Monday, March 14, 2016

Derb's Four Party System is Missing a Party

Brit immigrant John Derbyshire is a Brit immigrant just like me, and far from being horrified at the Demolition Derby of the 2016 election thus far, he writes that it is "fun." He is right. But then he steps out, and proposes that the current election season has exposed four political parties in America.
It looks to me as though the two-party system has been an illusion. We actually have four parties:
  • The White Gentry Liberal Party, as represented by Bernie Sanders.
  • The party of labor unions and NAMs—that’s Non-Asian Minorities— led by Mrs. Clinton.
  • The Donorist-Capitalist-Neocon party, which rallied behind Jeb Bush and is now staging a desperate, and surely doomed, rearguard action under Marco Rubio.
  • The White Prole Party, under the leadership of Donald Trump.
The first two parties are obvious, because they show the over-under coalition that surely is the Democratic Party. It would be cool if that would break up, but I doubt it. The point is that the government labor unions and the non-Asian minorities need gentry liberal leadership, because they are People of the Subordinate Self.

But when I look at the other two parties, I have to ask: where do I fit in, Derb? Where does a small-government libertarian conservative fit into this matrix?

Let's say that, in the Nineties and the Oughts I followed the neo-con line and accepted the idea of intervening in the Middle East. I'm certainly capitalist, though definitely not crony-capitalist donorist. I'm sympathetic to the sufferings of the white proles, but in my heart I'd like to eviscerate the social insurance programs they support.

Surely there is room for a party in America that stands for people that think of themselves as typical Americans. Yes, of course there must be, and what is more typical than an American-loving, rock-ribbed immigrant like me?

And it's obvious what that party should be called. It should be called the Typical American Party, led by Ted Cruz.

But if, in fact, there are five political parties, then you can see why the Democrats keep coming out on top. They just have to stitch together two factions, and how hard can that be when one faction is the leadership faction and the other is the subordinate faction?

But things are much trickier in the GOP. How do you stitch together the Sea Island folks with the Proles and the typical Americans? It sounds like a challenge to me, because there are two leadership cadres and one subordinate faction.

And, the biggest question of all, can the Sea Islanders and the typicalers bear the humiliation of the Trumped-up schlock  of the Prole faction?

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