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Apr 23 , 2017 | Posted by: Ronn | 0 Comments

Since the election of Donald Trump as President, labels are meaning less. Both the GOP and the Democrats are struggling to describe themselves, and each side seems to have split their respective parties.
Let's start with the Democrats. Do you define them as a party that puts social rights at the top of the agenda?
Is the most important role of the party to elect candidates who totally believe in abortion rights, gay marriage, recreational marijuana? Are you a voter who considers those views moral imperatives and have no time for people who believe differently?
Or is your definition focused on economic issues like jobs, minimum wage and union representation?
Most likely if you're a Democrat, you believe in both sides. But now in 2017, you essentially have to choose.
Are you more likely to adhere to the advice of the NARAL or the AFL-CIO?
And what about Republicans? Are the concepts of limited government and balanced budgets foremost in your mind?
Or are social issues paramount, including immigration, a strong military and lower taxes?
Here again, your average Republican believes in both sides. That used to be enough; take your pick and run with it.
But not today. Politics has become far more specific. General beliefs have been overtaken by these intra-party conflicts and thus the generic Democrat or Republican finds little support.
Have political parties served their purpose? Are they as outdated as a tape recorder? 
I don't now the answer. I only know the question.

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