After much pondering, Gary Smith favored us with:
I think the problem in a one party system is shown historically. The
South became polarized to the Democratic party in the 1850s, with other
parties being totally squeezed out (Republicans, Whigs, Know-Nothings,
etc). This one party system then allowed a gradual radicalization of the
one system.  Without balance, they ended up driving a wedge between
themselves and the Union (I recognize the Union wasn't perfect, either.
However one didn't see secession efforts by disgruntled states in the
I've been thinking of becoming a Democrat. I can't see a nickle's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans except in their rhetoric. They both vote the same wrong way on the issues that matter to me. And since I never vote for the candidate of either party, why not be a Democrat? Who knows, it might help me get along with Marc. <grin>

Laurie got offended that I used the word "puke." But to
me, that's what her dinner tasted like. --Jack Handy
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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