Thursday, June 01, 2006

A Third Party?

Peggy Noonan discusses the possibility of a viable third party:

On the ground in America, people worry terribly--really, there are people who actually worry about it every day--about endless, weird, gushing government spending. But in Washington, those in power--Republicans and Democrats--stand arm in arm as they spend and spend. (Part of the reason is that they think they can buy off your unhappiness one way or another. After all, it's worked in the past. A hunch: It's not going to work forever or much longer. They've really run that trick into the ground.)

On the ground in America, regular people worry about the changes wrought by the biggest wave of immigration in our history, much of it illegal and therefore wholly connected to the needs of the immigrant and wholly unconnected to the agreed-upon needs of our nation. Americans worry about the myriad implications of the collapse of the American border. But Washington doesn't. Democrat Ted Kennedy and Republican George W. Bush see things pretty much eye to eye. They are going to educate the American people out of their low concerns.

There is a widespread sense in America--a conviction, actually--that we are not safe in the age of terror. That the port, the local power plant, even the local school, are not protected. Is Washington worried about this? Not so you'd notice. They're only worried about seeming unconcerned.

Your thoughts?

3 Comments:

At 2:32 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

The problem with the idea of the Third Party is how to craft a viable one without it immediately becoming coopted by the established Beltway culture.

I'm not sure how you do that.

But it's obvious to me that our two-party system has effectively, if not literally, melded into one enormous, unwieldy machine.

How to save it without breaking it?

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I don't think that we can save it without it breaking under its own weight first.

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

I love this part, by the way:

On the ground in America, people worry terribly--really, there are people who actually worry about it every day--about endless, weird, gushing government spending.

REALLY? Every day? You mean to say that people actually care that the gov't. spends our money like a drunken sailor on shore-leave?

I'm SHOCKED.**














**(is not actually shocked)

 

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