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[EDITOR’S NOTE: Martin Eubanks spent three decades as South Carolina Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture before retiring last spring. Now he’s ready to take the gloves off. As Southeast Produce Weekly begins its third year, we remind you we readily welcome guest articles and opinions — click here to send ideas or submissions)

Martin Eubanks

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a social media rampage calling for a real third party after watching the chaos we now call government leadership in the Good Old U.S.A. I believe Middle America is losing our voice to radicals with Socialist ideas who choose to destroy you if you disagree with them.

I do not believe that the fractured Republican Party stood with the President his first two years in office when they had control of the White House, Senate, and House.

I believe the Democratic Party in general will not support the President and that policy has now become to hate Trump more than doing their jobs.

In short, everyday Americans are not being served by those we elected, have not been for many years, and serious issues and policy go unresolved due to party line politics.

Where Are The 80%?

Funny thing though, this President is making things happen without full support of either party. You may not like him. You may hate him. You may love him or be somewhere in between. Regardless, he is a bulldog and relentless in his efforts. We are enjoying success in our country due to his efforts and he deserves some credit. Congress? Not so much. Now is the time for both sides of the aisle to step up and deal with major policy issues that have gone unresolved for far too long and to act on behalf of the middle.

Does the current minority speak for you? I believe the far left represents maybe 10% of the population. I believe the same for the far right. However, they are doing all the yelling and screaming and the will of the middle, as I call it, is not being represented…the other 80%. It is time for the other 80% to speak up…and loudly.

I believe the Far Left is going to go even further left and that the Right is not taking their radical ideas and the new face of the Democratic Socialist party seriously. For that matter, what are moderate Democrats in America doing and where do they stand as the party is hijacked? Where is the moderate Republican Party? Perhaps the rise of the Tea Party and Freedom Caucus created a divide resulting in an inability to agree on policy within their own party?

Mad As Hell And Not Gonna Take It

There is no middle anymore in national politics. In my opinion, it is not allowed.

I don’t know the answers, but I do know that us in the middle are being “played” by billionaires and lobbyists on both sides of the aisle. That’s you and me in the other 80% folks. One can no longer express an opinion that is moderate without being attacked or for fear that someone will be offended.

Howard Beale from ‘Network’

Have you seen the 1976 movie “Network” starring Peter Finch? His character “Howard Beale” is an ex-TV network anchor who ultimately goes on-air and rants about the system.

It is a great movie and when you watch it you may think, ‘”Wow, this could be tonight’s newsfeed.” As he ends his rant, he says “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”. Further, he tells the viewing audience to raise their windows and shout it at the top of their lungs. Naturally, the voice is heard throughout the country and a new hope is born.

Well folks, I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! I believe the other 80% is too. As the talking heads continue to discuss socialistic rhetoric and other poor ideas while ignoring major issues, we need to stand up and tell them not just no, but Hell No! We need solutions to real problems.

Ignore The Wedgies And Scream Louder

When the right won’t pass any legislation put forth by the left and vice-versa, it’s time for the other 80% to scream louder! Congress keeps chaos churning to keep from having to deal with major issues by using what a friend calls “wedge issues” — guns, abortion, taxes and other hot topic issues — to keep us as separated as possible and to take our focus off the terrible job they are doing.

However, I respect our political process and recognize that whether one is liberal or conservative we all have the right to our opinion. Time was we could agree to disagree and still reach across the aisle and meet somewhere in the middle. At the Federal level this is a system of checks and balances to ensure that the best interest of the country is represented in legislation, not the will of the few, the extremes, or the impressive lobby, that by the way, our fore-fathers never could have imagined. It is why our Republic was founded and the means by which all citizens are represented.

Eubanks proved his political savvy. A UGA grad and fan, he spent 30 years with SC Dept of Ag

Whether you are left of center or right of center you need to speak up or those way OFF center will make decisions that impact your everyday freedoms. The other 80% needs representation in both parties and I fear that the “noise” has become so loud that we are just tuning it out. Is it fear? A thought process that this can never happen here? Have we become a “me-first” country fostering a sense of entitlement? Are we falling into the everyone gets a trophy trap? Or are we just oblivious to how we can make an impact?

Are you in the 80%? Do you believe in government fairness and balance without trampling on our individual rights as provided in the Constitution?

Are There Any Moderates Left In Washington?

Some of the new ideas coming out of D.C. would have government shape your life telling you where you may live, what you may drive, what you may eat, how you may choose to insure yourself, where you may work, and how you can travel throughout our beautiful country. They want to re-write the Constitution. How will this happen? The Government will take care of your needs! But that is grain that has already been processed by the bull — it has been proven many times that government control will not work, and it is time to speak up before we can’t.

It is time for any moderates left in Congress to find the intestinal fortitude to say no to radical ideas from either side and know that the other 80% has their back. If they are not there, we need to elect them. The nonsense of party line politics all the time must go, or we will not survive. The idea that one cannot stand up for what is moral and right must go. The idea that if we disagree, we should just attack instead of listening and communicating must go. We must understand that no one ever gets everything they want — nor should they.

So yes, I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore. I am speaking up to let my views be known. Call your congressional delegation. It’s okay. They work for you. Speak up.

Have doubts? Whatever your politics, liberal or conservative, read the book or watch the movie series Atlas Shrugged, which shows a dystopian United States in which private businesses suffer under increasingly burdensome laws and regulations. We could be facing the storyline right before our very eyes with the direction some wish to take our country. I hope I am wrong and that citizens of all political beliefs fight to ensure that we remain the Republic we know with the rights and freedoms that we enjoy. The foundation and future of our country is at stake whether we agree on all issues or not.

As a friend, Rob Heilig, Jr. stated recently, “We often forget that the left wing and the right wing are attached to the same BIRD”.

Truer words were never spoken, and we will succeed, or we will fail, together as a nation.

The chickens are coming home to roost, and I don’t want the other 80% left to live underneath them. It is time for all Americans to have a serious discussion about serious issues and find solutions. The politicians on either side will listen and turn with the tide, only if we as the other 80% speak up and make our opinions known. If we don’t speak up, we will not like what lands on us from the other 20%.

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