I'm going to say something, and it may be taken completely out of context and/or character. Forgive me in advance. Ready? OK, (deep breath) here it goes.
I miss the Republican Party.
I don't miss the "Republican" Party itself. I miss the existence of the Republican Party (as in the conservative political representative), because the current impostor that parades itself in front of the American public is far removed from the machine that used to exist. There was once a time where conservative values weren't automatically and instantaneously aligned with bigotry, fear-mongering, obnoxious levels of force fed religiosity, and irrefutable racism. The conservative wing of the American political system has been dragged so far to the right that extremism is the new norm. The party has become so unrecognizable that long time establishment members are struggling to identify with the "Grand Old Party".
Consider this. National polls from the Republican primary election say somewhere around seventy percent of conservatives pledge support to either Donald Trump (a unapologetic bigot with more bankruptcy filings than any other major corporation in America), Ted Cruz (the only candidate that may be more extreme than Trump with a voting record to prove it), and Ben Carson (a pathological liar with the political knowledge of polar bear). Voters say these candidates "speak for them". They identify with them. The extreme candidates embody what most closely resembles their idea of "American values". For any Reaganite, that is a scary proposition and a seemingly impossible hill to climb.
The past seven years has created an undeniable rift in the Conservative party in America, and because of this, Republican politicians are faced with two options: get on board, or get out of the way. Fortunately, a third option exists. Unfortunately, the way out requires taking drastic steps that will fundamentally alter the political world for decades to come. Behind door number three lies the only real alternative to the current political cluster-f*** we are being forced to endure.
It is time to completely blow up the two party system in American politics.
The century long experiment has run its course. There is no turning back. The faithful wife has walked in on the cheating husband and the only words she can utter is "I don't know who you are anymore". The Republican Party, as we know it, is irreparable. If pressed, I'm quite sure establishment party members will admit that much of this is a self-caused predicament. They allowed the extreme factions within the party to become the dominant voice. They allowed the Tea Party to hijack the narrative in 2010. They allowed the party to become the party of fear, bigotry, false-truths, and conjured realities. Their lack of resolve has resulted in a group of political loonies transforming the Conservative brand into a joke-laden soap opera. The only solution is to sever ties and start anew.
A third party has its benefits.
1. A centrist party caters to the "Middle"
For some reason, many people who don't know me very well often confuse me for a liberal. Maybe because of my constant criticism of the Republican Party. Maybe because they identify my skin color with an automatic liberal affiliation. In reality, I'm neither a textbook liberal or conservative. I align with the majority of Americans "fence straddlers" - those who consider themselves social liberals and fiscal conservative or vise versa. In my case, I'm a Realist. I am a gun advocate that can admit that a little restriction on the accessibility of firearms is not an unreasonable request. I respect an individuals religious rights but am staunchly against them imposing those beliefs on those of a different (or no) religious alignment to the point to where their constitutional rights are infringed. I am a constitutionalist that doesn't always trust States to properly administer the law. I believe if gays want to marry, who am I (or the government) to deny them of that right. I also believe that we should have the worlds most powerful military, but seeing that we spend more that the next 25 countries combined, I believe that reduced military spending wouldn't jeopardize our might.
Most Americans don't align with the strict definitions of Liberalism or Conservatism that the current two-party system calls for - which explains the fact that nearly half of Americans identify as Independents rather than party-voters. A more centrist party allows for a message to be catered to the conflicted, and it removes the hard-line barriers the traditional two-party system imposes.
2. Finally, Moderate Conservatives can RE-grow a pair
Essentially, the entirety of the le regne d'Obama has been a period of Moderate-Republican castration. From the moment the landslide victory of 2008 was confirmed, the extreme wing of the Party pressed an agenda of immediate rejections of all things Obama. Compromise, the most essential tool in politics, was assured to be nonexistent - at least on the part of the Republican Party. Anyone who refused to toe the party line as laid out radical extremists faced the threat of Primary challenges bankrolled by the very entities that sought their allegiance. If internal suppression isn't enough, the party finds itself increasing under puppeteer-like control of interest groups. One set of strings is pulled by Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, the other by Charles and David Koch. If moderates ever imagined a time where strings could be cut and they could finally function as individuals, a third political party may be the only plausible solution.
3. It's the only way to break the democratic MINORITY monopoly
The late, great comedic mastermind, Patrice O'Neal, once said:
"Black people are on the edge of saying 'What tha F*** is Obama doin?' But there's too many people outwardly hating him... If you would just shut up, I'd be against him... Stop having rallies and stuff, black people might catch up with you."
The evidence of minority displeasure with democratic government officials is quite evident over the past few years. Hispanics are outraged over President Obama's deportation activities as well as a lack of comprehensive immigration reform. Minorities have demanded Democrat local and state officials be removed from office as a result of police misconduct. To date, Senator Bernie Sanders remains the only Democratic presidential candidate to pursue minority issues as a major part of his platform. Hell, the perceived Democratic front runner has seemingly taken the minority vote for granted and has yet to say the three words we, as people of color, want to hear from her... "Black Lives Matter".
The Republican Party has shown a certain inability, or worse apathy, towards acquiring support from people of color. If Moderate Conservatives would take a step back from the divisive rhetoric and mudslinging, they would be able to notice that minorities are almost as pissed off with Democrats as conservatives are. The problem is, Conservatives anger won't allow us the opportunity to express any sorts of displeasure due to their radical and unprecedented approach to the presidency of Barack Obama. The opportunity is real for a third party to capitalize off of minority displeasure with the Democratic establishment and step in and break the monotony of minority political support.
All things considered, Grand Old Party is on its last legs. Establishment Republicans quiver at the idea of a Trump ticket, and honestly, none of the remaining three choices make them exceptionally happy. The patrons of the Party don't paint a pretty picture for the future either. It is safe to assume that the near-half of American Conservatives are extreme and beyond repair. The only real option is to blow up the ages-old party system that has dominated American politics. The country is long overdue for a political realignment, and that may actually prove to be the remedy for the current state of flux that consumes Washington.