There are two political parties in the United States that consistently win local and national elections. But being either a Republican or Democrat inherently alienates the entire other side. Winning in a district or nationally by 52% to 48%, or anything within ten to fifteen percentage points is not winning the majority. It is half. More half than the other person got, but it is a half and not a real majority. I don’t call it a majority until its 60% or more. Politicians want just a little more of a half than the other guy. But then they fight, they squabble, they lord over the losing side proclaiming, “I won.” Hitler won his election too. What are you going to do now, that is the question they need to address?
If a candidate comes out as a Democrat, then nearly half the voters already don’t like them. It is the same for Republicans. It’s a divide that is increasingly intractable. Now there is nothing wrong with being a Republican or Democrat. Both have their views, both have their good points, both are frequently foolish, and the United States needs both points of view to continue to grow as a nation. But just saying I am a Republican or Democrat eliminates discussion of the candidates and becomes a discussion of the candidate’s party and the party’s views.
It’s not necessary. We don’t need to be this divided. Being a Republican does not mean that you give up on Democratic voters or vice versa. Political candidates must reach out to all the voters in the district (or nation) to really make a difference, to really gain a majority. How? How would they do this? They have to find the common ground. The easiest commonality and the first that comes to mind is the geographical divisions of voting districts. We who live near each other vote together. What I mean by this is, if a person is running for state office, a federal congressional district, governor, etc., the easiest thing for them to do is to run as a Missourian, for instance. If a candidate says, “I am a Missourian first, Democrat (or Republican) is down the list, after family, friends, faith…” then they are not alienating half the voters. I find that there is more that unites the people in my community, my county, my state, than divides us. Every time I see Democrat or Republican near a politicians name I cast a mental impression of the party’s politics over the politician, and party politics lately has been shameful. But a candidate that said “Missourian” ahead of political party would be sending a signal of unity, not division.