At the end of the classic movie, The Magnificent 7, the late Yul Brynner laments that we always lose, it's the farmers that win. That's very profound, it can also be said, that it is never the extremists of either party that get their way but those, unspoken and unseen voters who see though the manure and craziness and sensibly vote for what is right. Frankly, that is the only force that has kept this country viable for decades.
In spite of conservative pundits claiming the dollar will go to zero, it has never been stronger. The stock market continues its "Bull" ride upward. Both gold and silver are rapidly sliding to lower more sensible levels, in spite of the hoopla by Obama haters that gold was heading to $5,000.00 an ounce. I am not making this up; just follow the markets. I continue to bet on the markets and I have the profits to prove it.
Both Democrat and Republican parties have "life support" problems. Supporters don't trust them. Extremists are ruling the day in both parties and the result is a growing number of independent voters. I am one of them. Both parties need to move toward the center and advocate for sanity. The Republicans are in much worse shape than the Democrats but neither has bragging rights.
The first order of the day for Republicans, and it is a painful one, is to send the Tea Party and the religious right-wing packing. It will be costly but it will allow the party to regroup with sensible moderates that will find acceptance with the independent voter. No politician will win important elections in the future without the independent voter.
The Democrats have to return to their basic ideals understanding and supporting the importance of the balance between necessary government services and the partnership with the private sector. Both are needed to sustain a growing middle class. Slashing government jobs is not the way to improve spending and reduce unemployment. The private sector can only do so much to hold the economy together.
That's a formula that has worked and should not be abandoned. I call this part one of Yacht's rule for this country to get beyond gridlock. Stay tuned!