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November 22, 2018

Voters complained for years there was not a significant difference between the Democratic and the Republican political parties. The examination of the American two-political party system was considered boring with no apparent differences between the two parties.

Why can't there be a difference between the two major political parties on policy so we can have a clear choice when registering to vote, my high school students would ask in frustration?

The apparent similarity in the two political parties after World War II was the result of both factions supporting the U.S. effort to contain the spread of communism. And, with the post-war Cold War considered eminent with the Soviet Union, both U.S. parties had embraced the acceptance of the social programs started during the 1930's by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This post WWII political similarity in American politics was described as the "homogeneity of the electorate." It was the universal acceptance that all American voters believed in - mama, apple pie and Chevrolet.

With the exposure to a 24/7 television newsfeed and the influence of social networking in the past decade, it appears these media outlets have now created the differences in the two parties that voters said they wanted in polling years ago.

Historically, the last time there was an extreme difference between the two American political parties, it resulted in a Civil War (1861-65). 

Philosophers assert that historical civil discourse within any society has always been a presumptive battle between the haves, and the have nots. Whether political, religious, or economic freedoms as its cause of conflict, there have been factions ready to unite willing to use force against other factions fighting to regain the power believed to have been lost.

Our Founding Fathers united multiple factions to one focus, to form a new nation with individual liberty granted to each citizen ready and willing to fight for those freedoms. 

In American history, freedom has never been free!

Thomas Jefferson had an extreme opinion that it would be necessary in America every twenty years or so to preserve our political and religious freedoms. "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants," reflected Jefferson in his view that a faction(s) would try to take our hard fought freedoms away.

Fortunately, Jefferson's pessimistic view of American politics was not correct. We have been able to force factions to the table to forge political compromises saving our children from the calamity and destruction of civil wars.

What has been a distinction within the U.S. is the similarity of a diverse people. Perhaps, voters disagreed on how to get there, but the American course was set for the wellbeing and security of the nation. 

What has been a uniting force in our nation's political history is that a small faction out of many (a plurality) could successfully vote to elect national, state, and local leaders, and the results of the election would be accepted by all citizens.

President Abraham Lincoln pleaded in his 1861 Inaugural Address for our people to seek the better angels of our nature to avoid a Civil War. President Lincoln was the most unpopular American president ever to have been elected. Both southern and northern newspapers wrote of a genuine hate of him for causing that great war.

America is the land of the free, only because our nation has been the home of brave.

May God grant His wisdom to our nation to again "seek the better angels of our nature.

We are too blessed of a nation to force the creation of another generation of veterans who must witness the demons of war in order to resolve our

To contact me at the Capitol, please write to Senator Ron Sharp, State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 429, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105, email me at sharp@oksenate.gov, or call (405) 521-5539.

 

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