Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

We live in a time when people should really think about experiencing and flexing their independent muscles. Let the Democratic and Republican parties go and vote Independent.  

The picture and evidence are clear: Neither party upholds the moral and spiritual Christian values this country was founded upon. People want to make it a “bad thing” to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” and find fault with people’s religious beliefs based on their own biases and racist views. 

Some people in the Democratic party would be all right with former president Barack Obama calling a Trump supporter a rabid dog who needs to be put down. The way our current president talks about the Democratic party and the media as the enemy of the people is beyond belief.  

He called one of his former advisors, Omarosa Manigault Newman, a crazed dog. Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended this comment, saying he says nasty things like that about all people. She couldn’t promise that no tapes exist in which he uses the N-word. Donald Trump has wrought havoc upon our values. He has been accused of sexually assaulting 19 women but he has not had to address those accusations.  

The shortcomings and corruption we find in both parties push us far away from the Judeo-Christian values this country was founded upon. These values, which brought about Social Security, Medicaid, public housing and other programs that help the less fortunate, are in danger of being destroyed by those claiming to have our best interests at heart. 

As Independents, we could bring about the changes we seek by choosing candidates who are unbeholden to party, but rather beholden to the American people. 

The question is, is there a middle ground in America for people to go to? The percentage of people who found their way to vote for Trump’s nasty ways for economic or racist reasons will probably support him all the way to the gallows of Hell.  

Trump really might make America great again, if America were able to get rid of all that he represents. He talked about draining the swamp, but he is the swamp. His former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, swindled money from a small bank in Chicago that was set up to help veterans. Somehow, $16 million was taken from this small bank, yet we hear nothing about it from the Republican party or Fox News. 

What the American people have now is more questions than answers. People in America who call themselves Democrats and Republicans are determined to be right at all costs. We have to be independent of these people if we are going to bring some healing to our country. Many people will take up the banners of reform, hopefully to actually change their party’s platform from within. But can the two parties be reformed when they are up against silence and wealth?  

Voters in America are getting younger, and it’s almost up to them to bring about the changes we desperately need. When it comes time to vote, we hope they won’t listen to the Democrats and Republicans when they tell the same lies, or to a president who is famous for saying the sky is green. 

Now, with all those lies floating in the airwaves, let’s consider Sanders, President Trump’s press secretary. She talks about how Trump has been a savior for Black folks, and says that President Obama has done nothing to help poor Black and brown Americans. But the truth is that everything Trump has done has been to demonize them, calling them socialists and the worst people in the world. When did calling someone a socialist without cause become fair? 

Some Democrats and Republicans want to limit healthcare and housing to Americans. They also want to limit the Americans’ ability to access capital in their communities and to build for themselves.  

Those same Democrats and Republicans tell young people they can’t do anything about our Second Amendment rights to carry guns and to murder each other on the streets of Chicago. But when you look at Chicago, it perfectly shows why we need to get rid of guns in America and its inner cities. Weapons are made for war, not for sport, and we need them off our streets.  

We could do well voting independently. We need to really think, and let go of these partisan and poisonous platforms.