MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — Some time back, I saw a cartoon of a dragon sitting under a tree while using a lance as a toothpick, with knight’s armor strewn about the ground around it. The caption read, “The reason that we have such a shortage of knights in shining armor is that sometimes the dragons win.” The parallel to that in today’s terms accounts for the lack of statesmanship practiced by the men and women in our political leadership. All too often, the dragons win.
At the age of 74, I get to shrug off the shackles of political correctness and talk politics and religion. I continue to be amazed at the number of things on which we share the same opinion, no matter if I am talking with a flaming liberal or the most ardent of conservatives.
I often ask people’s opinion of “politics as usual” and almost always receive the same answer. The people are sick and tired of the way our government is being operated, all the way from our local school boards and City Hall to Washington, D.C.
Today, we have the politics of division, setting us up for an “us vs. them” mentality. The concept of divide and conquer has been with us for thousands of years and is at work ripping us apart today.
Orwell’s “1984” is here, rewriting history before our eyes and tearing at our foundations at levels unimaginable when I was young. That work, once regarded as an interesting piece of fiction, has become a playbook, refined and honed to perfection.
Our two-party system is failing us because each party is loath to work with the other. We no longer have governance, but have replaced it with posturing, posing, and obstructionism.
The result is a divided country, crumbling infrastructure, corruption, incomprehensible tax codes, spiraling health care costs, a currency that is manipulated to the point that it is increasingly irrelevant to the world, and that list just goes on. Our “American Exceptionalism” is becoming an empty symbol of past achievements.
Simply put, the two-party system is destroying our country, and many of us are absolutely disgusted with the leadership of both parties.
Recently, I read of the Centrist Project, which offers a workable solution to many of the ills that plague us today. They are a grass-roots effort, formed as “America’s first Unparty,” with the goal of electing a handful of centrist, independent candidates.
Their strategy is to focus on electing five or six independent U.S. senators across the country, making it impossible for either party to dominate the process, and to force the Democrats and the Republicans to the table if they want the Centrists’ vote to push through their respective proposals.
It is a sound strategy and will return the business of governance back to government. The Centrist Project is avoiding many of those pitfalls that befell earlier efforts to unseat an establishment intent on destroying our institutions and our place in the world. We have been a thorn in their side since July 4, 1776 and they have been trying ever since to get us back under their thumb.
If you are sick and tired of “politics as usual”, please volunteer. We need your help to restore balance and a sense of responsibility to our government.
You can read more and sign on to the effort at centristproject.org
Doug Nutter, a native of Nebraska now living in the Cleveland area, is retired from a career that spanned teaching shop in junior high and years in the hospitality industry to, most recently, work in the restoration and remodeling of rental properties.
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