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Ok, the Democrats are in trouble because they function as the "Party of Last Resort" for minority causes.

The Republicans are doomed because they are the unholy union of business interests, neocons, and religious conservatives.

And, of course, both parties have sold what's left of their soul to the lobbyists.

So let's imagine that in the wake of the coming debacle in Iraq which leads to a US government default which triggers a global depression, both parties self-destruct. (Debacle, default, depression, destruction -- has a ring to it. :)

During the aftermath, our most sane political leaders come together to form a new party based on centrist principles:

Federalist Government -- let the states and localities do as much as possible. Follow the US Constitution; amend it when necessary.

Individual Freedom -- draft laws which supports these principles while leaving the maximum possible choice in the hands of individuals.

Cultural Neutrality -- eschew all attempts to instruct individual morality and step aside from religious and cultural battles whenever possible.

Fiscal Sanity -- balance the federal budget over any ten year span; encourage US dollar revaluation so as to eliminate trade deficits.

Free Enterprise -- give private (including non-profit, educational, and religious) enterprise as much leeway as possible while protecting worker's rights.

Environmental Stewardship -- protect our children's and grandchildren's natural birthright.

Protection of Citizens -- guarantee basic resources, clean air and water, and fundamental rights for all US citizens. Treat all residents fairly.

Border Security -- protect our citizens from outside threats such as WMD, terrorists, diseases, and illegal immigration by defending our borders and increasing security at home, not by meddling abroad.

International Amity -- cooperate with other nations AS AN EQUAL whenever possible, boycott them when necessary, avoid hostilities.

Democratic Excellence -- encourage democracy in the world by setting the best example at home. Welcome foreign students and leaders.

Post-Superpower -- abandon our former self-appointed role as world protector. (We won't be able to afford it anyway.)

I could go on but you get the idea.

So what do we call the party which would form such a nation?

With a nod to Canada I will kick off the bidding with:

Progressive Conservatives

Inspired by:

“A progressive is a liberal who is not a spendthrift and a conservative who is not callous to the needs of people that only government can provide.”--Ken Artis

(Thanks satiranarchist.)


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