If I remember correctly, I registered to vote when I applied to obtain my driver’s learning permit at the DMV. While it was a very simple thing to do, it was a very important decision for me to make. While it would be years before I could enact my right to vote, I knew that it was a civic duty of the American people to speak their mind about what they believe in, and to have those beliefs represented by an elected official.
Which party I wanted to be registered with was a no-brainer. Although I came from a family with deep ties to the Republican party, I aligned more with the Democratic party. I believed that positive race relations, basic human rights (health-care, retirement benefits), immigration policy, LGBTQ+ issues, women’s health and equality for all were the issues that affected all of us. When the time came for me to enact my voting right, I was proud to vote for the likes of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Jane Hipps (NC Senate Candidate).
When the 2016 Presidential election concluded, and Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president, I saw radical shifts occur within both parties. As the Republican party accepted racist, anarchist and corruptible practices, the Democratic party pushed for equally radical agendas, which pretty much was in direct opposition to the President. However, neither party has been able to get anything done, and has caused degradation of our democratic system.
For reasons that I’ll explain later, I have submitted my request to withdraw my member from the Democratic party, and to move forward as an independent, unaffiliated voter.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in everything that I mentioned earlier, and I truly believe the Democratic Party instills those believes within their platform, but the party’s lack of gumption to remove a president that threatens to tear apart the way America exists today is just as immoral as the actions the President does every day.
There’s so many examples to give why I think President Trump should be impeached, but when the Special Counsel’s report on the 2016 election came out, and word that he personally was involved in the payments to silence a adult entertainer, I felt that the democrats had all they needed to kick him to the curb. And the recent statements about House Representatives Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.), in my opinion, would have propelled the issue of impeachment even further. But every day something new happens at President Trump’s hands, the democratic leaders remain still in their actions.
Many people dislike the Democratic party because they continue to bring up Trumps indiscretions, but I now dislike them because they refuse to do what is necessary for the preservation of this country, whether their actions are symbolic or not. Just like the Republicans, they are drunk off power, and they are fearful of losing it, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Once upon a time, and the founding of this great country, there were no such things as political parties. Yes, liberal and conservative beliefs were always there, but no platforms existed, and those who served as our elected officials did so out of duty, not as a career. George Washington is a perfect example of this. He is our only President, to this day, who never affiliated with a political party, even though history has made his ideals very clear since then. He warned us about modern politics, and how it could tear us apart:
However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
Let me now warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party. The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another. In governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged.
Where does this nation goes from here, I don’t know. If things don’t get better soon, both parties will be so polar opposites, I fear that any sort of democratic government will fail to function. We’ll either be forced to run amok in complete chaos and anarchy, or to be squashed by the foot of socialism. If our elected officials from both parties hope for this not to happen, they need to do what is required and allowed by our constitution: IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP.