We here at Capitol Hill Blue have a radical idea for this election.
On Nov. 6, try checking your politics at the door.
Don’t vote as a Democrat.
Don’t vote as a Republican.
Don’t cast a ballot as a conservative.
Or as a liberal.
Try voting only as an American.
What’s the difference?
A big one and if you don’t see the difference perhaps you aren’t educated enough to help decide the future of this nation.
Political parties and ideological groups offer only strict adherence to dogma as an approach to government.
That idea doesn’t work as years of gridlock in Washington have proven.
Political partisans think of party first.
When that happens, America loses.
And so do we.
America’s problems run deep.
The solutions do not lie in “my way or the highway rhetoric or soundbites.
Salvation comes from a return to cooperation, conciliation, coalitions and cooperation.
The answer does not lie in hot button issues like abortion or guns. It lies in putting petty differences aside and working together for common goals.
We don’t get there by name-calling, slogan-slinging or dressing up like Uncle Sam or the Statue of Liberty. We don’t get there by condemning those with different views, different views or different ancestries.
“A Republic,” Franklin answered, “if we can keep it.”
Democrats can’t save the Republic.
Neither can Republicans.
Conservatives can’t save the nation.
Neither can liberals.
Salvation can come only at the hands of Americans.
If they are up to the task.
(The video above was produced by Doug Thompson and is the start of a voter education effort funded by him.)