A lot of people think that the Republicans and Democrats are as permanent as Gibraltar. This is untrue. Where are the Whigs? The Federalists? The Jeffersonian Democrats? The Populists? Throughout American history, major parties have risen and fallen. The Republicans of today only date back to the 1850s, and even then they were the liberal party compared to the conservative Democrats. It seems to me like it's about time for another major shift in politics. It should be apperent to everyone who is paying attention that the Republicans are winning in America. Republicans have a clear majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Republican governors control a majority of states, including the four largest, Texas, Florida, and even typically Democratic California and New York. A Republican president was re-elected, despite being wildly unpopular, mainly because no one wanted to vote for the Democrat. The Supreme Court, with the replacement of O'Connor, is now a pretty even split, but that is expected to change, especially if, as if expected, a Republican wins the Presidency in 2008. Combine this with the fact that the Republicans are simply outbreeding the Democrats. On average, Republicans have larger families than Democrats; a natural side-effect of one party "focusing on the family" and courting fecund and non-contraceptive-using religious folk, and the other party embracing abortion. It has been a Republican strategy for years, speculated to have been spear-headed by G.W. Bush himself, to ease up restrictions on Latin immigration, realizing that devout Catholic immigrants will, once they become settled in their new home, likely embrace the religious right and Republicanism. It is a future dominated by Republicans, from this angle. Temper this idea with the notion that fissures seem to be opening within the Republican party itself. There seem to be two camps, a radical, "neo-conservative", uber-Christian group led by our Mr. Bush, and a more moderate, actually conservative, Reagan-esque group, led by good folks like Mr. McCain. So, what is to become of the American system? Poll Coming.