Americans, Stop Making Excuses For Your Party

The American political scene is...well, a joke. I'm sure other countries are cracking up at our inability to bring forth a leader with some sort of dignity. Or common sense. Or a kind heart. Or honest intentions. Really, any of the above will do. I don't ask for much. 

If you're a Republican, there's a chance that you just took offense at that statement, based on our current President.

If you're a Democrat, don't think I'm not talking to you as well. 

If you're an Independent, for the love of bald eagles and leather jackets, give us a candidate that can at least show up. 

The point is, there is not a political party in the United States today that should be boasting of the fantastic candidate they have brought forth. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans brought a real winner to the 2016 Election. Neither party did "well", and we're left to clean up the mess.

I think most of you would agree with this point if we were having a pleasant conversation over a latte. Yet you know what still fills my Facebook timeline? Republicans yelling at Democrats. Democrats yelling at Republicans. Both parties making excuses for the latest offense their particular politician has committed. Both parties bringing up events that happened years ago to defend or destroy. While this consistent state of "oh no they didn't!" online may bring a small aspect of entertainment, it is disgraceful. 

What if we stopped using the wrongdoings of the other party to justify the current actions of our own? 

Imagine that; someone brings up something the Donald does and instead of saying "sure, but so-and-so Democrat did that and so this isn't that bad", we said, "you're right, that sucks." Likewise, when someone has something to say about a Democratic politician, why is our first instinct to say "ok true, but have you seen what Trump tweeted recently?" 

Why can't we just stay focused on the issue at hand? Instead, we point fingers like schoolyard children trying to get out of detention. 

The fact of the matter is that our country's leaders deserve to be held to a higher standard.

They kind of asked for it when they accepted their decision-making power. This being said, it is our responsibility as Americans to hold them to that standard, whether they associate with our perspective party or not. 

Republicans, it is your job to hold both Republicans and Democrats to the highest standard of conduct, including, but not limited to; economic wisdom, fair immigration laws, environmental sanity, foreign exchanges that represent the country you reside in well, honest communication with the press, justice for the oppressed, a problem-solving complex that is above the average Joe, and last, but certainly not least, the general human decency that makes you proud of your leader. 

Democrats, it is your job to hold both Democrats and Republicans to the highest standard of conduct, including, but not limited to; economic wisdom, fair immigration laws, environmental sanity, foreign exchanges that represent the country you reside in well, honest communication with the press, justice for the oppressed, a problem-solving complex that is above the average Joe, and last, but certainly not least, the general human decency that makes you proud of your leader. 

Before you start pointing fingers (or, in reality, throwing punches) at the other party, remember that we're all in this together. Do you think our men and women in our military are yelling at each other about political party while they're fighting our battles for us? I doubt it. 

Keep in mind that the politicians elected for your party signed up to be on the hotseat. Hold them to higher standards. Focus on the present issues. Americans, stop making excuses for your party.