Perspectives on Political Platforms

Defining a personal political philosophy, grounded upon principle

America’s political landscape has become a fractured schism of oppositional beliefs that mostly divide the U.S. political landscape. Of course, the two most well known U.S. political fiefdoms are the all powerful Democratic and Republican parties. However, for quite some time, it has seemed like the time has come, to reject both their entrenched strangleholds on U.S. political power. For quite some time, it has become apparent that the deeply established Democrat versus Republican paradigm, clings irrationally on both sides to: dysfunctional political views, and to tightly maintained political power structures; that neither fiefdom is willing to put at political risk. It seems essential at this point for individuals to reject both their corrupted and illogical frameworks. In fact, it seems like it is time to reject the established second tier political fiefdoms as well. Although America’s political power structure seems entrenched beyond redemption, now more than ever, it is time for individuals to at least take a stand apart from the oligarchical cronyism that largely defines American politics.
 
It is extremely difficult to even describe and formulate descriptive terminology for an alternative political platform that diverges from the dominant American political frameworks. Even use of a seemingly innocuous term like – Independent – is irretrievably associated with so called Moderate Conservatives who disagree with the Republican Party platform, while maintaining close connections with it. Even the long established terms Liberal and Conservative have become mutated and manipulated out of shape by the political parties that control their destiny to such an extent that they have largely become meaningless. The terms Right and Left have also been used for so long and in such bizarre ways to differentiate between political viewpoints that they are associated with so much historical and political baggage that any association with them risks association with the longstanding histories they represent. Over the past couple decades it has become clear that there are only a few essential differences between the two dominant American political parties. Both however seem equally interested in maintaining similar government spending habits and essentially similar approaches to political problem solving.
 
On a less obvious level, even more specific ideological identifiers have now become associated with political organizations that make it difficult to utilize many of the even the most basic terms that frame political discourse. For example when trying to establish a political platform framework that employs the U.S. constitution and to some extent individual state constitutions as their basis, unfortunately, the term Constitutionalism has largely, and incorrectly, been associated with various forms of far Right Conservatism. Even the very concept of foundational support for the U.S. Constitution has become deeply mired in divisive political controversy. On the one hand, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Appellate Circuit Courts beneath it have been weakening the very constitution itself for decades. On the other, there are even segments of the U.S. population who would like to alter essential aspects of U.S. constitution itself. 
 
Meanwhile, even terms like Moral are associated with various types of baggage in American political discourse. All too often in American political debate and propaganda, the term Moral is a code word for Christianity and Biblically framed concepts of morality. Unfortunately, one political group’s concept of morality is another political group’s concept of repugnant evil. 
 
For quite some time, it has seemed like time for a political philosophy that remains consistent with its fundamental principles, and whose positions on specific topics reflect those principles, rather than adhering to positions that are inconsistent with principle, largely because a particular political power group has clung to them for traditional reasons that all too often aren’t rational any longer. By having steadfast political principles first, it is then possible to test specific political issues against those principles to determine one’s stand regarding them. In this way, it is then possible to assess the viability of a political stance against principle, and to avoid being swayed by often shifting tides of political furor that are all too often influenced by a variety of irrational forces. 
 
Most importantly, American politics has become increasingly relevant to personal life, and to everyday daily life, in recent times. Given the potential personal impact of political decisions being made on behalf of Americans by elected politicians, at every level of politics, local, regional, and national, it seems like political awareness and at least some level of political activism has become essential to long term personal prosperity, not just national prosperity. For these reasons it seems like time to take time reassess every aspect of even the basis for one’s political beliefs, to then carefully formulate one’s political beliefs based on foundational principles that can be applied consistently to politic issues and controversies as they arise. 
 
Marilyn Perry