I am writing this post on November 3rd.
It is my great hope that the midterm elections favored the Democrats. Not because I consider myself to be “liberal”, or even the more popular term-of-late “progressive”, but because I consider myself a centrist. And this term is even a bit of a misnomer as it does not necessarily conform to the modern American political definition. I have an appreciation for balance…the kind of balance that keeps power out of the hands of a few privileged elite, and makes it more difficult for them to wrangle control over people’s daily lives.
Now, I’m not naïve enough to think that having the Dems in charge will somehow immediately, effectively, or even noticeably improve anyone’s daily life, but it just might (and I stress might here) make it more difficult for #45 and his sycophantic cronies to continue fleecing the federal government for anything that isn’t nailed-down.
What do I think needs to happen to effectively and markedly improve US political discourse and structure? A few more political parties…simply put, having a few more political parties would allow people to have something closer to their values and priorities represented in DC and their respective state capitals. Even just one more national party would be enough to cause significant shifts in DC.
It would be nice to see, in my lifetime, some sensible political reform in the US…something more akin to the rest of the industrialized world, something more like a buffet, rather than just ‘chicken or fish’.