Our Two-Party System Is Gasping For Breath

There Has To Be

Something Better!

On 9/28/16, I published a post to this blog entitled Binary Party Affiliation Choices — We Need Something Better. In it, I proposed what I believed then [and still believe now] would be a much better conceptual framework [paradigm] for selecting our leaders and governing our country under its Constitution. I’m basically a “one man show,” so I don’t have the resources or funding to build a following large enough to become widely visible on a national scale — which on something of this magnitude could actually cause it to gain enough traction to attract potential investors who have the capacity to move it from concept to reality. So at that time I felt that maybe I had planted a seed that could catch at least some wind that might take it to fertile soil.

Well, I can’t claim to have been the sower of the seed that prompted a 9/8/21 New York Times article entitled Quiz: If America Had Six Parties, Which Would You Belong To?, but reading it immediately brought to mind my 2016 blog post. The basic concept of that 2021 article was the same as the basic concept in my Blog post almost exactly five years earlier. However, the methodology used to produce the subject matter for the article [which was a six-party framework] via a survey was much less compressive than the methodology I had outlined in 2016 for two reasons: 1) the questions they asked were worded too succinctly; and 2) the answer choices forced you to extremes. Had their process been more like the one I described in my Blog post, the result would have been a significantly larger number of “parties,” although the term “parties” would not be an accurate description for what would essentially be “large clusters of people who are very like-minded but not ‘dyed in the wool’ party loyalists.” Although I think I’ve presented here a sufficient gist of the New York Times article for purposes of the remainder of this post, you can access the article directly at this link and decide that for yourself:  NYT — 6 Parties Concept.

I formed my USAparadigm.com web site and began posting to this Blog in the Summer of 2016. I felt at that time [as I do now] that a major paradigm shift in our political and governmental system was underway [see note below about the term paradigm and why I use it it often.] However, I’ve since learned two things that were new and surprising to me: 1) that paradigm shifts of this magnitude can take much longer than I envisioned at that time to unfold as the Current Paradigm is displaced by a New Paradigm that “takes over” because it has become more effective [and therefore more widely accepted] than its predecessor; 2) the road from Current Paradigm to New Paradigm can be very treacherous because major influential players in the Current Paradigm have the power to make it so. “Miss Stella,” my high school English teacher who challenged her graduating seniors to learn at least one new thing every day for the rest of their lives, would be proud of me now. Not only have I tried to meet her challenge all these years, but these two new things I’ve learned may be the most significant of all if my writings ultimately have even the slightest effect on bringing this paradigm shift to fruition in its best form.

For a year or so beginning in mid 2016, I published weekly posts to this Blog — and frankly, I was amazed at the number of people who read them — many times the number of people I know personally. After that, until I published what I felt was an “emergency” three-part series of posts in October 2020 entitled A Choice Between Two Futures, I published very few posts. However, the current situation after only eight months since January 20th and the direction in which we’re headed at an alarming pace have prompted me to begin regular posts again — probably not weekly as I did in 2016-2018, but on a more ad hoc frequency depending on what is happening week to week and month to month. If you are among those who’ve read my posts to this Blog in the past, thank you for doing so. If not, I appreciate your reading this one. In any event, I hope you will take what I write in upcoming posts into consideration as you form your opinions on matters affecting our country’s future.

Thanks for reading this post, and if you regularly follow my Blog, for that, too. Please consider sharing this or other posts with your friends, colleagues and associates.

Note. I have written extensively on the concept of paradigm shifts, so elaborating here would be redundant for regular readers of my posts. If you are a new reader and that term and why I use it is something you’d like to delve into a little deeper, I’d suggest visiting the A Major Paradigm Shift Underway page at my web site, which begins by defining “paradigm” [according to dictionaries] as “the way things work — the pattern, the model, the system, the set of rules, the modus operandi.” If after reading that page you want to delve deeper, then click the Search box and type in the word paradigm. That will bring up several Blog posts, the titles of some of which might look interesting to you.

Thanks for reading this post, and if you regularly follow my Blog, for that, too. Please consider sharing this or other posts with your friends, colleagues and associates.

Charles M. Jones

Author: Charles M. Jones, PE, CPA

[retired — neither license active]

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