The Federalist Party makes the case for individualism as the solution to a gridlocked two-party system.
“The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” – George Washington
There is no question that the political landscape in the United States is in a dismal state of chaos. Nowadays, it seems the only guaranteed outcome of elections is that the two major parties will have campaigned on promises they never intended to keep. In fact, it could be argued that just one political party exists in Washington D.C., and that is the party of greed, oppression, and control. Whether or not you accept that position, or where you happen to reside on the political spectrum, is practically irrelevant.
The world’s largest corporations, multinational banking cabals, and self-serving politicians have purposely corrupted the United States, which was once the only nation on Earth founded on the premise that the government exists not to grant rights to its citizens—but to protect and safeguard individual liberty.
Yet today, this very simple idea is often portrayed in a way that is underdeveloped, misunderstood, misconstrued and misaligned. One must dutifully ask: If you believe all individuals are born with certain unalienable rights, then how can hundreds of elected officials (plus thousands of unelected officials seated in a plethora of unaccountable government agencies) pass laws which govern over 300 million human lives without inadvertently revoking the inherent rights of some?
How, in a country of this size, can one size fit all? Are the needs and obstacles of those who live in Alaska the exact same as those living in Hawaii? Of course not.
As traumatic as it may have been, if the 2016 election taught us anything, at least two things are certain. One, a vast segment of the American electorate—regardless of color, education, gender, sexuality, etc.—is being negatively impacted financially, spiritually and/or physically by our current governing system. Many either are, or perceive themselves to be, oppressed and diminished by opposing factions within the ruling hierarchy of today. And because of the sheer number of those affected, it is causing ever-deepening divides within neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, states and regions in nearly every corner of this country. Secondly, it proved that the current political system in the United States is never going to solve these issues, or heal the ever-deepening divides, but will only worsen both. Something must change.
So now what?
It’s time for every American to decide whether you want to be part of the solution, by taking action—or, merely continue to complain while remaining complacent, thus permitting these problems to grow ever more fatal?
Arguably, the future state of our civilization lies in the hands of those who’re just beginning to solidify their social beliefs, as well as those who are coming of age and starting to establish a life of their own. Meaning, our youth. Particularly young men and women attending colleges and universities, and those who’ve recently entered the workforce. Like all others past, this upcoming generation will eventually become the leaders of tomorrow, and they will ultimately decide what kind of world they want to inhabit. Simply put, they are ones who’ll determine what kind of world exists when all other future generations are created.
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors” – Plato
A very smart man once summarized the idea that if you choose not participate in political activism—especially when living under a government that has become as large and as powerful as ours—you relinquish the right to complain when those ruling over you impose nonsensical, corrupt and dishonest laws for you to obey. In fact, you shouldn’t just consider such scenarios a possibility, but expect them to occur with nearly the same certainty as knowing that tomorrow the sun will rise again.
That said, what’s the solution? Individualism. Individual liberty. A government run not by political parties, but instead by individuals and individual communities across the republic. This is core tenant of Federalism: a system run on a governing philosophy not political ideology. A system where every citizen, regardless of income or social status, has the ability to affect change and take control of the government when it no longer serves the purposes for which it was created.
Even under current circumstances, this system can be accomplished by once again restricting the federal government within the confines enumerated by the constitution and designating all other desired government services and programs to be run at the local level. The more local, the better.
This endows each individual with the greatest influence over systems that most affect his or her daily life. Reverting back to more local governance also removes many of the obstacles activists face now, such as monumental fundraising requirements, far-reaching ground operations, massive media buys, embedded organizational structures and expensive educational/outreach campaigns – all of which are essentially required to enact even minuscule changes within the current centralized system. In essence, reducing the need for the participation of the elite, and returning power back to the grassroots as was always intended.
Regardless of how you choose to engage, or which organization you decide to join, remember the most important thing is that you participate. At this time in history, the prognosis for America is stunningly grim. The only remaining cure may lie in the solutions developed and embodied by future leaders who, knowingly or not, are busy shaping humanity’s tomorrow right now.
Suni Leinart serves as the Executive Director of Communications at the Federalist Party.