The Democratic-Republican Party was the second party of the United States and is considered defunct as of 1824. However, given the current state of affairs in the US Government, many Americans consider the current “two” parties to actually be one. Hence, instead of there being a Democratic Party and a Republican Party, we are actually governed by the Democratic-Republican Party.
Granted the two parties run against each other, but in the end, they both have basically the same goal. The goal is to create a stratified social arrangement where people in the political class have special privilege. The two parties push this agenda in different ways, but their end game is the same. People in both parties either are not concerned about the status of the country as a whole or believe that their having increased control is the best outcome for the country.
Democrats work to build this social arrangement by segmenting people and pitting each segment against either another segment, the Republicans, or the country. Blacks are told that this country is too racist to allow them to achieve on their own. Hispanics are targeted with messages that Republicans want to export them, regardless of their citizen status. The LGBT community is told that the country believes that they should be scorned and derided by not allowing them to have equal rights as other citizens. Other groups are similarly targeted.
Republicans attempt to build this social arrangement in a different way. They campaign against issues and then “cave” to Democrats once they are in office. They campaign against illegal immigration, but then take no action once in government. This provides a significant underclass of uneducated workers which provides cheap labor but primarily seeds the creation of a classed society in the United States. They campaign about reducing the size of government, but then push forward government expansion measures under the guise of national security.
Both parties rail against corporate welfare, however, that is where their power really lies. The ability of the federal government to provide favors or exemptions to restrictive laws and regulations is the ultimate power that they crave. They’ll even couch this ability as nuance that is needed. Of course, this nuance can only be applied correctly by the best and brightest in our country. Whether it be restrictive water regulations or particular tax exceptions, the political class gains personally and financially by being able to judiciously give their blessings.
Along the way, these two parties have implemented restrictions at every political level to make it harder for a non-establishment party to gain political power. To run as a Democratic or Republican candidate requires satisfying one set of rules, but to run as an independent or other non-establishment party requires jumping over even higher hurdles. So while the parties talk as if they are opposition, they have worked collusively for many years to work towards their shared goal.
Current evidence of this attitude in the Republican Party can be found in the discussions regarding the potential of a Trump candidacy. The party is actively discussing and acting in ways to create a situation where the party can “rescue” the nomination process. It’s telling that the party has become so arrogant that these discussions are no longer ‘back-room’ discussions. They are more concerned about losing control of their party than losing to their partners (the Democrats). With their stranglehold on political competition intact, they are comfortable openly showing this contempt.