I agree, on the policy level, with so many Democratic issues, like the environment, same-sex marriage, tax cuts, etc. So why haven't I voted (D) in 4 years (I voted for Gore in 2000)? Because they have sold their dignity in return for the short-term benefits of the 19th-century rhetoric of class, race, and gender warfare. What a turn off! I would welcome a third party that offers sound policy without all the leftist nonsense that appeals to rich 19-year-old teen-angsty campus "revolutionaries," and speaks to the voters like the (generally) intelligent people that we are. (By the way, that's another reason I dislike leftism -- one of its fundamental premises is the assumption that "the masses" is big drooling mass of idiots. That's why it so easily turns totalitarian. Leftism --> philosopher-king (rule of the intelligent and qualified) --> benevolent dictatorship --> despotism.)I'm less liberal than Pedro, but he captures many of the reasons I quit the Dems and became a neo-con before the label was invented.
I've long argued that liberals and conservatives agree on goals but not means. But few liberals agree. And, in view of America's winner-takes-all elections, plus the Electoral College, no third party could ever succeed.
Still, Pedro's right about the centrality of the vote. But MaxedOutMama's correct in distaining either Constitutional amendment or referendum (referendum--so, you know, "euro"). All that's necessary is returning to the 10th Amendment.
I doubt today's Dems could do it. My hope lies in a transformation of the left to a party that rejects nihilism, distrust of the Constitutional process, post-modernism, intolerance in the name of tolerance, preferring pointless demonstrations while opposing use of force, averting their eyes to fact, ignorance, dogmatic secularism, prejudice toward the faithful, paternalism, isolationism--and, most crucially, anti-Americanism. What's the timeline for all that?
SC&A think Boomr's seeking a middle ground. Boomr does turn down the rhetoric and avoids demonization. But discriminating against the faithful isn't the middle. Nor are his mooted restrictions on speech and political campaigns. (Dutch blogger Steeph has similar, concrete, but hugely overbroad, ideas.)
I genuinely believe I, and the majority of my fellow Republicans, are reasonable and moderate. I think the Dems aren't. That doesn't preclude debate. It doesn't imply I'm opposed to change. It does mean I'm unlikely to vote for any third party. And it means I favor the existing Constitutional process--especially against rule by "oligarchy" or "elites."