A longtime Republican strategist says what some people are thinking about the Democratic and Republican parties: They’ve outlived their usefulness. Mary Matalin – who recently registered as a Libertarian – says that “the two-party system is ready to fall.”
Here are some of her comments in a National Review editorial:
“What I clearly remember is why I became a Republican after (proudly) growing up as a working-class heartland Democrat: With the ascent of Goldwater and Reagan, the GOP embraced merit-based equal opportunity for every individual, while the party of the immigrant ancestors evolved into a vehicle for promoting equal outcomes for unequal and.or arbitrary inputs as determined by some always-changing (and never quite sensible) group-think process.
“But after decades as a Republican, I’m supporting Austin Petersen for the Libertarian party nomination, and for president of the United States.
“Frustration, fear and impatience with the GOP’s evolution away from the provably productive principles that attracted so many Baby Boomers is quantifiable across the conservative spectrum. Equally un-amused are mainstream Democrats whose party has fundamentally transformed into a failing, anachronistic, divisive throwback to a Wilsonian Utopian Technocracy.
“Those left behind by their respective political parties have, to date, only been able to manifest their protest to this betrayal in the hardly impactful act of re-registering as independents.
“The opportunity is ripe for a grass-roots political revolt that can overturn the two-party system. The allegiance of mainstream conservatives to the GOP, particularly the Goldwater/Reagan Republicans outside the East Coast, was never to a party or person (including Goldwater and Reagan), but always to the constitutional principles of limited government, enumerated and separated powers, checks and balances, and – most importantly – the unassailability of individual rights owing to their origin in the Creator.”
We agree with Mary Matalin that the two-party system appears ready to collapse. But we aren’t sure if the Libertarian party (or another political party) will take its place. The United States is in uncharted economic, financial and political waters and has never been more deeply divided in more than a century – maybe since the Civil War.
Do you agree with Mary Matalin that the two-party political system is on borrowed time?
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