Monday, August 8, 2016
Reject Two-Party Politics in the USA
If ever there was a year to do it, this is the year. Consider the following points.
1. In Modern times, both the Repubs and the Dems each have individually held the majority power more than once. Campaign rhetoric came to nothing in almost all such cases. BOTH Parties have led us to where we are today.
2. Except for a few Hot-Button social issues, the two major Parties pretty much agree on significant issues. For example, they both believe in institutionalized deficit spending. Repubs sometimes claim otherwise, but they've never stopped it. Our National Debt grows every single year...and the principle on the foreign portion of that debt never will be repaid. Another example--- they both believe in an aggressive foreign policy...and using (not just carrying) a Big Stick. Another example--- they both believe in economically favoring Wall Street Banks over Main Street citizens. Anyone who doesn't see that is not paying attention. Another example--- they both believe in Crony Capitalism. Big Money in politics has resulted in Mega Corporate Welfare that far outstrips welfare for common people. There are many more examples, but because of time constraints, I need to keep this relatively short.
3. Both major Parties almost always distract voters from crucial issues and get them to squabble over issues that may be somewhat important, but are not so crucial that they'll result in the downfall of the country if not addressed in a particular manner. For example--- gun control. Whether or not Joe or Jane Doaks can pack a pistol while going into Starbucks is not crucial to the survival of this country. On the other hand, the elimination of Crony Capitalism is crucial to the survival of this country. Another example--- Whether or not Joe and Dan...or Nancy and Jane...can legally marry is not crucial to the survival of this country. On the other hand, the elimination of the aggressive, belligerent use of the military (while violating the Constitution) is crucial to the survival of this country. It's way past time that our Fed Gov't stops acting as though it is the World Police. We have no such authority. According to a worldwide Gallup Poll, 80% of the people in the world believe that the greatest threat to global peace is the Fed Gov't of the USA. [The Corporate Media here managed to suppress that bit of info.]
4. There is no provision in the Constitution that restricts us to only two political Parties. The Repubs and Dems have become dominant primarily by rigging the System. For example, harsh ballot-access laws are written by...guess who?...Repubs & Dems. It's almost impossible for a Third Party to get on the ballot in all fifty States in a national election. Another example--- the Propaganda against Third Party candidates is both rampant and gross.
On a related but different note... if we want to be a truly democratic society, it would be wise to legally alter our "winner-takes-all" electoral system. Many, many developed countries have a system (or something similar) in which a Party winning a percentage of the vote gets that amount of representation in the Gov't. [Even a coalition government is not a political sin, nor is it a bad idea... despite Propaganda to the contrary.] The way it is now, we really have only one major Party--- the Republicrats, or some say, the Demopublicans... and that's the only Party in elected office. It's a genuine political monopoly.
People say Third Parties don't have a chance in hell. That's the Propaganda. As long as voters believe that, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If they no longer accept it as inevitable, then the door is wide open... all things become possible. So, who promotes the no-chance-in-hell idea?... the Republicrats (Demopublicans), of course! They, especially those at the highest levels, want to keep their monopoly.
Not only my opinion. Be Well