COMMENTARY: Have two political parties lost ability to govern?

The recent spectacle of the Republican debate held by CNBC from Boulder, Colorado, emphasizes the wisdom of one of our foremost founding fathers, and the first constitutional president, George Washington.

While not a fount of quotations, Washington was vehemently opposed to political parties. George Washington stated his belief that the problem with political parties was that once they got in power, they would work behind the scenes to stay in power.

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This last week, the U.S. Congress once again “kicked the can down the road” by engineering a two-year bipartisan budget proposal with continuing deficits in coordination with an increase in the national debt limit, conveniently removing the issue from the 2016 general election process. [“Senate OKs budget and debt deal, sends measure to Obama,” Associated Press article, Oct. 31]

The same process also occurred in early 2014 in advance of the 2014 general election, since the two political parties learned from the government shutdown in October 2011 that actually doing their job endangered their prospects for re-election, no matter what their party affiliation.

During the recent Republican presidential debate, Sen. Ted Cruz, lawyer, was asked about his stance on the proposed budget fix but cleverly dodged addressing the question of how he would confront the budget process by attacking the media, thereby effectively evading the budget topic and appearing to unify his fellow Republican contestants on the dais.

Do the two political parties truly believe they are fooling the American voting public?

Based on the front-runner status of Republican political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson, they are not.

On the Democratic side of what may be perceived by some as a two-party communist government, Sen. Bernie Sanders marginally threatens the viability of front runner Hillary Clinton, lawyer.

Another prominent founding father and our third president, Thomas Jefferson, stated he believed the country needed a revolution every 50 years. By Jefferson’s measure, starting at 1787, a revolution will be 179 years overdue by Election Day in November 2016.

Yes, it appears the two political parties, as forecast by George Washington, choose staying in power over proper governance of the United States of America.

There well may be a revolution, as prescribed by Thomas Jefferson — a revolution of the mind or paradigm shift — effectively started by extremely angry and frustrated citizens through the ballot box in 2016.

Editor’s note: Dave Graham, of Smyrna, serves as the treasurer for the Independent Party of Delaware. In addition, Mr. Graham was the 2014 Independent Party candidate for attorney general, the 2012 Independent Party-endorsed Republican write-in candidate for governor, the 2010 Republican write-in candidate for attorney general, a 2008 filed Republican candidate for governor, and a candidate in the 2004 Republican primary for governor.

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