This is the fourth post in a series by Independent Voters of America founder Bill Hillsman. We’re calling it the “Why Be Independent?” series, and will be posting POV on why a number of typically aggregated groups like women, seniors, people under the age of 40… why all should be independent voters. This post is crossposted at Huffington Post.
If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on over the past three decades or so, you’ve noticed a few things:
1. The two-party duopoly that controls our country isn’t working.
2. Politicians—of both parties—promise over and over that things will change… but they don’t.
3. Whether it’s a Democratic or a Republican administration, when you look at the presidential advertisers and cabinet members in charge of our economy and tax policy over the past twenty years, they’re all either from Wall Street or have close ties to Wall Street.
In the United States, income inequality has become an epidemic. We are rapidly moving towards a country where the middle class no longer exists—where there will only be two classes, the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
What’s always made our country the envy of all the other countries on the globe was our middle-class. In an economically healthy America, there have always been many routes to “the pursuit of happiness:” citizens had a living standard that made them able to afford a home, to raise and educate their children, and then to expect that their children would go on to live an American life at least as good as the one their parents enjoyed.
That’s no longer the case. And if you intend to wait for the Republican and Democratic politicians who control our country to change that, you’re going to have a long wait. You see, they are either in the 1% before they take office or after they’ve held office. And while they’re in office, they rely on contributions from the 1% to keep them in office.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, why would anyone in the 99% continue to vote for Democrats and Republicans? Join us here at Independent Voters of America today, join us on Facebook. We already make up nearly 40% of all voters. With the help of the 99%, we can command a majority. And then the real work of change can finally begin.