Anyone who still thinks our “two parties” are about unity, leadership and representation hasn’t been paying attention for the past 30 years.

Diverse collaboration to get broad consensus and keep division and extremism in check has been perverted by two multi-million-dollar corporate orgs who (more literally every day) fight over ideological agendas and special interests. Under these obsolete orgs, we’ve normalized nonsense like “bipartisanship,” as if the best solutions come from reconciling just two ideologies, as they also kill that concept itself.

We accept systemic division like “the aisle” and “blue states” and “red states.” We allow these orgs to designate electoral boundaries, make partisan judicial appointments, and control new party qualification rules and ballot and debate access.

Whatever their endgame, these orgs and their way of doing business will ensure it is at the expense of unity and good governance. They and the “two-party system” should have been broken up decades ago, and we’d be a better nation for it. Instead, ideology wins over reason, pragmatism, and collaboration. Independents and moderates are marginalized. We the people are provoked to “fight” for one ideology over the other. This way of doing business continues to seep down into city halls and communities. Yet somehow the political and social violence we see in those communities, and indeed our nation’s capital itself, is surprising and shocking?

“…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive… it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

Seriously, we can do better.

Cameron Gerber, Redlands