Ever since I was a young child I have been a student and a passionate follower of politics.

The give and take the ins and outs the elegant balance of our political system has always fascinated me and has been a source of great intellectual stimulation.

But these days I find that passion is dead or at least seriously reduced.

The Trump Administration is a mind-boggling Trainwreck and I am not sure if most days whether I want to laugh or cry or both at what goes on and what should be the greatest leader in the world.

I can have occasional agreement with their policies but I can never see myself as a supporter of the administration. And at the same time I see no real alternative for me. At one time I was a Republican but today I see myself as an independent open to both parties.

Sadly, I cannot see many places where they are open to me.

There are Republican candidates I could support for president but it is highly unlikely they would challenge the incumbent and if they did they would likely fail.

This is particularly true since the party is increasingly ideological to the point of exclusion.

At the same time when I look at the Democratic Party the message from there seems to be only liberal Progressives allowed. the slightest deviation from the party line or the slightest tolerance for opposing points of view and you’re out.

Part of me wants to just say the hell with it and live my own life hoping it manages to stay together long enough for me to finish my run.

But I can’t do that.

The concept of United States and American Democracy is in my view one of the greatest accomplishments in human history and it must endure.

I only wish there was some way I could see to unite what I believe to be the vast majority of people who feel the way I do and bring about a truly Centrist political reality.

PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor
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