National GOP and DLC...
- because the national GOP has been hijacked by a cabal of neo-cons and
religious right and the DLC has it own leftovers from the Scoop
Jackson wing (goodbye Joe Lieberman!) both fueled by corporate money
who play the "house dealer" in a high stakes poker game...the state
party structures of both the RP and DP are ripe for internal reform.
NH is one of the least religious states in the "dis"union so there is
already a very healthy libertarian coalition here probably
strengthened mostly by our historical allegience to local control...it
is actually the religious moralists who are in the minority.
the DP has a big problem nationally because there is still a faction
who is pressing the failed identity politics/centralization of the
past and therefore they are still casting about for a coherent message
that defines the debate on their terms.
there are some rumblings to return to Jeffersonian roots from the
likes of folks like Terry Michael former DNC chair
or Markos Moulitsas (DailyKos blog)
I was a Republican until I left the Army and became disgusted with the
"me, me, me" ethos of the Republican Party. I voted for Bush in 1992,
and never voted Republican again.
And sure, balanced budgets were (and still are) a big part of the
reason I made the switch. But I also switched because of the rising
influence of the Christian Coalition, because of the GOP's tendencies
to meddle in people's private lives, because of its irresponsible
management of our nation's finances, its hostility toward good
government programs, and for its penchant for ideology over reality.
I don't consider myself the Democratic Right, or even center.
Definitely not the party's left flank. (That left-right scale will
never go away, however incapable it is of capturing the nuances of a
person's political leanings.) I consider myself a Libertarian Democrat.
my feeling is that here in NH rather than a complete laissez-faire
attitude on social issues a return to civic republicanism (Republican
Left) is much more viable vision.
also a re-examination of what laissez-faire really means for the
economics sphere is sorely needed.
BillG (not Gates)
DFC chair, NH