So, lets for a moment talk about Millard Fillmore. Compromise of 1850 was his baby along with sending Commodore Perry to Japan with a fleet of gunships to tell those Japanese that they did have to trade with us (they really didn't want to...globalization at gunpoint?) . Guy was a Whig, served in the White House from 1950 to 1953.
The odd thing is, the Whig party vanished in 1956 (or so). Fillmore's party self-destructed within three years after being in the White House and in control of Congress. That is something to consider.
Most of this was a setup for the civil war. No, not that the creation of the Republican party was a conscious effort to bring on the war, or that the war was inevitable at that point. It was just that the state of the country's political debate and the polarization of the country needed a new party to continue.
So good old Millard saw the birth of the new party (the GOP) and the death of the party that gave him power. All of this was done while he had fresh memories of the White House food. Both of the paries have had their turns in the White House lately, both parties are increasingly out of touch with the country.
The point of this history refresher is that during times of stress, the political system of our country and our people is capable of dealing with the problems. The parties that we have known and see as near-permanent are not branches of government, they can be changed.
Just remember that the changes might not be in your best interests. I watch the Tea party with avid interest. Having been to a few get-togethers, these folks are mostly pasty-faced white folk who can't seem to get it through their head that the world has moved past them. They are heavily (my estimate is 3/4) weighted to the racist and for the most part educated in a manner that obviously did not cherish freedom of thought as a virtue.
The nature of the Democratic party is equally repugnant. They are disorganized and, at best, venal.
The nature of the remaining Republicans is that of a slut puppy for corporations.
I am not positing that one of the parties will die soon. I do want you to think about what a party should be. And what the political system usually ends up being.
The idea for this article and the quote came from a pretty good read over at the Huffington...