I've seen a lot of really good stuff out of Andrew Yang lately and I'm beginning to think we on the Right should be taking notes. It's easy to tell that us normal folks on the Right aren't all that different from the normal folks on the Left—and most of us are Independents if we're being honest. Yang sees this too.
Here's a video for you concerning his Forward Party (I'll note some things underneath if you don't have time to watch):
Here's the longer-than-I-expected highlight:
Right now we have this two-sided [political] duopoly that's just clashing and clashing, and you may love one side more than the other, but you have to face facts that this system is not working…We're getting more and more polarized in large part because the incentives of our political system, our media, and social media all are driving us against each other and making us feel like other Americans are our mortal enemies…57% of Americans say they want a third party. 60% say that both parties are out of touch. Right now, people who say they are Independents essentially outnumber registered Democrats or Republicans 2/1…
[Congress' approval rating is 28%, yet their re-election rate is 92%. Congress members are catering to the most extreme 10-20% of voters in order to get reelected.] ...
The Forward Party has some very straightforward tenets. Number one: Open primaries and ranked-choice voting so that you actually can have political dynamism and different points of view. We change the primary system from closed-party primaries to open primaries and ranked-choice voting. This would immediately make our political figures more rational, because they'd have to cater to 51% of us, rather than the most extreme 20% on either side…
The Forward Party is an inclusive movement. You can be a registered Democrat, Republican, Independent… [The system is] not going to fix itself. The system won't allow it. It's the system itself that needs to change, and we can change it together.
He calls for some things that I disagree with, too. I'm just saying, we should take notes and try to brainstorm in similar ways to this man.
A few other things I like from Yang recently:
Here's another tweet from Yang that I love:
Again, like noted above, we are becoming more and more polarized in this country, and that is not good.
Okay, the thread I came here to show you:
Now, I'm not saying we should all join the Forward Party—though if you feel the need, go for it—but what I am saying is that we might want to start listening to and engaging with people on the Left like Andrew Yang.
Bro is just out here trying to make this country work.
We need more parties in this country, or at least a Republican party that looks like the one you or I imagine. Maybe that means we primary hard; possibly we look into ranked-choice voting; maybe we start alternative parties. Either way, we have to do something to make this country work, and I believe Andrew Yang is at least on the right track.
It's either try to make this work and engage with people, or just do the Civil War.
And it's up to us to decide.
I'll leave you with an excerpt from George Washington's farewell speech:
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.