19th Century Political Factions Return in 21st Century

Before the age of mass media, in the 19th century, political factions were common. Perhaps future historians will look at the Tea Party Republicans and Occupy Wall Street the way we look at Bourbon Democrats; the Mugwumps; and the Know-Nothings. Factions keep coming back, then disappearing. I thought of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) as having... Continue Reading →


Democrats at Low Ebb

The Democratic Party is facing a leadership vacuum. Who are its future leaders? https://democraticgovernors.org/ Discussion on Facebook. Wpost: The Democratic Party "has also been hollowed out in state capitals across the country. Where Democrats held 29 governorships when Obama was inaugurated, they can count only 15 in the wake of Tuesday’s election. In 2017, Republicans... Continue Reading →

Would You Let Your Son Or Daughter Marry One?

Washington Post: In 1960, 5 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats said that they would feel "displeased" if their son or daughter married outside their political party. By 2010, those numbers had reached 49 percent and 33 percent. Republicans have been found to like Democrats less than they like people on welfare or... Continue Reading →

America’s Political Party System Has Been Hacked

The unexpected political events of 2016 may be explained by societal disruptions caused by a combination of new communications technologies (social media, Twitter and reality television), demographic changes (minorities become the majority; white European culture no longer dominates), economic limitations (anxiety that the American Dream is dying for the middle class), disillusionment with economic advancement... Continue Reading →

Perilous Time for Both Political Parties

The primary season now underway will be crucially important for the direction of the U.S. And yet Americans' loyalty to political parties is at historic lows, according to a Gallup survey. A significant majority of Americans -- six in 10 -- say a third party is necessary for adequate representation, according to an earlier Gallup... Continue Reading →

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