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  •  last 2 realignments from Sides blog, IMO: (1+ / 0-)
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    I posted this over on the Sides Article:
    Great piece here.

    I'd like to take a crack at what I believe to be the last two realignments: 1980 & 1992.

    Reagan - Unleash the Private Sector
    First, there has to be a dramatic and permanent shift in the party coalitions.
    Enter the Religious Right and the Reagan Democrats. Social Conservatives & middle class Suburbanites standing up to meddlesome Government. They are still here, and are still supporters of the Republican Party. Where are they going to go?

    Second, the shift in coalitions needs to usher in an extended period of party control.
    I believe that the Republicans have had quite a bit more control and seeing as how today's serious democrats tend to look like a lot more like George I than Michael Dukakis, I'd say that bolsters the idea that the Republican Party was in control since that time.

    Third, the shift in control needs to bring about a notable shift in policy.
    Smaller Government is Good. Lower Taxes. GDP as health of nation. Deregulate capital. This is our reality today.

    Reagan ushered in a transformational change in our political system. It brought the needs of the Board Room to our kitchen table.

    Clinton - The People's Business
    First, there has to be a dramatic and permanent shift in the party coalitions.
    Enter corporate sponsorship. Rush to the "Center". Swing Voter. Coalitions become us + Independents vs them. Scorched earth ensues.

    Second, the shift in coalitions needs to usher in an extended period of party control.
    While the Democrats didn't maintain significant control, the corporate sponsors sure have. Bill Clinton gave us the "Business of Government", and business is booming. Democrats and Republicans have been captured by corporate sponsors - ideologically and practically. Grow or Die is the party platform.

    Third, the shift in control needs to bring about a notable shift in policy.
    Everything as ROI. The US Post Office should be profitable? Did anybody mention healthy American citizens or public health in the health care debate?

    Government operates in the now and the now is created by corporate. There is no long term vision. There is no attention paid to the past. It's quarterly profits. Grow or Die, and the die is cast.

    We are still operating in this "People's Business" framework with Obama. I do not believe that the parties are in charge at all. I think that corporate sponsors are running the whole shebang. Thinktank, PR Firm, pundit, news stories, elections, lobbying, legislation. Is there anything that is not corporate sponsored in elected government today?

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:35:21 AM PST

    •  Loosening the grip Corporate America has (0+ / 0-)

      on our Government is a change that will take some time and continuing hard work on the part of Progressives.  They have been in control for a very long time and that won't change overnight.  We need to remain engaged in the political process at all levels of government, and we need to get more of the populace involved.  Messaging, marketing, framing, branding, volunteer recruitment, etc., will be key tools in this fight.  Powerful and moneyed groups don't relinquish their power easily or without a fight.  We need to convince people that being active in our Democracy is like breathing, eating, sleeping, being.  The minute we think our work is done, we are done.

      "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

      by helpImdrowning on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:43:33 PM PST

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