Interesting topic, interesting viewpoint, good tack. I agree with the idea that the Dems have gone from being the party in power to the opposition party to what I call the “Straw Party” used to identify enemies to abuse and neglect.
Problem is, I’m not sure I want the Democratic Party to dissolve.
Not because I suddenly believe that Abortion should become a rite of passage for our girls to enter into adulthood with. Not because I’ve learned that the Democratic party has suddenly become the party of stand-ups and that the rest of non-corporatista America is about to learn that truth and line up to join. Not because the democrats suddenly realized that they could make the Republicans a moot party by changing their mind on Abortion.
But because I don’t think that a second party could now legally arise in this nation.
Seriously: the way the laws are set up presently make it almost impossible for a third party to make it to the ballot at many places, and unless they receive a certain amount of votes in an election they have to go through the same thing again next time. Makes things hard for a new party to make it, and imagine some single-party state using the rules to make it impossible for an opposition party to even exist.
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Anyway, here’s a list of possible happenings, as my limited viewpoint lets me see:
- The Democratic Party dissolves, the Republicans Split into Two
- Hoped For: The Christian Right remembers Jesus’s teachings, takes on the Democrat’s pre-1972 idea of standing up for the little man. While abortion may become illegal, it actually becomes folded in with the idea of caring for everyone and the corporatistas become the minority.
- Feared: Corporatistas rule both parties, the question becomes who’ll be your God: Jehovah, or Wal-Mart (and be sure you give what both group considers their due, or suffer the consequences).
- The Democratic Party Dissolves, Republicans stay as one party
- Hoped For: New party (somehow) arises, takes on almost all the Democrats and the Republicans who fear the Democrats but not a new party, makes the Corporatistas again the minority force.
- Most Feared: Republicans able to hold down outside dissent, give enough to the Christian right to keep them under control, create a Dictatorship of the Corporate elite
- Democrats able to hold together
- Hoped For: Democrats start standing up, able to grab another group of voters on board.
- Feared: Democrats stay a straw party, eventually votes are faked so that certain areas are marked for attack and looting by the ruling party.
Finally: while it may be easier to enter into the Democratic Party and save it from the inside, there may not be enough time. I don’t like the idea of destroying the Democratic Party (why risk letting the Republicans have a chance at creating one-party rule and recreating slavery while they’re at it?) but it may need to be done.