Abraham Lincoln – one of the greatest president of all times simply could not get elected if he ran today. His ideas at the time were radical and would be squashed by today’s two-party machine. He is not a ‘pretty boy’ by any means so he would be ridiculed by the media on both sides. He was single when he first won office (and for several reelections after) and that seems to scare the right wing.
After 20 years in the Wig Party, Lincoln joined a then-radical third party – the Republican Party! He changed the country and the world as an independant.
What is the point? Our system is a stiffling one that crushes any chance of getting a truly great leader in office. The stranglehold on public office held by the Democrats and Republicans goes against the very grain of what our founding fathers intended.
Thomas Jefferson feared greatly the prospect of career politicians and would be aghast and outraged at the way our system takes true visionaries and convinces the public that they are idealistic whack-jobs.
In a letter, he wrote:
“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.”
For those of you who cannot navigate the prose, let me paraphrase. What he is saying is that it is WRONG for you to just pick sides on any matter and just go along with the beat of your political group. He insists that one should always think for themselves and remain a free agent – or in the parlance of today – an independant.
Stop listening to the media (left and right wing) and read for yourself. Read the voting record of those fighting for office and read the writings of those attempting to gain office. If all you know about a candidate is what you heard on CNN, MSNBC or FOX – YOU ARE BEING DUPED!! Get off your ass and do your own homework… don’t let these people tell you how to think!