Originally posted by Soothfast
I think a two-party system is almost as bad as a one-party system. But a multi-party system, where coalitions are formed and cooperation is more essential -- that seems more ideal.
We already have that.
The Republican coalition is comprised of fiscal conservatives, anti-tax folks, anti-abortion/pro-life, big corporate interests, pro-gun folks, pro-defense, and probably some white supremacists. There's really not too much crossover from one group to the next. I, for example, possessing an enlightened mind, am a fiscal conservative and a gun nut. I don't care about the other groups. But I find common cause with them (except for white supremacists - not cool under any circumstance. Those POS's can best serve America by tying a cinder block around their neck and jumping off the nearest bridge). For a single reason, which I'll get into in a minute.
The Democrat coalition is comprised of redistributionists, anti-defense, pro-choice, gun control, big government interests, and the hyphenated American groups. Again - not too much crossover, but they make common cause.
So we have coalitions. And I'm here to tell you, I don't like every part of the Republican party. I don't think that troglodytes like Todd Akin should be injecting themselves into a woman's health choices. We probably spend too much on defense, but that's a leftover from Europeans being unable or unwilling to protect themselves. We'll fix that.
But I don't like the Democrat party either. They want to take the money I earn and create this impossible utopian society. You people don't understand human nature. We are what we are: a warlike species. Republican pro-lifers feel morally superior, Democrat everybodys feel morally superior. I'm a Republican because a) we at least pretend that we're about personal responsibility and accountability, and b) I feel like there's a larger ion of the Republican party that will keep its hands out of my pockets.