Andrew Yang ran for president as a Democrat in 2020, and he sparked enthusiasm and earned respect on all sides for communicating his ideas and proposals outside of the typical rhetoric and talking points we have grown accustomed to.
Back in October, Yang took to Twitter to announce the founding of a new political party which he dubs the Forward Party.
The premise is simple enough. Democrat versus Republican is broken, and the increasing polarization of seemingly everything is destroying America. Political affiliation is the basis for an acceptable type of discrimination, and our countrymen are downright ugly and mean to one another on the basis of who lines up on the red team or the blue.
According to a Gallup poll from October 2021, 26% of Americans consider themselves Republicans, 26% consider themselves Democrats, and a whopping 44% identify as Independents.
To Yang’s point, close to twice as many of our countrymen prefer associating themselves with neither of the two major political parties. And this is where he wants to focus his efforts at reforming the way we elect our representatives to government.
Get a Job
Meanwhile, “Commodore Vanderbilt” over at Not the Bee reported yesterday on the underwhelming November jobs report and how the Biden administration and Democrats at CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC were spinning it.
To Jen Psaki’s point, most voters are left cold by numbers and statistics. They want to know how the news and proposals of elected officials and political parties are going to effect them personally. When the rubber meets the road, how is their life going to be impacted? How are their loved ones going to be either helped or hindered?
And this all relates back to Andrew Yang’s proposal of a Forward Party to cure the gridlock and political animus because the establishment types in both dominant parties have a vested interest in relating to fresh ideas based on how they personally would be affected.
Upsetting the Status Quo
When more and more folks have planned their entire lives on the current status quo being maintained politically, economically, and socially, good luck getting them to keep the gates open to anyone trying to upset the applecart.
Yet there is still a better way, and it has everything to do with 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
At the risk of over-spiritualizing the situation, what we need is not a new political party. What we need is a humble and contrite heart towards the Lord which desires to turn away from wickedness and seek his face.
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