Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been busy with the new dog.
Anyway, I saw an interesting article on something that would have been unfathomable just four years ago: Donald Trump and the G.O.P.: The Party of Lincoln, Reagan and, Perhaps, Extinction. The article provides an interesting history on how the last major political party in the U.S., the Whigs, imploded. It makes the argument that after 162 years of the Republican party, it’s possible that the Republican party will implode after this election.
I know lots of people have called for a system where there’s more than two parties, but I don’t know if our system is equipped for that. The way the Congress and Senate caucus, for example, would seem to make a three or four party system impossible (as it stands, even “independent” congresspeople choose to caucus with either the Democrats or the Republicans). Three parties would be nice, but unless congresspeople were intent on splitting up their own parties, I don’t see the rules changing on this.
But the fall of the Republican party and the rise of a new party would be GREAT. I would love to see a new party stand for fiscal responsibility, better stewardship of the environment, the elimination of race-based preferences, and just plain common-sense thinking. As it stands right now, lots of Trump supporters are supporting him not because he’s a good person or a successful leader, but because they feel the Democrats would be terrible on many issues, including race relations. Sen. Tim Scott, for example, is voting Trump, even though he’s called some of Trump’s statements and actions “disgusting.” Andrew Sabin is an environmentalist who is voting for Trump. Oshay Duke Jackson is voting for Trump. People may find Trump disgusting and inept, but for many, the Democratic Party under Hillary Clinton is worse, especially when it comes to racial relations. Personally, I despise some of the values that have hijacked the Democratic party.
I will vote for Clinton in this election. Trump is a dangerous demogogue who must never hold office. But at the same time, it seems more and more apparent that change will not come from the parties we currently have. The end of the GOP would be a good thing, and hopefully it would make room for something new and better than both of the current parties we have. I would love to see something more inclusive and common-sense. I don’t think that we’ll ever get a party that