The other evening I was at a birthday / dinner party. After a few drinks and some cake by the fireside, the conversation turned to politics. It was a bipartisan group in attendance — let me stress that.
The topic? The one thing my own party does that most alienates me as a voter.
Interestingly, both sides agreed on the same thing: dead presidents. Nothing says “I’m a political dinosaur” like someone drawing on the memory of Reagan or Kennedy.
It’s not surprising once one thinks about it.
Parties focused on presidents decades past and generations ago are bound to alienate younger voters.
And they should.
Would anyone go to a doctor who refused to prescribe any treatment or medication that came into being within the last 50 years?
Would anyone do business with a company that only used technology that’s 50 years old?
Would anyone opt to live in a house or drive a car that hasn’t been updated in 50 years?
Society, the world, everything, grows and changes. It’s why we don’t have a king, or slavery, or white male property-owning voters only.
Political ideas and modes of government have to keep pace. They have to stay current and reflect the reality of the times. If they don’t, or worse, people so in love with the past don’t let them, it holds a country back.
I’m not suggesting parties change, just that it’s time to retire them. They’re quaint anachronisms, like typewriters and spinning wheels.
People might choose to indulge in anachronistic political thought for fun and pleasure still, in the privacy of their own homes.
But dated ideas of government are of no use to those whose interests are in accomplishing the task of running a modern country for the benefit of all its citizens.