A Political Party by Ian Black ’18

Editor’s Note: This piece was written without using the letter ‘e’ a single time.


A nation in its most simplistic form is a group of individuals building a community through public discussion, which allows for criticism and polishing of any policy. In a country with such a colossal population, outwardly unimportant organizations (such as a mosquito control district in Saint Paul) can impact millions. A body skillful at solving any microscopic crisis is critical but as individuals cannot craft an approach to all our minor conflicts, collaboration is vital. Thus, a political party is born.

Any outstanding political party should contain both plain, straightforward wording and thorough drawn-out positions on all topics and affairs. From farming in Bhutan to fishing rights in Cuba, in our global world, odd, confusing, random discords can impact our nation. A ramification of globalization is that an action in any country will signify a shift in national affairs. A political party has to adapt accordingly and adopt plans for both a dubious situation and an ironclad actuality.

A strong political party should not uphold its institutions. As our nation transforms, a party must also transform. Willing to champion transformation, a party may command our national institutions. But a political party of stagnation fails to warrant its own continuation. A party must stand for its nation.

A political party is not a man nor a woman. It is not a sum of its chairman nor a vocalization of a handful of lobbyists. A political party contain a policy that works, not a policy of moral purity or radical-uncompromising convictions. But, a political party is for transporting ways of thinking. A party which abandons its convictions has no grounds to subsist. A harmony among impartiality and foundational morals allows for a flourishing nation and for growth of a way of thinking.

An outstanding political party is a discussion, a position, a vocalization for many, and a way of thinking. Do ours pass?