The two American political parties, Republicans and Democrats seem officially committed to suicide. Both parties are separating themselves from the mainstream of their fundamental bases.
The Republicans have drifted far from their true “conservative” past, and from their moneyed base who always held the primacy of social cohesion over ideology. At the same time, the Democrats have rolled the dice, reaching for an aging voter group that supports a retread centrist over a youthful promise of real change. This is after the catastrophe of a president who lied about “hope and change” and ended up giving us just more of the same.
It seems to have passed over the heads of most political pundits that the two leading Republican presidential candidates, Trump and Cruz, are not only despised by the party leadership, but have both been born out of their official pandering to the extremists who vote in their primaries. In the past, those extremists have been compliantly manipulated by Republican politicians for their own ends, but now they see Trump, and to a lesser extent, Cruz, as true standard bearers. The puppeteers in charge have anointed Rubio as the acceptable “moderate,” but “Little Marco” has gained very little traction.
Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is led by the tone-deaf Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who seems tied by the umbilical cord to the Clintons. She is ready to totally ignore the youth and independents who are crying for real hope and change after eight years of hopeless polices by a dedicated Clintonite, Obama. The massive following of Bernie Sanders, who just raised close to $45 million in February from small donors has been rejected by the DNC as a legitimate candidate. To reject the youth and the independent part of the party’s support is to commit hara-kiri for the future.
Hara-kiri by the two political parties that have dominated American politics for over 100 years spells political instability for the long term.