The dangers of the two-party pendulum

Two-party pendulum

Upon Trump’s surprising win Tuesday night, I felt a depressing air settle into my school’s hallways. I witnessed students sitting in shock and silence as well as others in my AP European History class outraged and distressed, for they were very vocal opponents against Trump. Sensing the obvious and collective negative vibe, my teacher, who earned his master’s degree in American government and politics, decided to share some of his wisdom with us, and it went something like this:

“You guys don’t need to worry too much… after all, the president is only one part of our government system. You know, if he does do a bad job, the American people will act appropriately in two years. The legislative houses will flip control. It happened in 2010, 2006 and 1996, and it can happen again. Don’t freak out over this one election.”

I think, in that statement, lies the flaw in the binary system. With Donald Trump as our next president, with his temperament and principles, I still hold the same position as I mentioned before that I believe he is unfit to be our president. However, we are now stuck in the cold reality that he is, indeed, our chosen candidate. “It was either him or Hillary,” my friend told me a few hours back. To me, that was the problem. I don’t think anyone right-leaning wants a Democrat controlled legislative branch.

Say that Trump’s presidency turns out similarly to his campaign: he says and does unwise and unpresidential things that hamper on America’s view of him even further; causing him to have abysmal approval ratings. What would this do to the midterm elections? When the Republicans challenged Democratic House and Senate seats in the 1994 midterm elections, many won them on the basis of President Bill Clinton’s policy failures during his first two years in office, integrating those letdowns into their campaigns. Similarly, 2018 could result in what my European history teacher mentioned: the Democrats take control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, just like history has shown us.

I was reading Erick Erickson’s article about the humility that #NeverTrump-ers must have, and in the current state of the liberal Republican/Democrat dominion, I could not agree more. We must hope for the best, that Mr. Trump will do what is right. Because in the end, being “right” was not our goal. Making America constitutionally-focused and centered on God was our intention, and always will be. His statement at the end of his piece especially stood out to me: “Hoping for the best and giving him a chance reflects our principles. Doing so does not abandon our principles.”

I wrote a segment for The New Americana in the past explaining why I felt an urge to be a part of the newly-named Federalist Party.  I stated Trump was just one of the two evil frontrunners, and he now he is just one of the two who got elected. Now the “lesser of two evils” has been chosen, right? I wrote in my very first article, “People should not have to choose between two wrongs and hope that it comes out right;” and I think that is still the case, which is why our movement is in existence.

All of that said, we also must take into account that the Federalist Party still has another mission, and that is to build a successful and promising third-option for voters. The GOP is still just as unwelcoming to conservatives as it was before yesterday’s events, and it’s important to keep this in mind. Though it may be harder to push the need for this new party, it is still just as necessary as it was the day before.

I cannot help but laugh whenever I hear his people say, “Trump’s campaign is the movement America has been waiting for!” I then think of a friend’s wisdom, “You know your party’s in trouble when morality is its shortfall.” I also think of Trump’s image and my friends’ despair today.  They look at Trump and see the equivalent of a maniac because of what he said and did during his campaign in; addition to what was revealed about him. They see lack of principles and character. I, too, can obviously relate to this as a member of #NeverTrump to the very end. But we could not stop it because of the barriers of the two-party system. However, the Federalists’ have an opportunity with a new party platform to do so now, as long as we stay true to our cause and to Christ.

Many of the things that were true before the election are still true now, and I fear people are forgetting this important detail. In all of the hype about Donald Trump winning the presidency, we must remember both who he was before the election and what our original goals were for the Federalist Party.  He has a liberal record despite his current positions, strong or weak as they may be.

We have a mission on behalf of God and conservatism that still exists despite the GOP win last night. We must trust in our Savior more than ever. Especially when an absence of God was the pitfall of America, the result being a presidential ballot with two evils. When trust is placed in man, rather than God, we will reap the consequences of our worldly ideas.

There is no room for our values in this two party election platform. It is time to counter the Godless culture threatening our nation, restore respect for the Constitution, and the new Federalist Party. While we can hope that Donald Trump will do his very best to stay true in his commitment to conservative values. Yet, we must do all we can to prepare for the worst, what is and is to come. I respect my AP European history teacher very much and love his lectures. That said, I think it is time to move beyond the inherent dangers of the “two-party pendulum.”

Megan Kerr

Christian conservative writer Megan Kerr is a senior in high school. In addition to being a freedom fighter, she enjoys debating, volunteering for political campaigns (such as Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign in Indiana) and writing about politics. She is also a violinist and violist at the Anderson University Chamber Orchestra as well as in her school music programs. When she isn’t writing for The New Americana, she is playing the viola and violin, studying American history, checking up on the news and spending time with her family and friends.

  1. Megan: I know you mean well but Conservatives are now the minority of the minority party. To split from the GOP puts us on par with the Libertarians and we can win nothing. With people moving their voter registrations and leaving the GOP already, it may be impossible to nominate a true conservative in the 2020 presidential race who has any hope of winning the White House.

    1. The GOP will never nominate another conservative for president. The only reason Reagan won the nomination is because they were taken off-guard by events in New Hampshire and failed to control the narrative.

      The primary system favors the best financed candidates. The contests are front-loaded to prevent an insurgent candidate from carrying the fight to the convention like Reagan in 1976. With the current debate rules, the entire process is nationalized making it impossible for a low name ID candidate, like a Bobby Jindal or Carly Fiorina, to be eligible for the debates. Without debate exposure, their campaigns are dead.

      If you read the GOP 2012 autopsy, authored in part by Haley Barbour (one of the Barbours who hired democrats to run a race baiting campaign against Chris McDaniel in the 2014 Mississippi senate race), they advocate opening all primaries. They want to restrict the debates and narrow candidate participation.

      The GOP leadership prefers to represent the minority at the table of power in a large, powerful centralized state, than to represent the majority at the table of power in a limited, smaller federal state.

      If there was any doubt, just look at the video of what they did during the last GOP convention. Reince Priebus sent RNC thugs — employees of the committee – to the floor to browbeat and strong-arm delegates — little ladies with spines of steel — into changing their vote/rescinding their petition. Who is the committee? The delegates, right? The delegates elect the leadership who hire the employees. So, why are employees threatening the owners of the committee? Owners (shareholders) don’t usually get attacked by employees in corporations, do they?

      We might have been a minority in that minority party, but we had the philosophy, they didn’t and still don’t. They try to appropriate our philosophy to appeal to the electorate, but they are insincere and disingenuous. That is why they fail in even trivial areas — like prohibiting funding of Planned Parenthood — but they are tenacious, vicious, and conniving in defeating conservatives.

      We are not welcome in that party.

      The good news is our philosophy is still the philosophy the largest group of people subscribe to in the country. Surveys consistently show the plurality of citizens identify as conservatives.

      If you look at voter participation, you will see there are millions of voters who are disgusted and have lost faith in the system. Over the last three cycles, our population increased by almost 20 million people, but the number of voters declined. Many of those discouraged voters can be activated, if a party stands up and sincerely advocates for their values.

      Even without motivating discouraged voters, authenticity matters, especially to citizens under 40. They do not see the Democratic-Republican uni-party as authentic, sincere, or trustworthy. We can win over this electorate because the message is our message, not theirs.

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