The 2016 Election has marked a breaking point. Many members of both major political parties have found their loyalties strained, their sense of purpose clouded. Trapped within a two-party system millions of Americans feel powerless, lost, even abandoned.
I launched PoliticalOrphans after resigning from the Republican Party and ending my blog, GOPLifer.com. Having spent my entire life involved in Republican politics I found myself in a quandary. My conscience would not allow me to continue working in the party, but there was no other credible channel through which to participate in the political system. Our system is built on parties and in its present configuration, it will only allow two to survive at any one time.
What should I and millions of other Americans do when we find ourselves hopelessly alienated from both major political parties? I don’t know.
A time in the wilderness is a metaphor for rebirth, redemption and vision. Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, and Apostle Paul all found that their first step after revelation was a time in the wasteland. Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital in exile. Friedrich Hayek wrote The Road to Serfdom while sheltering from the Nazis in London. Generations of artists, philosophers, poets and political leaders have found their way by wandering off the edge of the map.
Welcome to the edge of the map.
Here you’ll find my blog posts along with occasional contributions from friends. A few veterans of the old GOPLifer project have joined me here to host a forum, Off Topic. Registered members can create groups and share messages. There is also a Facebook presence for the blog here, and I’ll be tweeting under my own name, @ChrisALadd. Through this platform we can wander together as political orphans, looking for a new home.