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We are so immersed in our loyalties to political parties that we fail to see the flaws in our own parties. It's as if the party we support can do no wrong, and that whatever that party supports, we, too must support. Whatever our party condemns, we must also condemn. We ignore the personal foibles of our politicians, so long as they are loyal members of our party. We get incensed whenever someone says something against our party, especially if it is one of them who says it, one of those other party supporters.

We have been trained well.

Party leadership down to the run-of-the-mill members, those in the local trenches working for their parties, work hard to get their candidates elected. It is a matter of honor as well as a labor of love to give of your efforts, time and money, so that their person gets elected. There is a cost for this, and that cost is independence, freedom, liberty. The cost is the same for either party you tend to support, Democrat or Republican.

Both major parties look to suppress some liberties, whether it is to own a gun or to control one's own body. Same tyranny, different facts; there is no real difference. Why don't voters see this? If they did, we would not have the mess we have today, the long, long, long term representatives and senators, forever delegates, and officials who treat the public treasury as their personal wallet.

It is comforting to have parents to lean on, to think for us, to coddle us, but at some point we must grow up and think for ourselves, to see that those who control us do it for their good, not ours.

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Archie Whitehill lives in Norfolk, Virginia and works as a Case Manager for a Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Program (VASAVOR). He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Arts in (more...)

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