Why Republicans are Still Relevant

Yes, I do think that the Republican Party is going to become increasingly marginalized as the future progresses in its increasingly liberalized direction. The last time the U.S. was considered "progressive" was about the, say, '70s or so; if you consider European governments you'll be amazed to hear what they consider "conservative" (in France, that would be a 40-hour workweek; in Greece, it's probably raising the retirement age to 60). And keep in mind that even Western European countries tend to have reasonably active Communist or Socialist parties.

So we have McCarthyism to thank for our strong reactionary stance on, well, a lot of things--as well as the fact that such a large and diverse population makes it extremely difficult to ignore moderation.

Nevertheless, the way of the future is left. As I've mentioned earlier, I don't think capitalism is sustainable as either an economic or an environmental practice (although the carbon dollar created in the Kyoto Protocol sounds similar, keep in mind that there's no way to increase or decrease the amount in circulation). And, obviously, I'm pro-science with everything that entails; not to mention an overeducated minority.

Why, then, should I care about Republicans?

I recently got around to finishing Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, and one of the big events is the dying throes of the divided Federalist party that served to solidify their opposition, the Democrat-Republicans.

As the Republican party appears more radical (that is, the world becomes more liberal--how this influence will play out in a globalized and wired America I look forward to seeing), people will flock to the Democratic party not because they are so liberal, but because they need an alternative to trends like Sarah Palin (seriously, she's a fucking circus of trends).

So there, guys. Enjoy your place in the future!

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