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  •  Until very recently, the New Democratic Party (0+ / 0-)

    was just an "alternative" party in Canada.

    They're now the Opposition, and they've pretty much replaced the Liberal party.

    They'll produce the next Left Government as by far the senior partner with the Liberals.

    "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

    by JesseCW on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:46:18 AM PST

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    •  The key phrase in your comment is (0+ / 0-)
      replaced the Liberal party
      (emphasis mine).

      I never said that we were fated to always have the presently constituted Democratic and Republican Parties. What's more, I fervently hope that is not the case, and that a major change in party alignment comes asap. I've been anticipating this since W. was still in office.

      But when that change is over, what I expect to see is one party composed of the moderates sane among the present day Republican Party and the conservatives among the present-day Democratic Party, and a second party composed of the remaining moderates and liberals in the present-day Democratic Party. I'd be thrilled if that "New Democratic Party" were liberal enough to attract healthy fractions of Greens, or whatever other left-leaning splinter parties are out there, and equally thrilled if the "New Republican Party" marginalized the teabaggers, Paulites and other crackpots in their ranks as effectively as they did back in the late 50's 60's and 70's. In other words, a wholesale shift of the ideological spectrum to the left, and closer to where the people of the US actually are.

      But it's still going to end up two parties, because the structure of the government pushes it there.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:39:22 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, I was kind of expecting that. Some people (0+ / 0-)

        simply can't admit they're wrong.

        "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

        by JesseCW on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:08:27 PM PST

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        •  Just looking at the entire history of the US. (0+ / 0-)

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:02:58 AM PST

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