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Does America Need More Party Animals?

I’ve heard both arguments for some time now. Many believe our two party political system is fine the way it is, while a steadily growing number of others believe there should be a third party if not many more. Could another party better represent Americas changing political landscape?

One argument is that there is enough fighting going on between the two parties we have. The recent sham of a government shutdown could be seen as an example of this. The counter argument could easily be made by more and more people feeling disillusioned and unhappy with both of our parties. The easy answer to this group of people is better representation through a different party. Regardless of whether or not its right for America, clearly people are not happy with either party as of late.

I’ve always found it interesting how the government and media call every other party in America a third party. Could it be a veiled attempt to marginalize anyone who may disagree with the status quo. Perhaps that’s why the Tea Party has relished in its ability to remain decentralized. This single fact however limits it ability to become anything other than a mechanism to try and steer the Republican Party back to its conservative roots.

Both political party’s have had quite an interesting history of there own. Swapping ideologies and members
when its beneficial. Unfortunately for the people it seems both the elephant and the donkey have become so out of synch with Main Street America a third party becomes ever more appealing.

I personally know of several people who identify themselves with a third party and are registered republicans or democrats simply because they feel their vote wouldn’t count otherwise. I believe Ron Paul is a good example of this. If you can’t beat em join em seemed to be the norm for years.

In every election the independents are a force to be reckoned with. Imagine if all those voters stopped waiting to see which party has the best guy and either joined or created a viable third party. Now include all the other disillusioned voters and we would have the ability to overtake the other parties and perhaps even stop the gridlock, infighting, cronyism, and perhaps even get our government of elected representatives back to working on issues that matter most to Americans. I don’t know the future or the implications of a viable third party entering the politisphere, but I do know now seems as good a time as any.

These graphs from this Gallup <a href="http://http://www.gallup.com/poll/165392/perceived-need-third-party-reaches-new-high.aspx“>article are telling. It’s obvious people are becoming disenfranchised with our current two party system and support for something different is growing.

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This Washington Times <a href="http://http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/judson-phillips-cold-hard-truth/2013/oct/17/broken-system-american-politics“>article is worth the read. It touches on the fact that democrats have become even more left then ever and don’t even try to hide the fact they are mostly socialists with an agenda. The largest democrat caucus being the democrat socialists is proof of that. The article also points out how the Grand Ol Party have become spineless, moderate, centrists who prefer sitting on there hands and the fence as opposed to honest conservative policy.

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A Glitch In The Food Aid Matrix? Oh Snap!

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” — Franklin Roosevelt

A whopping 41% of Americans receive government assistance of some kind according to a heritage study.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/us-government-increases-national-debtand-keeps-128-million-people-on-government-programs

The need for food assistance is already greater than SNAP can fill.
SNAP benefits don’t last most participants the whole month. 90% of SNAP benefits are redeemed by the third week of the month, and 58% of food bank clients currently receiving SNAP benefits turn to food banks for assistance at least 6 months out of the year.
http://feedingamerica.org/how-we-fight-hunger/programs-and-services/public-assistance-programs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program/snap-myths-realities.aspx

A glitch in the snap system is a prime example of this. Some cards were left without a limit and many took advantage clearing the shelves of goods at Walmart’s in a couple different states. This was a one day glitch imagine a longer one, or even a glitch in the new healthcare system, ok let’s not ponder that for now… Consider this- snap benifits are set to be cut. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3998

What happens to those that looted? They should be held responsible but how? Should they pay for what they stole? How when they can’t even afford to feed themselves or their children? Do we take it from their future food stamp allotments? But wait the kids have to eat right? It’s absurd that any adult has the audacity to put the rest of us in this position. I say have some pride in yourselves our country and its principles, and learn to survive like the rest of us. This is the only path of true liberty for all. Liberty only works when your liberty doesn’t infringe on mine.

How can we demand freedom and liberty if so many of us are on aid. If we can’t afford to take care of ourselves the govt is more than happy to do it for us. We must find ways as individuals, as family’s, neighbors, and communities to find a way to instill pride in self and independence. In this country full of blessings It seems some have lost the human instinct to survive. People need to be taught how to purchase, grow, and store food again. Everyone could stand to save more by learning how to buy in bulk, participate in community gardens, store food, and do a little menu planning. We must learn to feed ourselves again.

Let’s not forget to keep things in perspective. Historically people have been controlled and manipulated with food. Check out this list of famines. http://listverse.com/2013/04/10/10-terrible-famines-in-history/ The faces of real starvation are a far cry from today’s food assistance recipients.

I always hear about people in this country having an entitlement mentality. Who feels entitled? Why do they? I’d love to know where the sense of entitlement comes from?

Please feel free to comment… How can the government of the people by the people for the people ever owe the people anything? It makes no sense…

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