Yes, it has been for some time.
Yes, it will be all in good time.
No, it is just going through a rough patch right now.
No, it is doing just fine.
-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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There should be Instant Runoff Voting
No!! its not dead and these claims that the Dem party is dead now its the GOP is dead are just silly. What is dead about the republican party is the far right agenda...its the same when they said it was the end of the dem party...it was the end of the far left agenda.
American is not either conservative no progressive they are MODERATE and reasonable for the most part. I believed from the day this far right thing gripped the GOP that it would be a fail.
Know what the real shame of all this is to me...WE NEED REFORMS badly and If the Republicans would have just stopped being far right idiots for a few minutes we might have gotten a decent compromise through and made some damn progress...simpson boles variation but at least something going in the right direction...but all they did was stonewall and act like far right nutters JUST LIKE PELOSI and her crew acted like far left nutters and got thrown out of the house...Get it right WE NEED moderation and compromise and nothing less is going to work
The GOP will do what the Democrats did at the end of Segregation, change their platform to change with the times. Their stance on things like gay marriage, church and state, and immigration will almost certainly have to change within the next two decades to keep up with changing demographics. However, politicians win by listening to the constituents, and the GOP will do this if it means victory.
Moderate action is seen as a crutch for both party bases, even though both parties need to rely upon the moderates to make headway. Both want the "real" representatives of their ideologies to step up, and call any who do not fall in line in all matters as fakes.
Moderates/Independents are deeply unsatisfied with politics as a mechanism because it is supposedly soulless and lacking in common sense, though they cannot note how much can go better otherwise. They pull up the moderates as the real soul of the American public, desiring their own opposition force to both parties. I'm not so convinced.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
The republican party I used to identify with is long gone. The demise started around the Gergrich/Starr era.
This new GOP should not last much longer. Soon, I'm certain a "new and improved" GOP will surface much to the dismay of the tea party/Limbaugh types. And out of the ashes a new, stronger GOP will emerge.
We just have to do a little house cleaning and retake and redefine what "conservatism" actually supposed to mean and kick these teabag whackos to the curb.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.