two party system
For the last several months, two storylines about the presidential election have begun to emerge. The first is that both the Democratic and Republican Party are in crisis.The second story is much more specific to 2016 and is the notion that the election system is somehow rigged.
There is, of course, nothing in the Constitution that forbids the creation of political parties, and in fact the First Amendment rights of association gives parties the right to make their own rules for how it selects a nominee.
Are we witnessing the end of the Republican Party? That's a pretty stunning question to ask, but we're living through a pretty stunning presidential nomination fight, so it can no longer be avoided or ignored.
We're not stupid. There's a sense that the system is broken, because it is. The media decry our lack of engagement in the political process, and the political party leaders sigh at the apparent collective indifference to their pleas for higher voter turnout. But to what end?
Now, with a Congress fully in the hands of a Republican Party increasingly dominated by its right wing, he can make all the ringing proclamations he wants to about taxing the rich to help the middle class.
Voter suppression cost the Democrats some votes, but not nearly as many as their failure to be a true progressive alternative did.
Occupy Wall Street and U.S. Uncut announced that founding members of those groups would be launching The After Party on May 2. As of the announcement, The After Party's website was already up, with a powerful Manifesto and appealing Platform.