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Lori Falce: Blinded by the colors of political parties

There was a time in my life when I couldn’t tell you the political parties of almost everyone I knew.

Parties didn’t define any of these people as much as other things about them. They were neither Democrats nor Republicans. They were teachers, bankers, farmers, electricians, nurses, housewives, mechanics, retirees, students. They were Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Jews. They were volunteers, and they contributed to more causes than I can count.

I knew about parties, of course. I knew they were very important to some people, but for the majority of those in my world it was a box that was checked off on a form when you registered to vote and didn’t think much of the rest of the time.

He began touring in the early 1990s, becoming increasingly prominent. The day I realized my uncle’s birthday was like the moment Dorothy walked into Oz. Everything went from shades of gray to clearly delineated color.

We now live in a world where everything is red or blue. Even if you think it’s another color, you’re wrong.

Red used to mean communist, but now means republican, while communist means socialist, which is obviously democrat, so it’s blue. Blue means police, but police support is tied to the GOP, so blue is now red. The Green Party is not really green because it is environmental, which means it is liberal, so everything green, including green, is really blue.

Our two-party system is devouring our entire world. The problem is that we don’t really have two parties.

I mean, actually, we have loads of them. In addition to the aforementioned Democratic, Republican, and Green parties, we also have Libertarian and Independent parties and all kinds of specialty parties that might only appear in one state. Alaska has a whole party dedicated to seeing our largest state become its own country.

But most of them end up pandering to both ruling parties, like Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, who ran for president as a Democrat, or Ron Paul, who served as a member of the Texas GOP Congress and ran for president three times. once as a Libertarian and twice as a Republican.

Even within the parties themselves, there are factions that really should be considered separate entities. On the Democratic side, the leftmost progressives should be their own party. The Republicans have the Tea Party movement and what you might call the supporters of Trump’s MAGA party.

It sometimes seems that there is not much left of the parties as they existed 20, 30, 40 years ago. Yet they are still considered the controlling parties when that control is questionable. They sit on thrones like Queen Elizabeth II in the UK, celebrating years in power when that power is only ceremonial and real authority long held by others.

It is no sacrilege to recognize that our political parties – parties that George Washington never wanted to see take over – have lost their usefulness. Parties are not enshrined in the Constitution. They have infiltrated lore and regulation like parasites – and could and should be weeded out as a result.

Changing the party system wouldn’t change anyone’s political positions, but like erasing lines on a gerrymandered map, it would allow for a fairer distribution of power between those who actually agree with each other rather than those forced into unhappy marriages because there are only two real options.

It would also allow us to return to those shades of gray, like when Dorothy returned to Kansas – all the wiser to have left those harsh colors in Oz.

Lori Falce is the community engagement editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Lori at lfalce@triblive.com.