Just the other day I tuned into some discussion amongst pundits about the two major party candidates and it struck me – why do they, and we the people, accept such poor choices from the two major parties time and time again? Their discussion, given that perspective, was worse than academic – it detracted from the stark reality we’ve been experiencing for quite some time now – CLEARLY, the emperors have no clothes, although they still try and make us believe they do. For those who have known and experienced true leadership, you must know that there is a selflessness about it. True leaders speak in terms of us, we, our team, our mission. They often swallow their own egos – that is the “zen” of true leadership. What we get from the two major parties is often quite the opposite – short-sighted individuals pursuing nothing but their own self-interest, their quest for financial security, or fulfillment of their egos. They say anything to us that forwards their personal goals, knowing full well they won’t be accountable in the future. This is exacerbated by the demographics of our elected representatives, who tend to be predominantly from the “me” generation. For empirical evidence, please take another look at the two major parties candidates for President. Both speak in terms of me and I in their natural state – artificial campaign slogans don’t count in our stark reality check here. So the pundits talk about Don’s ties, or Hillary’s insular control of the press, as the raw truth is hard for them, and us, to accept. We have been, and continue, to be given exceptionally poor choices which end up being leaders-in-name only. How many times have we heard “ they all become the same once elected”? Indeed, myopic self-interest is remarkably similar even across many actors or even now, between these two major parties. They look all the same. When will we the people move beyond this state of denial and realize that the two major parties have outlived their usefulness? When will the press finally question all their assumptions and start to move us to that truth and reality? Why has it taken so long to see the truth? It should be VERY CLEAR to all on November 8th, the best candidates are not the ones the party controlled system has produced. And, unfortunately, they never will be. The time is now to start to dismantle the “castle walls” the two majors have elected and let competition of ideas, instead of the almighty dollar, be our primary tool of governance and protection of our beloved Republic. Our Republic needs true selfless leaders. "Party" is NOT part of that equation.