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Don't let me lead anyone to believe that I think I know much about any of this topic of politics. Like many of you I'm just an observer of this whole mess with no direct personal investment in the process. I listened to what the media and the candidates had to say and then I voted. This post is only a matter of my interpretation of what has transpired in the 2012 U.S. elections and what I think it could mean for the future of this country. I hope you will read this, consider what I have said, and give us your thoughts. I hope we can start a dialogue and come to some rational conclusions.
The way I see it the Democratic Party of today is quite a bit different than what it was 50 years ago or so. Not that I've paid that much attention over the years, but I think the Democrats of yesteryear might be a bit confused if they were to suddenly appear on today's scene. There have been big changes in the Dems whereas the Republicans have held a steady mostly focused course since the mid-1800's--Grand Old Party is a fitting title indeed.
Along about the 1970's the Democrats opened a Pandora's Box and started unleashing a whole hodgepodge of issues. It's been a process that has continued until this day. But let me stop and back off of this analogy. After all I'm no big fan of Greek mythology and Greece is no model to emulate seeing as how they have all of the problems they've been having. Instead let me return to my favorite analogy, one that is in a more capitalistic vein--the circus.
Ah yes, the political parties and the elections are like circuses. Just as in the real world of circuses there are many different circuses. For now the main circuses of influence that we will concern ourselves with are the Democrats and the Republicans. And it's starting to look like the Democrats are the greatest show on Earth to borrow the slogan from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, the great American conglomeration of circusdom. The Democrats are poised to become the constant winners in all future U.S. Presidential elections.
Why do I say this? The Democrats have a bigger tent.
The Republicans might be likened to something more of an old-timey mudshow traversing the countryside playing to the crowds who are looking for more traditional fare. They pitch a tiny tent and put on their show with a few clowns, some standard political circus performers all performing variations of the same act, and one old tired elephant. The crowd mostly knows what to expect throughout the performance because there is a predictability and an agreed upon standard of values. The audience consists primarily of hard-working Americans who value independence and would prefer the government to stay out of their business as much as possible.
The Democrats on the other hand pitch a gigantic tent amidst a massive midway. A pompous parade lures their crowds to the celebratory grounds where hot dogs and cotton candy are doled out freely before the big show begins. And that show! What a show it is. Three rings of dazzling displays with action at the tent top and everywhere you look. Everyone is excited with so much going on--so much that no one can take it all in. The audience members keep their eyes on their favorite acts and miss most of the others. The important thing here is that everyone goes away happy because they all got want they wanted. It makes no difference that they didn't see everything in the show. They saw what they came to see and that's what matters to them.
So what am I getting at? You tell me. It's my circus metaphor and I think it makes sense, but then again I wrote it. If I started dissecting this and started getting down to specifics then I might offend somebody. I might make someone mad. I might lose another reader. If I started getting too open and honest then I might start sounding like a Republican--or at least what an unafraid Republican should sound like. But let's face it--honesty and forthrightness can be risky business in our society.
What does the Republican Party need to do to win another U.S. presidential election barring any major missteps on the Democrat side? Do they need a bigger tent? I think that would just make them Democrats. I'd say they need to find more ways to cram more people into that little tent. Republicans will need more numbers to win the next presidential race, but I don't think they need a bigger tent to do that. However if the Republicans don't find a way to outsmart the big tent circus party then we may never see another Republican president.
Do you get what I'm saying? Have I been too ambiguous with my metaphors? Am I right, wrong, or ridiculous? Do we need more influence from other political parties? Anyone want to join the Juggler Party?