Business as Usual


In order for a democracy to function properly, the individuals embedded within the bureaucracy must be able to make informed, credible decisions and, more importantly, they must be able to compromise.

When FDR brought his ‘New Deal’ to American politics, a new hard left was established. The coalition against it, comprised mostly of southern Republicans, joined together to respond to what they viewed as a threat to their sovereignty. The result of that coalition was a collective Republican shift to the right.

This unilateral change of philosophy continued slowly until the Clinton administration of the ‘90s.

After Clinton’s tenure as president, the gap between the two parties became an impassable canyon that made compromise virtually impossible, leaving no room for moderate views. Republicans blocked any reforms or new laws that it deemed too Democratic, Democrats villainized every word from a Republican mouth. It seemed that without underhanded shenanigans, no legislation would ever be passed.

While the divide is obvious to those inside and outside the scope of American politics, nothing has been done to temper the animosity between the dominant parties. There was no ceasefire between them when we went to war in Iraq, there was no unity during the France or Benghazi attacks. Even 9/11 offered only the bare minimum of amnesty between elephants and the donkeys.

When President Obama brought the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to congress, the Democratic leader was met with aggressive vitriol by Republicans who refused to give him an inch. The result was a Ted Cruz (one of the current leading Republican candidates) filibuster that resulted in the shutdown of secondary government offices throughout the country. 800 000 workers were laid off because the two parties couldn’t agree on something that they had a year to discuss.

The trend continues today.

Ted Cruz is rallying his voter base by claiming that other Grand Old Partiers will work too closely with Democrats.

That’s right, his current platform is actually that our democracy would be too functional.

The Republican congress won’t allow a hearing for, or vote on, an Obama nominee to replace the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, even though the constitution makes it very clear that the president has every right to choose one. They won’t discuss budget plans with the lame duck president, either.

Congress is a kindergarten class. It was Obama’s day for show and tell, but the Republicans brought their toys anyways because they didn’t want to share. The children have driven the teacher mad and now the class is out of control.

The GOP was already falling apart at the seams before real estate Trump became viable, and now that he is, the party is collapsing under his weight.

Establishment supporters are clamoring to stifle Trump’s surge to the front because he doesn’t fit into their corporate scheme.

Democrats are barely any better. Hillary is a Republican in everything but name, and Bernie Sanders is a socialist. A Republican wearing a Democratic sheepskin to pull liberal votes won’t unite the parties, and neither will an extremist from the far left who would be better suited running for Canadian office.

With my extensive military and troubleshooting experience, I bring to the table something that no other candidate possesses; leadership and teamwork. The mainstream candidates, even the ones who don’t snuggly fit into a presidential stereotype, are more of the same. Voting for Art Drew is voting for something different – a candidate who will have the parties working together like they used to. Voting for Art Drew is voting for an administration that will bring a tangible, and relevant change.