The Implosion of the Republican Party (with a loud T bomb).
As the Republican party self-destructs during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, its impact is just beginning to surface while its effects on the Democratic party will be just as profound. The reason lies at the heart of the two party system, the most effective form of government for our historically stable and enduring democracy.
The rationale for our current form of government is based on the premise that majority rule cannot be disputed in a fair election, although defining a fair election can vary depending on the geo-political realities of the time and place.
The assumption goes that fairness can be achieved if both parties are balanced between conservative, moderate and liberals and bipartisanship is not only possible but also the likely outcome of a strong two-party system.
If there are more then two parties, then the likelihood of a clear majority becomes unpredictable and governing with just a plurality turns out to be more problematic. This was seen in 1992 when Bill Clinton ran against Bush and Ross Perot was the third party candidate and he got twenty percent of the popular vote. Clinton won with a 43 percent plurality, then in 1996, Perot again ran as a third party candidate and Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole by another 43 percent plurality.
The importance of winning greater then fifty percent of the popular vote (a majority) is that it defines a clear mandate, but it only accounts for those who actually voted. Hopefully, the one thing that unites both parties in all elections is that they want every eligible citizen to express their constitutional right to vote. Although, in practice, I believe this is an unreal expectation, more of an ideal than a reality.
History is more then just recorded media. On a macro level it is the composite, objective reality, of everything that exists, imprinted on some Master Ledger, within the soul, felt by those who resonate to its clarity and learn from discovering its meaning, or ignored by those who fear what they may discover from an introspective approach. Perhaps the way to get to the truth is to focus on strengthening objectivity. However, the problem with objectivity is that it is hard for someone to be objective about whether he or she is being objective enough.
The reason why Donald Trump is leading in the race for the Republican nomination is because he has polarized the collective anger of the electorate towards Congress’s unwillingness to compromise with a president that has been, at worst, too professorial and never really comfortable with being a down and dirty politician. In addition, the amount of venom and personal attacks he endured from the day he was sworn in does resonate with some latent racism. This will be closely examined by historians in future decades.
Let me state that Trump is not qualified to be elected president. His ability to incite attacks and riots through his rhetoric is a reflection of his super inflated ego and his ineptness at understanding the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. If he were elected, it would be a disastrous state of affairs. In addition, a great deal of controversy has surrounded Senator Bernie Saunders who is an acknowledged democratic socialist and believes in the ideals he sets forth in his agenda. However, unless we have a balanced Congress, his policies are doomed to fail.
The way to find the right balance in Congress to enact change is for the Republican Party to be more inclusive to moderates and liberals – a contrast to the ultra-conservative religious right wing mainstream that currently dominates the party.
Hillary Clinton provides the only combination of legislative and foreign policy experience to get things done in Washington. There is also a vindication to electing the first female president: women got the right to vote in 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, she will preside over the Centennial Anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, an important landmark in political history.