, not right, but forward.”

The people involved include members of both parties, independents and politicians, who are in office, as well as former office holders. Some of note included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Democratic Senators Joseph Manchin of West Virginia, Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Kristen Gillibrand of New York, and Republican Governor Charlie Crist of Florida, Delaware Representative Mike Castle and South Carolina Representative Bob Inglis, who recently lost his re-election Republican primary race after being accused of not being conservative enough.

Inglis has been lambasted by both parties; by the Democrats for being Republican, and by Republicans for not voting conservatively enough. He perfectly demonstrates the problem we are facing; our public officials are so caught up in an ideological war with the other party that nobody is sitting down to work out solutions to the problems we face.

He feels that if half the energy put into the development of political strategies to defeat the proposals of the other party were put into coming up with real ideas and innovative plans to deal with the issues at hand, we would be far ahead of where we are now in terms of making progress on the things we really need to accomplish to make our country both prosperous and respected around the world again.

The No Label group isn’t trying to start a new party, or even end the party system we have now. They don’t plan on endorsing candidates, or trying to influence elections. They simply want to try and change the focus of our politics to problem solving, rather than making sure one’s party is in power.

Will this group have any success in trying to steer the course of political discourse in a new direction? Judging from the lack of coverage of the event, it doesn’t seem so. But if word gets out, and enough people see the benefits of having “no labels” when discussing the ways to solve our problems and move the country forward, perhaps word will spread. We desperately need to end partisan politics and get back to real debate on solving problems, instead of blocking solutions “until the next election.” The time to start is now, or soon it will be too late.

14 Responses

  1. zardoz

    “The new Senate Majority Leader, Kentucky Republican, Mitch McConnell,”

    Hal, are you related to Einstein? Since when does Mitch become the new senatr majority leader if the Republicans are still the minority party in the Senate? Ya gotta keep up, boy.

    Your hero,

  2. mary becker-judge

    I am 76 years young and want to bring the aquarian age to birth in a good way. my computer skills are limited but my mind is wide open.
    in LIGHT and LOVE,

  3. Lady P

    Amen, amen! Now let’s get thier asses out and vote for a party that has the best interest of our courntry. We need true leaders for the United States of America, we want leaders that is going to turn our country around and point in the the right direction.

  4. Jeff

    I think you’re brain failed you in the first sentence. Normally I would not care, except you’re a journalist. I made it through one paragraph where I saw that you incorrectly named the wrong person as the Senate Majority leader, and then I decided to not read the rest of the article. Imagine a doctor comes into the surgery room and says “ok, we are set to begin the knee surgery”, and proceeds to start touching your elbow..first reaction would be..forget this…

  5. Ed Mc Brearty

    I heard about the “no label” party several weeks ago and think of it as a breath of fresh air. The two party system hasn’t worked for a long time. I have a lot to say but there isn’t enough space. Since our health care system is so dysfunctional, as the fearless leaders in the republican party say, lets do something that is tangible. They must give up their health care benefits that we, the tax payers provide. Let them pay for their own medical insurance. I can’t afford to pay for these idiots to be on easy street. Then, lets see how quickly they get off their dead asses and do something for the people.

    pissed off in michigan

  6. David Cooksey

    So you want to know what the future holds, do you? Knowing the future is a terrible responsibility – are you sure you are ready for it?

    In 2012 the Western Governors succeed from the Union – when it is decided that based upon the current political landscape of the current administration that corporations warrant more assistance than citizens and local State-ran governments.

    In march of 2012 the British Empire (Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England, Canada, and Australia) severe all diplomatic relations with the United States by order of the new British King because former President George Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq killing hundreds of British citizens unnecessarily.

    In the King’s opinion neither the Republicans nor the Democratics can be trusted to tell their Allies the truth. That ban holds until an American is elected as President of the United States and the American Congress is dissolved.

    Three months later all European nations severe ties with the United States and Putin issues bounties on the heads of all US politicians.

    $1 million dollars for any member of the US House of Representatives, US Senate, or US Congress.

    $2.5 million for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell and Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Secretary of the Treasury John Snow and Henry Paulson. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzalez, and Michael Mukasey. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.

    $5 million for former President George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., and Vice-President Richard Cheney.

    The contract remains open until December 31, 2012. Washington D.C. becomes a political bloodbath.

    In the second half of 2012 the Central and Mountain states decide that if the West can do it then they can too.

    September 2012 the Southern States – realize that what goes around, comes around – succeed from the Union and immediately declare War on the Northern States – unfinished business.

    Doesn’t the future look rosy for Americans?

    There is one thing I could never understand about Americans perhaps someone can explain it to me.

    All elected public officials are basically lawyers. Before a lawyer can practice law they have to pass a bar exam – to do that they have to be able to lie to a jury convincingly in the defense of their client.

    So why would Americans elect professional liars to public office and then expect that individual to be honest?

    This proves the contention that all Americans that vote are basically stupid morons. Is it any wonder that this country will eventually implode on itself? We have the most corrupt government on this planet.

    One other thing while we are talking about the future, lets look at the past – Osama Bin Laden – how is it we as American can invade and conquer two countries yet we can’t seem to put our hands on this individual?

    Or why didn’t we just tell Saudi Arabia produce this Saudi Prince or we would nuke them, it is certainly in the realm of possibility for us, we did to Japan for sucker punching us.

    Saudi Prince Osama Bin Laden is an operative for the United States Central Intelligence Agency and this is the reason why the Wikileaks documents are so important to the United States.

  7. dbeall

    lol, the article is true on the surface.

    We pay these folks excellent over-the-top CASH -and- prizes to provide expert ‘oversight’ for our country, people and our so-called freedom.

    (that freedom part is really just a joke).

    EVERYTHING is illegal in America,, unless you have the congress, senate and white house in your ‘paid-for’ pocket.

    Our domestic issues should be SOLVED,, immediately…

    by our top notch team of governors, congressmen, senators, white house staff.

    When we need a policy adjustment, it should be done in a MONTH, this month, not next year, or because of some dam election crap.

    We should have the highest quality of domestic governance in the entire frickin world…

    but noooooooooo, we get shit.

    BTW, love the palin ‘tag’ lol…

  8. Kevdog

    Seriously I stopped reading this article after the first sentence. When you make such an outrageous claim that Mitch McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader when in fact he is not, in pretty much invalidates everything else you have to say later. Kudos to you or your editor. If you want to be persuasive in your arguments, at least get the facts straight. If not, you are no better than the Democrats and Republicans in Congress you are complaining against who habitually give us half truths and lies.

  9. d.eris

    “The No Label group isn’t trying to start a new party, or even end the party system we have now.”

    Then they will succeed in doing nothing but further cementing the power of the ruling parties. The Democratic and Republican parties are enemies of the American people. Freedom and independence today begins with freedom and independence from the dictatorship of the two-party state.


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