Lately I've heard a number of liberal pundits and commentators prattle on in what I suppose could be genuine alarm over the state of the Republican party. Its weakness, incoherence and lack of leadership are a threat to our democracy, they tell me. Two viable parties are absolutely necessary to the health of our democracy! Something must be done to save the Republican party, for the sake of the entire union!
So, OK, I believe that a vibrant democracy requires at least two vibrant, viable parties. Fine. But where is it written that one of those parties has to be the Republican party?
I'm willing to believe that the Republican party has been, at times, what it claims to be: a grand old party. It was the party of Lincoln, after all, as its members like to proclaim--the party dedicated to preserving the Republic.
But recently the Republican party has become a scourge to the planet and to most of humanity. Through its disdain for sound environmental practice and the rule of law, it threatens all life in the long term, but in the short term it sacrifices the interests and health of the many in order to advance the prosperity and power of a very small--and unbelievably selfish--minority.
I would like to shake up our democracy with not a two but a THREE party system. There could be a conservative party--meaning the Democrats--and then a party that champions the environment--say, the Green Party--and then a party that champions women, workers and children--say, the Feminist party. (Is there such a thing already? If not, there should be.)
But we don't need a party that champions grumpy old rich white guys who want to make sure they never lose a penny they aren't willing to part with--whales, polar bears, mountaintops in Appalachia and everyone else be damned. They'll even start wars and torture people if necessary in order to protect their wealth and their power.
The world--and our democracy--would be healthier if we got rid of that party.
I would like to see the Republican party shrink to the point where Ralph Nader could drown it in a bathtub. THAT would be good for democracy.
And the fact that the people in power and the people commenting on the people in power can only imagine opposition from the right of the Democratic party and not from the left of it, just shows how conservative, traditional and anti-change these people really are.