Interesting piece in Salon magazine covering some of the history of the 1948-1980 party realignment, and, how it stacks up today. [...] [...] http://www.salon.com/2013/08/31/the_conservative_crackup_how_the_republican_party_lost_its_mind/ The article is not huge, but, I still left most of it out. There are nuances and implications that perhaps not everyone can agree on, but, the history part is something that conservatives and liberals will (mostly) agree on. This part: sounds like another government shutdown coming. And after all, who needs firefighters in the forests and parks, or an Air Traffic Control system?