America's traditional political parties; i.e., the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, have in reality long lost any resemblance to whatever their original and traditional partisan postures and ethics were, notwithstanding that such are still broadcast across the land as cover for what a candidate's real intentions and even history are. But the partisan loyalists, flags a'flyin', can't seem to grasp this; they still loudly cheering their labeled candidates along on as if they represented the ideals of a Roosevelt or a Lincoln.
Then when thinking about it, we could imagine that the person who originally coined the term "party" to describe a group of like political persuasions indeed might have done so with a wry smile expressing not respect but perhaps disdain for such a grouping.
But now it has become so abundantly clear from the TV stages that the even the term "party" is too lofty a label for the flag-waving cheerleaders of their staged idols preaching promises of nirvana to come and even newly invented history, and thus perhaps the coined term "party" should be replaced by something more descriptive in today's reality. And as a matter of fact, we do have a more contemporary and more appropriate term at our disposal -- not the worn-out Democratic and Republican Parties, but the more appropriately labeled Groupies.
Completely impossible pretenders aside, I would suggest that at least for now we recognize four collections of Groupies--well actually perhaps only three, with a fourth of more elevated morality than the other three. And here they are in Groupy code:
(G1) Those individuals seeking financial exploitation or sheer personal power
(G2) Those believing the dodges of that first group
(G3) Those who are born and will die Republican or Democrat because it's tattooed on their brains
(G4) those -- perhaps actually above "groupy" classification -- who see or sense exploitation but are too small in their numbers to have any impact.