American political parties have been around for almost 240 years now. The list includes: democrat, republican, federalist, toleration, national republican, anti masonic, nullifier, whig, liberty, law and order, american republican, free soil, anti-nebraska, american, opposition, constitutional union, unconditional union, national union, readjuster, people’s party of utah, liberal, liberal republican, greenback, socialist labor party of america, anti-monopoly, people’s party, silver, national democratic, silver republcan, social democratic, home rule party of hawaii, socialist party of america, independence, progressive party, national woman’s, non-partisan, farmer-labor, proletarian party of america, puerto rican nationalist party, progressive, communist league of America, American workers party, workers party of the United States, union, american labor, American first, states’ right democratic, vegetarian, constitution, american nazi, puerto rican socialist party, mississippi freedom democratic party, black panther, patriot, youth interational, communist workers, united citizens, the american party, Raza unida party, people’s party, new union party, us labor party, concerned citizens party, citizens party, new alliance party, populist party, looking back party, republican moderate party of Alaska, independent party of utah, a connecticut party, new party, natural law, American falangist party, labor party, aloha aina, marijuana reform, southern, veterens, christian freedom, personal choice, populist party of maryland, moderate, florida whig, boston tea party, connecticut for leiberman, independence party of america, America populist party…..this is not even an exhaustive list (it is close though, source via Wikipedia). What will be the next emerging party that isn’t tied to the Republican or Democratic conventions?
After all that blogging about politics – I want to highlight one of the most amazing places on earth – the Oregon coast. As a little kid my family took many trips up to go camping and see the wilderness. There are so many unique fishing villages and towns with some of the wildest and rugged coast. City life just doesn’t have the peace and serenity that the wilderness can provide. I am thankful that we have not urbanized and developed all of the west.
As the Republican and Democratic caucuses gear up and cast votes, the Presidential race is starting to look like a test of the American public. A social experiment of values: progressive candidate vs traditional. My vote has not been cast yet, but it looks like much of the Republican party is radicalizing around freedom of speech – the offensive type, and, the Democratic Party, a progressive stance of women/social achievement. While I would prefer a safer option for the GOP and a less progressive stance from the Democrats, this race is exposing some deep seated scars that the United States has hid for years – e.g. a k k k rally in Orange County, Mexican/American relations, woman’s equality, Hollywood’s influence on everything, toupees, and more. While these issues have been dealt with through the years, it looks like there is some troweling that will bring these items to light again. In the meantime, the U.S. still has not fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, which leaves the next President having to build on a steady but not solid foundation. How will this change the dynamics of our international relations – the two candidates will have heavy influence on trade, embargoes, travel, currency value, even the amount of respect the highest political office in the world has.