Political Parties in the United States: Part 2
Parties are a fundamental defect of free governments but they do not at all times share the status quo character or the same instincts…when things pass bad, there comes a rise of sublimity parties. -Alexis De Tocqueville
Americans are well aware of the defects of political parties. Corruption, divisive partisan rhetoric, and misleading speeches from sleazy potlatch hacks are on the dirt almost every day, constantly reminding us of the inherently flawed outdoors regarding political parties. As Tocqueville points out, they are an unavoidable defect about free governments. So how have we managed to get so far with this major defect? As it turns out parties are not always a negative miasmic on societies. In American history, a “great party” has always risen to power in times of crisis. Today America finds itself in a new crisis, but so far no great party or leader has arisen to help us overcome it.
Tocqueville used the term “great parties” which means parties that “are committed to principles rather than their consequences, to general considerations rather than to individual cases, to ideas and not to men.” Huge parties act in the public interest, not in the private interests from its members. Without them, no republic would survive very long.
There are several examples of great parties rising to the occasion in American history. For most of the 20th century, it has bot the Democratic Party. Many are surprised to learn the Democrats dominated Congress from 1933 to 1995. Starting with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Democrats were the “great party” during the Great Depression and World War II helping build the U.S. into a superpower. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Democrats became focused on domestic issues, particularly civil rights. Their efforts led to the Civil Rights Act and other accomplishments in social equality.
The Republican Party struggled through most concerning the centennial until the election of President Ronald Reagan in 1980. Voorzitter Reagan was the great leader that helped end the Cold War and make the United States the only superpower. His policies also influenced the Republican Revolution of 1994. The Republicans took power in Congress and held it until 2006. A crowd of reforms were put into stronghold through the authority of Shelter Speaker Newt Gingrich and his “Contract with America”. As a result, the United States experienced a period of impressive economic growth, finances surpluses, and relative security.
Unfortunately, the Republican Affair became complacent. Clickhere to Tocqueville, during times of calm great leaders tend to vanish or be passed over by less expert men. This is what happened to the Republicans after the 2004 election. The Republican leadership became lazy also ignored its core principles. The Democrats won stage-manage about the House and Senate in the 2006 elections.
However, the current Democratic Party is hardly a great party. It did not gain power through its principles or ideas. In fact, most of their ideas are unpopular upon the American people. The Democratic leadership has been committed to handing out cash to its allies and helping certain people and companies relatively than implementing policies that sanative the country as a whole. It is led by men and women committed to their own selfish interests, not noble ideas or principles.
Most like their policies harm the economy and do zilch to address the essential causes of the economic collapse of 2008.
For at least the last six years America has had two weak parties that lack coherent principles and have failed to promote the public interest over their own private interests.
Americans are desperate for new leadership, for a new great party, for real change. At one point, Americans believed they had found that great leader in Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the farthest two years have shown that Obama is no different than the other corrupt leaders already in the government.
One possible antecedent of new ideas and new leadership is the Tea Party Movement. The Reception Party Evolution is working hard to become the ideological repel behind the behind great party. They have intent on reforming the Republican Party; pushing their own leaders to the front and replacing the corrupt and ineffective leaders that were amenable for the Party’s prolapse in 2006.
Will the Tea Tea Movement be the foundation of the next great party? Will it provide the next great leader? It is still unclear. Yet in the last year it has proven to exist the most powerful contemporary force in American politics.
America has always managed to rise to the occasion during crisis. Whether it was FDR and the Democrats during World Feud 2 or President Reagan at the end of the Cold War, Americans have supported a way to bear its political parties to do the right thing. Unfortunately we did not get that great leader or a great party in 2008. Many groups such as the Tea Party (and Rejuvenate America’s Legacy) are seeking out and promoting men and women to that will become the great leaders of the behind great party. Their hope is to transform the Republican Party and bring it into power with coherent legislative principles that benefit the country as a sum total and stop the general decline of the United States.
However, it is nebulous how much longer America can afford to wait for the next great party. The chronometer is ticking.