Capturing My Thoughts: Big Tent National Political Parties and Federalism

In response to something CGW wrote on a TDAXP post:

Is “big tent” now an impossibility for any politcal party in America; and, if so, what will be the likely results?

I had this thought:

I am thinking a “Big Tent” national party works better we not so many things are treated as centralized national issues needing a top down/one-sized fits all solutions.

The reverse to this is that a system of strong Federalism (many issues left to the States and locals and citizens themselves) makes for a better environment for national Big Tent parties since much the differences in views would not matter much policy-wise.

So, if somebody thinks Big Tent parties make for a better national government, then they should support Federalism.

I support Federalism.

I would be completely okay with a Third Party to replace either the Dems or Repubs that focused on: Strong Federalism, Anti-Corruption, and Fiscal Responsibility – a Clean-up-the-System” Party.

Note I left out a particular National Security PoV as one of the big three of the party. Party members could call themselves “broomies”.

More to come…

4 Responses

  1. […] Update: Here is a quick hit on Federalism. […]

  2. It’s also a matter of what you’re willing to do to keep the peace under the tent and how long a time-frame you’re aiming for. Example: the lock-step discipline of the Republicans works wonders, but how long can they keep it up and what happens when the discipline fails?

  3. My thought is not to the action of member of a party in congress, but to party as a whole.

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