Sunday, October 7, 2007

Lincoln Was The First Republican President.

......will Bush be the last?

It would be reason for great celebration if both national parties broke into smaller, more honest entities. Who the hell knows what it means when someone calls himself a Republican? One must wonder: Is he religiously insane, a corporate sociopathic thug of some kind or a garden variety conservative/libertarian.

The Democrats are just as bad. They may be the oldest political party, but they have morphed again and again. I think that is why they can't get their message out now. Do they have one?

As an over-the-hill American who still believes in our founding principles and who also believes that America should be about realizing those principles; manifesting them, right here, and now. Of course, we haven't managed to accomplish this feat yet, but we must never stop trying, let alone declare war on them, as this administration has done.

If the GOP actually implodes in 2008, I'll do my best to see that the Democrats follow shortly. Neither of these political parties have shown that they know what the issues of the masses are let alone are inclined to do anything about any of them other than pay lip service.

They whine about the coming insolvency of social security, yet fail to mention hat it isn't working now. Do you know that there are disabled people in this country who are required to lice n slightly more than $400/month. That's right. I said month, not week

We need several political parties that better reflect what its members really believe when it comes to governance.

The only way to get there is through public financing of campaigns. Why, pray tell, must our campaign for president, in particular, resemble a drunken circus rather than the most important, sober and responsible thing we do, every two years. Less money, less circus. (While we are at it, let's shorten the campaign considerably. Less money, less circus time.)

Who won't be sick and tired of everyone of these candidates for president by the time November 2009 rolls around, even the ones we like might like today?

As with the Republicans, one never knows with whom one is dealing when someone says they are a Democrat. What the hell does that mean, anymore? One must ask oneself, OK, is this a nanny-stater who is more busy trying to save me from myself or who gets it and knows that huge business cannot be left to self-regulate, as they are bottom-lie-feeders, who could care less if your toddler gets led poisoning or your whole family get wiped out by an exploding tire while your gas-guzzling Urban Assault vehicle is clipping down the highway at 80MPH like a fireball straight out of hell?

Is this a Blue-dog Democrat? I'm not sure who these guys are, but I think they are against the war in Iraq or the way it has been prosecuted. Other than that, they are every bit as conservative as their hero, Saint Ronnie.

Is this a cult-of-Clinton Democrat? These people are either mesmerized by the Clintons, for reasons I have yet to figure out or they fondly remember the relative calm, prosperity and peace of the Clinton years after 6 1/2 years of the Bushites, or they would love nothing better than to see Hillary win and jam it down the throats of the miserable Goopers who hate her with a hatefulness I can only term pathological.

I don't concern myself much with the so-called Bush-haters, because I really don't believe there are many of them. Fox Noise would have us believe that there are thousands of psychotic Democrats frothing at their mouths, while trying to scale the wall around the White House grounds, but that is not true. There are millions who despise his policies and to such a degree that they can in no way support them, but not so many can muster the energy to hate George W. Bush. It is a waste of time and energy; hate makes you sick after awhile. It rots your heart.

Then there are the liberal Democrats. They should be in a party by themselves. What in hell do they have in common with the Blue dogs over the long haul. They may agree on Iraq, but that's about it.

I'm not sure what I am anymore, except independent. I came of age at another place in time when we were lied into a war of aggression by a Democrat and kept in that horrid quagmire by the lies of a Republican. The current quagmire will be just the opposite I fear, except worse. Bush got us into it. Is Clinton the Democrats' Richard Nixon; will she keep us in it, while pretending to get out. It won't work, Hillary. There will be too many eyes upon you.

You see, there are very good reasons why I don't trust either of the current major political parties and have remained independent all these years.

October 6, 2007

The Death of a Political Party

By Mike Kuykendall

I have posted a few times on how I believe the Republican party is in dire trouble, and without modifying their base of support, it is possible they could reduce themselves to a minority party for decades to come. That is if they don't disintegrate completely.

As you can expect every post in that vein has drawn freepers out like cockroaches when the lights go out. It infuriates them for me to even hint that the GOP is fallible, much less mortal and thus able to die.

As a history lesson to those who may not have been awake during American Government (for me it was Social Studies) I'd like to present a couple of American political parties that have gone down the same road. Take a look and see if you can catch any similarities between the demise of these parties and current goings-on;

Federalist Party- Formed by Alexander Hamilton and pals, this party started in 1793 and met its end anywhere from 1816 to somewhere in the 1820's, depending on which historian you talk to. In a sense this party died when Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel;

After John Adams, their candidate, was elected president in 1796, the Federalists began to decline. The Federalists' suppression of free speech under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and the assumption of closer relations with Britain instead of France, inflamed Jeffersonian Republicans. In 1801 Jefferson, with Vice President Aaron Burr at his side, assumed the presidency.

The Federalists feared and hated Jefferson, but partly due to infighting, they were never able to organize successful opposition. A last great hope -- that the New England states would secede and form a Federalist nation -- collapsed when Jefferson won a landslide reelection in 1804, thanks to the Louisiana Purchase. Alexander Hamilton was left with little power -- and with no choice but to meet Aaron Burr on the dueling ground in hope of reviving his political career. But Hamilton was doomed, and so was his party. The Federalists would never again rise to power.
Whig Party- Formed to oppose the policies of President Andrew Jackson in 1832, this party lasted until 1856;
In its 26-year existence, the Whig Party saw two of its candidates elected President of the United States—Harrison and Taylor—and saw Harrison die in office. Four months after succeeding Harrison, Whig President John Tyler was expelled from the Party, and Millard Fillmore was the last Whig to hold the nation's highest office.

The party was ultimately destroyed by the question of whether to allow the expansion of slavery to the territories. Deep fissures in the party on this question led the party to run Winfield Scott over its own incumbent President Fillmore in the U.S. presidential election of 1852. The Whig Party never elected another President. Its leaders quit politics (as Lincoln did temporarily) or changed parties. The voter base defected to the Republican Party, various coalition parties in some states, and to the Democratic Party.

The main similarities here are elitist parties suffering after huge nationalized failures (pushing secession to avoid Jefferson or trying to expand slavery.) Not too different than driving the country over a cliff following ephemeral and constantly shifting policies justifying the war in Iraq, or any of the other issues the Bush administration has been pushing.

One thing to remember after today's history lesson; even political parties don't last forever. Well, strike that- maybe some do (emphasis mine);
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. It is the oldest active political party in the world today.
The party of Jefferson, formed in 1792, carries on today fighting for the rights of everyday people. Any other interest is transitory; only progressive movements will stand the test of time.

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Authors Bio: Mike Kuykendall is a progressive, patriotic veteran of the U.S. Air Force, fighting hard to save our democracy.

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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.

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