I think the article pretty accurately reflects a growing sentiment. Young Dems are inclined to remain Democrats. The Democrats will likely remain the “statist” party. Those who generally want more government, believe in the collectivist ideal, are for increased centralization, and believe the only way to deal with environmental issues is through federal regulation are unlikely to leave the warm embrace of the Democratic Party anytime soon. It’s a union mentality.
On the other hand the GOP is in serious trouble because American young people, who to a very large degree are inclined to be entrepreneurial, individualist (though communitarian), innovative, and generally anti-state (in many ways) have seen the hypocrisy of the Republicans over the years. How can the “party of small government” be for continuing the war on drugs, against gay people marrying, for on-going adventurism overseas, and earmarks like the $3 billion one Senator McConnell got* in the budget deal?
I am fairly convinced that a pro entrepreneur, pro liberty, pro innovation, pro privacy, anti crony capitalism, extremely transparent party could fairly quickly eclipse the big government people who have been riding high for far too long.
Whether this sort of organization will emerge from the GOP, or from elsewhere is probably the biggest question in American politics today.
(From The USA Today)
Chan thinks neither of the two major parties adequately reflects the views of the American people. She, too, says she would like a third major party to emerge, but she is unsure how three parties would function in the current political system.
“I think what would be most practical would be for the Republican or Democratic Party — but most likely the Republican Party at this point — to adopt more socially liberal views so it would become essentially the libertarian party to go up against a left party,” Chan says.
* That’s the total allocated for the project, an extension of over $2 billion from the original $750 million.