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America Must Start Moving Forward Faster

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America seems to be suffering from a kind of "Battered Woman's Syndrome." The Democrats see the country in pain and promise us, "Baby, I'll treat you right." Then they cave into the Republicans even when they know the Republicans won't vote for progress with the changes.

When the Republicans take over and tell us, "You'll take it and you'll like it." We get mad, vote Democrats back in on the promise of things like "Hope" and "Change." Then America forgets all the bad stuff Republicans did to us (in just two years time). We forget about their war spending, their constant affairs with corporations and their middle class destroying ways. We start thinking that maybe it is our lost moral compass and move back in with them. Why? It's not because we hate homosexuals or minorities. The real problem lies in the fact that the Democrats are too weak to get anything done.

Now that they think they are back in power, the Republicans want to "play nice" and "work with Obama." They will no longer care about their promises to stop so-called "Obamacare." They won't make abortion illegal. They won't re-negotiate NAFTA to fix their illegal immigration problem (though they may get a big fence and start shooting people).

In two years, Obama will keep the White House. Why? Because the Republicans will keep driving the economy down giving help and services to the rich 1% while the middle class the voters are forgotten. We will look again to our weaker dominate party to fix things, when they can't even agree amongst themselves.

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What America needs is a real middle-to-left-leaning party. The Democrats have pushed further and further right to win conservative voters and the favor of their little brother, the Republican Party. Rather than looking out for the average guy, they too court the big corporations. Sure, they talk about us. They still have union friends (though unions seem to be just as bad as the corporations at this point). They do stick up for the minorities (until they get to the White House and won't fix "don't ask, don't tell" - likely one of the least American things the U.S. military can do).

It has been said before, but we need a middle class party before the middle class is gone. Today we have the Republicans and the Democrats, our two corporate zombie parties that just won't die. We have the Libertarians, anarchists that try to use the Constitution to stop the government from existing (yes, I'm pointing at you, Ron Paul). We have the Green Party, they are liberal but too strange for most Americans. Last we have the Constitution Party, a conservative group that pretends our government was designed to be the very theocracy our founders were trying to avoid, though sadly what most real conservative pretend the Republican Party is.

None of these parties are able to represent the average American. The big 2 have proven this time and time again. The little parties are too fringe, that's why they don't catch on. Let's face it, if the Tea Party was as powerful as they like to think themselves, more Libertarians would have been elected, not more Republicans.

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While there are other parties out there, they are too out there, many times as their names suggest. I really can't imagine any red blooded American voting for a Party with "Socialist," "Communist" or "Marijuana" in the name.

If America really wants progress, maybe it is time for a Progressive Party. While following the Constitution, the party could focus on education, health care, trade (jobs), green technology and other economically sound principals. It order to be truly progressive, the 10 th amendment could be followed (" The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." ) and moral issues could stop being a Federal issue. Items such as whom may marry whom and abortion could be state issues, as there is nothing about them in the Constitution.

Lets face it, our Founding Fathers were progressive, not conservative. They wanted a president, not a king. They wanted separation of Church and State, not theocratical control. They weren't about power and control - they were about freedom and economy. They didn't want to start wars or be the world police, they wanted place where they could rase their crops and their families in peace. Sure, some aspects of their vision seem conservative now, but they were very liberal for the time.

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There is no reason why progressives can't dress up like the founders and demand education or health care reform, as these were things our founders would likely have stood for if they were alive today. To be fair, not all of them would. Unlike what the Tea Party would like us to think there were strong arguments between them. But over all, they would be for progress and a greater America.

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A graduate of Franklin University with a degree in Digital Communications, David currently works as a marketing director in Dayton, Ohio. In the past, he was a full time political activist lobbying Congress in an effort to create a better (more...)

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