At Home Politics: Parties May Continue to Shuffle

This election has been full of shut down, close the doors things are really terrible, we’ve been screwed messages. Inspirational, huh? History repeats itself, though today the stage is bigger.

I spent many weekends outside of Youngstown, Ohio in the 1990s and each Sunday Morning a politician named Jim Traficant took over the airwaves. Of course, it took a promo for an NPR report for it to become completely apparent. I spent some time today searching for Traficant on YouTube. There is a three part Donohue episode from 1990 from which you could draw many parallels with the present day.

It may not be lost on you that Traficant was a Democrat. From what I have read, Youngstown is still a Democratic stronghold. And it looks like they’re voting Republican this year. Traficant was not a typical Democrat. Much of what he was saying then, we’re hearing today. It often comes across in style as much as politics. Shut the border, punch someone in the mouth, bring the jobs back to America. Watch and see for yourself… Of course, the comparisons don’t entirely align with the present.

I am not sure many people today feel entirely at home with their party…

Today things seem upside down. Each of the two major candidates has taken positions that don’t align with their parties, at least as far as my recent memory goes. Moreover, even though it no longer looks as though many red states will go blue this year, the election has shaken things up. Business, particularly big business, is without a party. The pro-business, pro-trade, pro-immigration factions seem to be without a home. It’s not going to remain this way. This is the beginning of significant political shuffling into a political future we may not recognize.

Explaining his previous affiliations, Ronald Reagan once said the Democratic Party left him. I am not sure many people today feel entirely at home with their party at this juncture in our political history. Where we will be in a few years is anyone’s guess.

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