Partisan Follies

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There will never be a successful third party occupying the same stratum of legitimacy within the current political structure—even despite the hopes of the radical centrist extremists, there is little evidence that shows otherwise—with the US being one-of-a-kind within the Anglo-sphere; lacking a parliamentary system that allows for political coalitions and multiple minor parties. Internet-culture consumers look at those self-deprecating representatives of a forgone system as a parody of a human being. Pundits in the media don’t represent just their lobbying interests, but act as a reflection of the populace.

Media outlets, and many others perceive the world with such disregard for acuity or accuracy to ascribing political ideals, that it seems doubtful they could tell you what an apple is—let alone its color. There are vast religious and socio-economic opinions between the political establishments, local politicians, voters in the Deep South, west coast voters, eastern metropolises, and the rust belt voters.

Within the Republican Party for instance, you might be shocked to find that there are those with Libertarian-leaning tendencies, especially with regards to the war on drugs and government interventionism. This is heavily contrasted with the establishment of the party that largely consider themselves to be traditionally Conservative. The Neoconservatives who hold their platform of a more than coercive approach on drug regulation represent an ever-shrinking portion of the Republican base. The aging population of the right ceaselessly progressing towards traditional Conservatism, the likes of Ronald Reagan, cannot be overstated in it its importance.

If aging demographics alone are enough to sway voting patterns and support for political candidates, then suffice to say, grouping the elderly and millennials together on the basis that they vote Republican or Democrat is just past absurd. Voting patterns around the country show there are only a handful of prevailing opinions that distinguish people within political spheres. The manner in which people come to self-identify as part of a political party tends to be principally arbitrary. Discrepancies within party lines leave few shared principles regarding the purpose of the state. Libertarians themselves disagree viciously on the morality of taxation as a form of theft, but this isn’t enough for them to relinquish the label of Libertarian entirely.

The establishment of the Democratic Party has lost a significant portion of their base as a result of the fallout from the 2016 election. They went all in on their candidate, only to alienate the majority of their slackened base when the focus deviated from support for their own platforms; not to mention the complete disregard for the future, as they continue to lose around the country in local elections by attacking people outside of their voter base. As a consequence, the Democratic base has become so disillusioned with the establishment that there are now calls to upend or takeover the DNC. Strike this with the Republican establishment, which is now seeing massive support upon acknowledging the paradigm shift in their base. The right is seeing a similar number of rising grassroots organizations around the country. Most of the groups still adhere to Republican and Democrat, but they do so while focusing on distinct policies instead of tribalism.

Taking away the focus from team-based party games, organizations such as Turning Point USA, Justice Democrats, (and now the Americans within the Liberalist movement) have positioned themselves away and above the fray of partisan career politics. They cannot effectively act as political parties, so they have chosen to exist as activist non-profits or public think-tanks. Now the spotlight is beginning to shine on them, for better or worse. Mistakes they make early on will glow like a neon sign on rainy day in Hong Kong.

Like the political radio talk-show hosts of the turn of the century, eyes and ears are on those running the show. The groups position themselves to principles being laid out by individuals on social media—this helps to solidify their base, encouraging self-reflection for the leaders of these movements. Every single public figure representing these new public think-tanks has an active presence on social media that holds them to account by their own base.

Ironically, importance of investigative journalism is at an all-time high, but this time focused on media and the journalists themselves. These grassroots organizations and independent creators take up a larger potion of the voter base—they are becoming the prime sources of news via their social media accounts. The mainstream media is now increasingly being used as secondary sources of information for many people.

Traditional media companies have already cemented themselves in the American mind but they are no longer the only source of news for millions of Americans.

Ironically, importance of investigative journalism is at an all-time high, but this time focused on media and the journalists themselves. These grassroots organizations and independent creators take up a larger potion of the voter base—they are becoming the prime sources of news via their social media accounts. The mainstream media is now increasingly being used as secondary sources of information for many people.

Traditional media companies have already cemented themselves in the American mind but they are no longer the only source of news for millions of Americans.