Dear Democratic and Republican party officials,

It’s you, not me. In fact, it’s you, not us — not the 54% of Californians ready for a third party. We are all ready to break up with the two-party system. You’re too controlling. You don’t listen to us. You don’t focus on our needs. We should have told you sooner, and frustrated voters should take part of the blame for not demanding a shift to the system. But we can’t bear to go through another election with just the two of you. That’s why more than 10,000 of us have already moved on. We joined the Common Sense Party, a party that will give independent candidates a chance to compete with you. Still, after all we’ve been through, you deserve to know why it is time for us to split.