Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
reply to post by HunkaHunka
Again are you serious? The GOP should go back to its roots of less government spending, less government fiscal responsibility. Cheney and Bush were
Republicans in name only.
As long as we have two party system there can be no true change.
Death to All political parties!!!!
First off, we have a two-party system because no third party can get its act together, or get the funding it needs to be a true contender, or schmooze
with enough lobbyists to get their "support", or (for the most part) find decent candidates to run. Personally I'd much rather go Green, but the
Green Party doesn't stand a snowball's chance on the national stage and doesn't really try hard enough on local and state levels in most places to
really be a threat to the existing order. The Democrats, therefore, are the best contenders for my vote--because even though they don't fit 100%
with my viewpoints they actually can get elected, which means I have a better chance of seeing the things I think need to be done to make this a
better, stronger, more economically-stable country.
If you want third-party viability you have to get the money out of politics. PERIOD. Publicly-funded elections ONLY, at all levels of government.
If everyone in the game has an equal share to spend, they have to work that much harder for votes, and actually back up their promises with results
once elected. Remove the money, the lobbying, the "campaign contributions" (BRIBES) and elections will become about the merits and faults of the
candidates themselves, rather than who has the best ad coverage in X state.
As far as the "less government spending" thing goes, well, it's been a Republican strategy for 30-some-odd years now that when they take office,
run up huge deficits and increase the national debt, and they do so specifically to make it harder for Democrats to undo the
damage when they inevitably take over again. Don't believe me? Look up David Stockman. These people admit
to it. They run up the debt on
military spending programs that benefit their wealthy buds in the military-industrial complex while cutting funding for key infrastructure like roads,
bridges, etc. and other programs. The result is, these programs fail due to lack of money, and they then hold these failures out to you as examples
of why government doesn't work.
In short, it doesn't work because they deliberately broke it
Even though they admit to this in their writings, and this knowledge can be found by those who really seek it, far too many fall for it. And then
they take Congress again, and scream about "balanced budgets". And when a Democratic President takes them up on balancing said budget, they seek to
destroy him, and once they've re-taken the Presidency it's back to crazy deficits again.
Think I'm lying? Take a good, hard look at the last four administrations and the Legislatures they worked with.
At any rate, the "less government" argument is failing the Republican party as well, because as the 21st Century really gets going more and more
Americans have come to the realization that there's a lot that only
Government can truly be trusted with, or even afford.
"Trust the Markets?" Trusting the markets has resulted in a real
unemployment rate ("official" figures not taking into account those whose
benefits have been used up, or those who are stuck in part-time dead-end positions) somewhere around 12%, maybe 15% or more; 44+ Million Americans
with no health care for themselves or their families; a non-existent manufacturing sector; declination in real wages in relation to inflation for the
vast majority of Americans; the failure of banks due to the removal of regulations and oversight that would have prevented them from taking the
high-risk gambles that have decimated the housing market and destroyed the retirement plans of millions; and thanks to the gutting of the Sherman
Anti-Trust Act those banks were allowed to become so large they could essentially hold our economy hostage and require the taxpayer to bail them out
lest we suffer the consequences of total economic collapse.
Essentially, while both parties are, to some degree, the servants of corporate masters and the mega-rich, the Republicans are more so (at least
publicly). Americans are sick and tired of Corporate America screwing them over, and the fact is that only
a strong federal government can
restore a balance that favors the vast millions of Workers over the tiny handful of Masters.
Capitalism unrestrained is inherently predatory. Only government can protect the average working American from such predation, and the American
people have finally come to that conclusion.
Small government simply does not work anymore. This isn't the 18th or 19th Century. The challenges of the 21st Century are the greatest America,
and mankind, has ever known. Most Americans realize now that they cannot face these challenges alone, that they must depend on each other
survival and success. The base Conservative message of the Republican Party just doesn't fit with this reality. It's a mentality of the past, a
dinosaur trudging through the desert of its own Apocalypse as it waits for its turn to die.