Interesting topic, interesting viewpoint, good tack. I agree with the idea that the Dems have gone from being the party in power to the opposition party to what I call the "Straw Party" used to identify enemies to abuse and neglect.
Problem is, I'm not sure I want the Democratic Party to dissolve.
Not because I suddenly believe that Abortion should become a rite of passage for our girls to enter into adulthood with. Not because I've learned that the Democratic party has suddenly become the party of stand-ups and that the rest of non-corporatista America is about to learn that truth and line up to join. Not because the democrats suddenly realized that they could make the Republicans a moot party by changing their mind on Abortion.
But because I don't think that a second party could now legally arise in this nation.
Seriously: the way the laws are set up presently make it almost impossible for a third party to make it to the ballot at many places, and unless they receive a certain amount of votes in an election they have to go through the same thing again next time. Makes things hard for a new party to make it, and imagine some single-party state using the rules to make it impossible for an opposition party to even exist.
Anyway, here's a list of possible happenings, as my limited viewpoint lets me see:
- The Democratic Party dissolves, the Republicans Split into Two
- Hoped For: The Christian Right remembers Jesus's teachings, takes on the Democrat's pre-1972 idea of standing up for the little man. While abortion may become illegal, it actually becomes folded in with the idea of caring for
everyone --and the corporatistas become the minority.
- Feared: Corporatistas rule both parties, the question becomes who'll be your God: Jehovah, or Wal-Mart (and be sure you give what both group considers their due, or suffer the consequences).
- Hoped For: New party (somehow) arises, takes on almost all the Democrats and the Republicans who fear the Democrats but not a new party, makes the Corporatistas again the minority force.
- Most Feared: Republicans able to hold down outside dissent, give enough to the Christian right to keep them under control, create a Dictatorship of the Corporate elite
- Hoped For: Democrats start standing up, able to grab another group of voters on board.
- Feared: Democrats stay a straw party, eventually votes are faked so that certain areas are marked for attack and looting by the ruling party.