Both Political Parties Are Dysfunctional

Posted on March 20, 2018


The nation’s Founding Fathers had numerous brilliant, innovative ideas for designing our new form of self-government, many of which endure to this day. One of them was a thorough disdain for coarse political parties.

However, the rejection of parties did not last long: Humans, like wolves and whales, have an apparent inmate need to inhabit in packs, pods and political groupings. So here we are about a quarter-millennium later struck with two major political parties, neither of which is functioning very well.

Both U.S. political parties have gone through identity crises and internal turmoil before, though rarely at the same time. The Democratic and Republican parties, the world’s second and third oldest parties, have been amazingly resilient, yes, and loud, political organisms, adaptive and roughly balancing each out.

Like a playground teeter-totter, when one was down, the other was up and ruled as the dominant political grouping until the other provided voters with a more attractive alternative.

Think of the Democrats’ 20-year White House rule under Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S Truman, which ended in 1953, when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower led Republicans out of the political wilderness.

Today there is another element at play, and that is the president who is like no other in American history.

And, the Republican parties’ future may depend on how voters view his performance in and out of office.

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