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 Democrats at Low Ebb
I try to be empathetic to the dilemma of thoughtful Republicans who are agonizing over voting for Donald Trump and pondering a vote for Hillary Clinton. I respect the principles of those who seek smaller or more decentralized government, low taxes, fewer regulations, smaller deficits, and/or are religiously devout and oppose abortion. I often disagree … Continue reading Holding One’s Nose and Voting Against the Party That Was Your Political Home
The frustrating stalemate between Democrats and Republicans in Congress since 2011, with so little accomplished since then, has led me to think that maybe Parliamentary systems are better, because the coalition in the majority would not dare shut down the government and refuse to pay the nation's bills and endanger the country's credit rating. This … Continue reading Which Is Better: 2 Party Congress or Multi-Party Parliament?
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 Would You Let Your Son Or Daughter Marry One?
The US could break up into a multi-party system, almost a parliamentary system. I don't see that as a solution or a good thing. It would lead to a less stable government, and frequent rule by a minority, not a majority. If the Republican Party breaks up into an anti-immigrant, fundamentalist Christian, economically populist, "fair … Continue reading Historic Shifts or Break-ups of U.S. Political Parties?
This video is going viral in 2016. Forbes explains why. The similarities between 1964 nominee Barry Goldwater and Donald Trump are striking.
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 America’s Political Party System Has Been Hacked