there may be ZERO great principles guiding D. but i can not abide those which guide R: 1. refusal to acknowledge science, esp. the ongoing global pollution catastrophe 2. refusal to accept validity of taxes and regulation 3. refusal to accept separation of church and state
i want this to allow new parties to emerge, but this may be naive. maybe instead, this causes splintering parties, and we end up back where we started in a "two-coalition system", as a fundamental consequence of a majority-vote-rules system.
republicans are the party of hierarchical authoritarianism, democrats are not. it makes republicans stronger despite being (barely) a minority, and it makes democrats the only option that allows for the possibility of incremental change.