Below is an edited version of my email response to a friend. He had written that our economic and social ills overwhelmingly were caused by the Republicans. [Parts of this piece didn't copy/paste properly, and I don't have time to correct them. It's all readable.]
You'll never convince me that somehow Repubs are bad and Dems are much, much better. Neither will anyone convince me of the reverse of that. At the highest levels, those old labels don't matter anymore... they all (at the very top) subscribe to the Neoliberal agenda. In developed countries, that agenda is sweeping the world with its Corporatist, Globalist "vision".
Pard, you appear to be completely misunderstanding what I've been saying. Apparently, I haven't made it clear. [All that is no surprise to me because humans are the worst communicators of all species on the planet. We jump to conclusions, assume things not in evidence, fail to fully describe things, etc., etc. Even honeybees communicate better than we do:]
I agree with your "facts" about certain people in politics. What I'm trying to tell you is that, at the highest levels, it doesn't matter anymore if they are Repubs, or Dems, or Druids. The Powers-That-Be don't care if Schumer is a Democrat, or if Ryan is a Republican... all they care about is whether or not those Corporatists support/promote the Neoliberal/Neoconservative, Corporatist, Globalization, Oligarchical agenda. Anyone who doesn't support that agenda either never makes it to the top of the Power Pyramid, or if they do, they are completely marginalized. [Ron Paul & Dennis Kucinich are good examples.] That means, at the highest levels, Parties don't matter anymore. At the top, they're all on the same team. At the level of Main Street, Parties simply are used to distract, divide, & conquer us... and make us think that at the top there are significant differences on issues other than hot-button topics such as gay marriage or abortion. There aren't.
There are little to no differences (at the highest levels) regarding war, the economy/jobs, High Finance and Monetary Policy, privacy & the Surveillance State, free speech, the Fed Reserve, the Police State, socialism for Mega Banks & Mega Insurance Corporations but no one else, USA Hegemony, and Corporatist Globalization.
Those of you who keep working in the old political paradigm are playing right into the hands of the Plutocracy. They want us to fight with each
other. They want us to think "it's the other side's fault".
And that's working great for the Powers (public & private) at the top.
Trump isn't a "Conservative" OR a Republican; he's an apolitical opportunist. He's nothing but a Corporatist. So is Obama, who became
a multi-millionaire while in office. They're both Crony Capitalists.
Neither one of them cares one whit about any political Party.
The Powers-That-Be, regardless of political affiliation, are in a whole
different world than we are...and they don't care about political Parties.
They only care about power, position, money, and their own security.
That's why young, relatively poor men are sent off to war in order to protect the lives & property of the rich old men who started the war for
economic/financial reasons. Parties have nothing to do with it.
While not all Plutocrats are bad apples, their group/Class is ruining this country... primarily via Crony Capitalism. In the first full year after the 2008 Crash, 93% of all wealth in the USA went to the upper one one-hundredth of a percent of our population. That's not Free Market Capitalism, or a Republic, or a Democracy... that's a Plutocracy enabled by Crony Capitalism. Russia has the same system--- the merging of State and Private Power. It's the result of what one author called The Conservative Nanny State. That's welfare for the Super-Rich... at the expense of the rest of us. So far, it has amounted to trillions & trillions of dollars.
Not only my opinion. Be Well