The big difference between the Republicans and the Democrats is that at least the Democrats will try and kiss you before they tell you to bend over,
with the Republicans its closer to date rape.
IN all seriousness...The rise of the hard right in the Republican party started with that parties embrace of the dixiecrats who left the Democratic
party over civil rights and desegregation and in the almost 40 years since they have relied on the politics of prejudice and resentment, greed and
selfishness, self-righteousness, and rigid religiousness to garner and keep power. I really have to wonder whether the Republican party could give up
this habit of hostility and renounce the most bigoted and narrow-minded of its base, and still survive at this late date. They really have with the
likes of Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist, Ann Coulter, Micheal Savage and Rush Limbraugh become the attack party and it is truly ugly. That
decent Americans cannot see the vileness at the heart of this type of politics and reject it is beyond me.
To the Democrats credit they saw the wrong inherant in the racism of the south and rejected it. To their discredit, they supported it for almost a
century before doing so. The big "problem" at the root of liberal thought is that it is its nature to try and view things from multiple prespectives
(don't always succeed but still) and as a party of different, often at odds, factions, the Democrat/liberal voice changes based on who is speaking.
So the voice of a Joe Liberman democrat is totally different than the voice of a Jesse Jackson democrat. Trouble is that varied and varying voice
makes it look like they are wishy washy. BUT despite the various voices, the core thing that connects them is variety itself and knowing that it is at
its very heart, truly American.
People forget that liberalism is not monolithic. There are liberal Democrats for sure, but until they were forced out by the hard right, there were
liberal Republicans as well. Odd to say but given the current climate in the party, Nixon would be considered too liberal by many on the right today.
When the hard right began their attacks on the left/liberals and democrats in ernest, in the late 70's early 80's the Democrats pretty much ignored
the attacks well into the 90's when they began a half hearted attempt to fight back but by then the damage had been done....the average voter had
been convinced that liberal/democrat was some kind of dirty word and that despite all evidences to the contrary, their best interests were served by
the Republicans. Al Gore and John Kerry's biggest sins politically were the fact that they did not fight back against the slurs and attacks. instead
they continued the Democrats greatest folly which with the help of the Democratic leadership council, they have instead of standing up for their
values, tried to position themselves as conservative lite when from what I have seen people want a clear choice, and not getting it, vote for the ones
shouting the loudest... i.e. the republicans.
Politics is not a sport for gentlemen... the Queensbury rules do not apply, it is a blood sport and most people instinctively understand that and give
the thumbs up to the most ruthless (up to a point). As it stands both parties offer nothing to the average American and libiterianism is not a viable
What it boils down to is that both parties have so compromised themselves that is could be argued that their continuince will do serious if not
irreparable damage to the country. Indeed I think they already have...as a nation we are more polarized than any other time in our history this side
of the civil war.