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November 15, 2010

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Paul

I agree that people tended to vote against rather than for. However, I believe that is in part due to the dilution of the party platforms. Both parties now try to be all things to all people. It use to be that the Republican part was for fiscal responsibility and less government and the Democrats were for a stable social safety net. Now both parties state they the US needs to balance the budget, BUT fund my projects and cut the other persons.

As for the internet, it makes information available to everyone and has probably increased the "life cycle" of a movement. But the problem with the internet and voters, is that most people seem to want someone to tell them how to vote and don't question what has been posted on the internet. If it's in print it must be true. As a society we are losing our ability for critical thinking.

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The US has been a two-party dominated system for quite a long time now (I'm European, so I really don't know how long..), much like it has been in the UK.. Until recently..

All over Europe we have seen fragmentation of voters and new parties arise. We have dealt with an increasingly volatile group of voters of similar size as you describe, in The Netherlands, but it wasn't until Pim Fortuyn took the stand before they landed. Someone killed him and it took another decade (well, close) before Geert Wilders was able to capture this audience. Similar developments have been seen in Sweden and Denmark already sometime ago and Germany is well on it's way (but in denial).

It's probably a matter of time before the same will happen in the US. Whether it will be for the good or not, I don't know. But the time that for "one (or a couple of) size(s) fit(s) all" has been long gone in business, why should it maintain in politics?

JOHN

"In the end, people just want their elected officials to fix the economy and let them get on with their lives."

but isn't this a form of ideological message?

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It would have been all but impossible on the left or the right for so many of these like-minded activists to find one another in such a short space of time; their best potential convener would have been the local party, with its entrenched leadership and arcane rules that seem designed to drive away newcomers. What is new is that the Internet is now helping such like-minded people to quickly find each other and self-organize as activist communities who share a common interest or passion. A reflection on the Mood of the Country is such a nice topic. This blog is full of information. Thank you for sharing.

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