America’s 5 Political Parties
It would seem that the United States has a five-party system right now. What was done in Iowa last Tuesday could unravel in New Hampshire, but whatever happens next, the United States is more politically fractured than it has been in decades.Iowa is the beginning but has never been the bellwether of presidential campaigns. Too white, too rural, only 5.7 percent unemployment, and all that. But hard ideological lines shone through the Iowa results, even if the state had caucuses rather than an all-out primary, which means most of the folks who showed up were not only ordinary American citizens but also activists to some degree.So this is the American political landscape at the moment: Moderate to liberal Democrats, led by a president tangled in a country still unable to provide jobs for many of its people. Read Barack Obama. Liberal Democrats, who believe the president is too moderate and too willing to compromise with an intractable Republican opposition. Read Matt Damon and other celebrities who think life is a movie with a happy ending. Semi-moderate Republicans, looking for a candidate with a chance to defeat Obama in November. Read Mitt Romney. Socially conservative Republicans, interested in only two pieces of literature — the Bible and the Constitution, though they understand neither. Read Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. Libertarian Republicans, who deeply believe the less government the better, and that includes isolationism. Read, of course, Ron Paul.
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