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  •  The Republican Party won't die (0+ / 0-)

    until it is replaced by something else - or some combination of alternatives that its various constituencies dissolve into.  That won't happen by itself, because the money that drives it is by nature extremely patient - the rich have that luxury, as they have all other luxuries.  They can spend decades persistently eroding the economic foundations of society while America sleeps or occasionally fights back with feeble half-measures.  

    In fact, not only will it not die unless the money is firmly separated from the racist/theocracy base, it can come back resurgent at any time.  That's the nature of an infection or a cancer, which is the best possible analogy for right-wing politics in America - it finds the cracks in our attention and seeps through like some toxic primordial ooze.  Basically, we have to engineer the dissolution of the Republican Party into separate political entities.

    This is a tall order, and not likely to occur with any help from elected Democrats - they benefit too much from having the constant threat of the GOP to wave in front of voters.

    In Roviet Union, money spends YOU!

    by Troubadour on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:32:34 AM PST

    •  So True (0+ / 0-)

      Everything you say is so true.  It will simply turn into something else.  But I'm all for a multiple party system and have been for a long time.  I believe that the Independent Party spawned by Ross Perot had validity, it just lacked leadership and faded away.   Such is what is happening to the GOP currently.  I don't see a heroic leader stepping up to the plate either.  Their too afraid of the radical right wing base of the party.  Real Leaders don't operate from a position of fear.  The operate from a position of principle.  As long as your position is reflective of what the American people want, you can grow.  But when it is in direct opposition, when it refuses to acknowledge reality, as long as it plays the role of critical parent over control of our economy, they are playing a losing strategy.   If they keep playing the same game over and over without changing/evolving, then they are dead....we're just waiting for their heart to stop beating.

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      by pollchecker on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:43:51 AM PST

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      •  Multiple parties are not inherently better (0+ / 0-)

        than two parties - it just externalizes coalition-building that normally occurs within each party during primaries.  And let's not forget the multi-party politics that allowed the Nazis to get into power in the Weimar Republic by manipulating stronger parties - in other words, multiparty democracy is not inherently more representative than our system, it's just more explicit.

        That said, it would be better for America if the GOP were divided and the Democratic Party were not.

        In Roviet Union, money spends YOU!

        by Troubadour on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:48:12 AM PST

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        •  Yes I get it (1+ / 0-)
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          But in our society, we always use a third party to mediate differences especially when those differences are so inherently polarizing.  
          Also, we have a system called the electoral college which was created to prevent extremism from prevailing as it has in past societies to which you refer.  
          I think a 3 party system would greatly benefit our Congress and I'm happy to see 2 independent Senators and would love to see some independent Congressional Candidates.  
          the problem is again leadership.  

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          by pollchecker on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:54:24 AM PST

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