Conventional wisdom says that the Republicans will go the way of the Whig party if Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for president.
The Whig party was formed in “opposition to the policies of President Andrew Jackson (in office 1829–37) and his Democratic Party.” They fell apart a short time after as tensions over the expansion of slavery tore the party apart.
I believe that the party that needs to go the way of the Whig party is the Democratic party.
I know, hear me out.
The Republicans represent capital, wealth and power. They’re the business party.
What has changed in this political equation? It’s the Democrats. They no longer represent the people–small farmers or laborers. The Democrats have become the other business party. Hillary Clinton is the ultimate business candidate. She represents capital, wealth and power.
2016 is the most anti-establishment election of my lifetime, and a large part of that is the large segment of Americans who’ve become disenfranchised by this abdication by the Democrats.
There will always be a party that represents capital, wealth and power–a business party. However, there also needs to be a party that represents labor, small farmers and small business owners. The other 85 or 90 percent of the population.
In a strange turn of events, Trump’s nomination as the ultimate anti-establishment candidate could start the process that leads to the destruction of the Republican party, while Clinton’s nomination as the ultimate establishment candidate could lead to the break-up of the Democratic party.
Maybe, if we’re lucky, this election will result in the destruction of both political parties and we can start over.
One can only dream.