How quickly the 2018 midterm election fades away and the Republic moves onward, a raucous election locally and in many states. What’s wrong with going back to the ballot box and paper ballots? No Russian interference, no multimillion-dollar equipment breaking down, no lost ballots with votes secured in those wooden ballot boxes. I always enjoy standing in line with other voters of various political persuasions knowing that I was doing my patriotic duty as a citizen to cast my ballot. I liked the “I voted” lapel sticker.
Instead of mailing mega buck postage ballots received and returned let’s give the money to nonprofits to assist the underserved. There was $60 million spent in the recent election on many frivolous ballot issues that should have been taken care by our legislature. That’s $60 million that could be used in many shelters and indigent health care clinics. The 2020 election may be even worse as we continue to buy votes and influence voters.
Critics can blast political parties all they want, but unaffiliated voters have no spokesmen or leadership. A massive amount of folks describe themselves as “independents” and many are either not interested in the election or are turned off by the negative nature of politics.
Party members do participate in the system and are better informed on elected office holders and legislative matters. The two parties screen candidates and hold primary election in hopes of finding and electing the best possible candidates.
Take for example the recent 6th District election where Jason Crow defeated five-term incumbent Mike Coffman. While I’ve not met Jason, he was a good candidate, combat veteran Army Ranger, a good family man and successful lawyer. He was able to defeat an excellent experienced and well-liked incumbent Coffman.
In recent times political campaigns have become better organized than the local and state party leadership. In this recent election state GOP leadership was almost non-existent, Jared Polis led the Democrat ticket with strong leadership. I, for one, wondered where Walker Stapleton was all those weeks before the election.
Where was the national committee men and women from both political parties? Mike Muftic and Henry Straus served as Democrat National Committee men for years. Bill Daniels was the GOP National Committeeman followed by Jim Nicholson who became National GOP chairman and then Ambassador to the Vatican.
Arapahoe County GOP former chair Joy Hoffman ran for Colorado National Committee woman two years ago and was defeated in Pueblo at the state convention. She must have been defeated by a ghost who has disappeared. This is a major position in both political parties and the office holders serve on the national committees. These are powerful groups that seek presidential candidates and write the party platforms.
Bottom line is that political parties are vital to our elections and representative government. There is a movement toward having more political parties than just Republican and Democrat similar to many European counties that need coalitions to form a new government. But, in the last election only a minute fraction of votes was wasted on third party candidates.
However, our system continues to work well, and thousands of immigrants are now at our southern border wanting to become American citizens.
I don’t see a line of people leaving.
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