The future vitality of the U.S. democratic system of government and quality of our public policies should be based on broadening the array of ideas presidential candidates from both parties and the public can evaluate, debate, and ultimately base their political decisions.
So Democrats may have to come up with a new narrative. They can not flourish by promising to be the party that raises taxes and makes cuts to popular programs, even if they succeed in inheriting the Republican's former mantle as the party of fiscal responsibility.
Is Capitalism at fault, a flawed economic system? No. The problem is the way people use the free market, a system that readily responds to the compulsive appetite of greed. Without government imposed regulations we run amok.
If you want to make money in the stock market, buy low and sell high. If you want to get and hold elective office in two-party America, secure your base in the primary and win the middle in the general.
In 1928, the Republicans promised Hoover's victory would assure the prosperity of "a chicken in every pot." This week, the GOP proffered a similar pledge to America: instead of a "chicken in every pot" they're pledging a salmonella-poisoned egg.