…And no one should be surprised.
A few months ago, I made the case for need for a third party. Others across social media share my opinion on this. There are those feel “it would be more efficient” to reform the party from within than to commit to a new political party.
Recent history says otherwise:
- How quickly people forget about the rise of the Tea Party Movement, which was the pre-cursor to the Alt-Right Movement within the Republican Party during President Obama’s first term. They came about in response to the implosion of the GOP during Bush 43’s 2nd term and the Dems regaining control of the White House and Congress in 2008.
- Oh, how the Dems continue to insist on passing the blame for losing the 2012 election. They had a sure thing with Bernie Sanders but decided to bet everything on an unelectable candidate. It would be fair to say the Dems HANDED the White House to Trump and the GOP. When they pulled out all the stops to prevent Sanders from ever having a chance, that ensured Trump would win the election.
“Reform the Party”, Shaun King keeps saying. Yeah, that was why Bernie Sanders ran as a Democrat and they rejected him outright. “We need someone with REAL ideas”, Liberal Progressives said. “We need someone who can continue Obama’s legacy”, Establishment Dems said. THAT was why the Dems lost the election: They wanted someone who would maintain the status quo. Bernie Sanders ran to force the party to move in a different direction. So, to those of you who said “Sanders supporters need to get over themselves”, now you know how they feel.
…And the GOP is loving it. LOL.
Yes, the GOP is still divided but they are united when and where it counts. They know when to put aside infighting for a mutual benefit. The Dems haven’t had to do that since Reagan and Bush 41 were president (The last time a party controlled the White House for two consecutive presidencies actually). The Dems got lucky in 2004 when then senator Barack Obama spoke at the DNC in Boston. That set the stage for his run four years later and his subsequent two terms as president.
The Democratic Party revealed their true colors in the aftermath of the 2016 Election: Having lost the White House and are now at the mercy of the GOP–and EVERYONE should be concerned Trump supporter or not–the Dems have elected to still tout the same public shaming tactics that ultimately cost them the White House. That’s a waste to even try on the GOP, which doesn’t know the meaning of the word. The Dems had no contingency plan going into the 2016 election if Hillary lost. It was all or nothing as far as they cared.
…The GOP on the other hand did have a backup plan after the 2008 and 2012 elections: Take control of Congress, which they did. Republicans also control all 3 branches of government in all but 4 states. This is why the Dems lost so many seats in the 2010 and 2014 elections in traditionally “Blue” States and the “Battlegound” States: ALL of them have a Republican Governor, Congress and State Supreme Court. If the Dems want to regain power in Washington, they first need to focus on State and Local politics.
Take a look at my own state of Massachusetts. There have only been 2 Democratic Governors over the last 25 years: Mike Dukakis (early 90s) and Deval Patrick (late 2000s). Three Republicans held office on Beacon Hill after Dukakis: The Late Paul Celluci (died 4 years ago from M.S.), Jane Swift (first female MA Governor and the first U.S. Governor to give birth while in office) and of course, former presidental candidate Mitt Romney (also tried running for governor in New York after he left MA). Charlie Baker easily won the 2014 election to replace Deval Patrick (served two terms) and honestly, I don’t even remember who the Dems picks to run against him. I do know and I’m sure Baker knows he won’t get a 2nd term. LOL.
That same year, Massachusetts State Rep Marty Walsh was elected Mayor of Boston. after the late Tom Menino announced he would not be running for re-election. Menino died in 2015 after serving as mayor of Boston for 22 years. You literally had a whole generation who only knew Menino as the mayor of Boston.
Getting back to my original train of thought: The founders of this country actually warned against the dangers of a 2-Party system. There were always at least three parties until just before World War I. The other two most notable parties that no longer exist are the Whig and Federalist parties. This was wav before Perot and Nader championed the Green Party.
The first President, Washington was a Federalist. Federalists championed Checks and Balances. It stands to reason given Washington was the Supreme Commander of the U.S. Army, which fought and defeated what was then without question the most powerful military on earth. Sometime during the 2nd half of the 19th Century they merged with the then emerging Democratic Party. The Whig Party was basically the party for the Upper and High Class. They merged with the Republican Party in the years following the Civil War.
The thing about Donald Trump most Liberals and Democrats don’t care about is even though Conservatives and Republicans know he’s not one of them, he’s said and promised to do alot of things they agree with. THAT is why they’re tolerating him for the time being. As long as that remains true, they could care less about everything else about him. The same can’t be said about most Democrats and Liberals, who like to deflect responsability to everyone but them.
It’s time to bring back a third party. The Democrats and the Republicans are tearing this country apart.