The Political Parties of To-Day: A Study in Republican and Democratic Politics

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THE POLITICAL PARTIES OF TO-DAY

CHAPTER I
EMPTY BOTTLES

"WHY not scrap them both?" Under this title a wellinformed and popular writer on political questions has discussed the utility of the two great parties in American politics.1 His conclusion, as his title suggests, was decidedly unfavorable to the existing partisan organizations. "The party term Republican," he declared, "isn't definitive any more. It isn't even descriptive. No more so is the party term Democrat. They are labels on empty bottles, signs on untenanted houses, cloaks that cover but do not conceal the skeletons beneath them. No man who is in this Government can give a valid, vital, present-day reason for calling himself a Republican. . . . Nor can any Democrat, either in or out of the Government."

Mr. Blythe is aware, of course, that one will find something that claims to represent Republicanism operating at Washington and elsewhere, and something that claims to represent Democracy. But, he writes, "there are no genuine issues between them, no authentic differences of policy or performance. There is nothing between them save the desire of the Republicans, who are in power, to stay in power, and the desire of the Democrats, who are out of power, to get back in power." What reasons, then,

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Samuel Blythe in the Saturday Eveninq Post, March 25, 1922.

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