Welcome back to the favorite place of Independent Voters, Balladeer’s Blog, the only site on the web that is truly nonpartisan in its criticism of the repulsive demagogues called Liberals and Conservatives.
Many of my regular readers are from overseas and they often express confusion about America’s method of nominating people for the presidency and about how we end up with the same type of tiresome partisan zealots time after time.
The important thing to remember is that our choices are severely limited by those two rival gangs of white- collar criminals called Democrats and Republicans. Neither of those political parties is mentioned in the Constitution but you can’t realistically run for dog- catcher in this country without having to deal with the party apparatus of those two criminal enterprises.
Naturally the rest of us express more and more desire for viable third and fourth parties to evolve, but here’s the catch: the elected representatives who pass legislation dictating the increasingly restrictive terms that alternate party candidates must meet JUST TO BE PUT ON THE BALLOT all belong to the Democratic and Republican parties. Needless to say those two groups are happy to maintain their monopoly on the political system by making it impossible for third parties to gain a truly competitive foothold.
And that brings us back to the nominating process used by the two rival gangs who grafted themselves onto the body politic. The candidates they offer the voting public are all the same type of bought- and – paid-for politicians that we get stuck with over and over again and do NOT represent the true desires of the American people! The Democrats and Republicans also keep the cost of running a campaign artificially high to ensure that bloated rich pigs retain their ugly influence on the political world. Compare that to countries like the U.K., where someone with a real- world job and income stands a very real chance of getting elected because campaigns don’t cost billions of dollars.
Please remember, this is NOT a fault with democracy per se. It is instead proof that political parties are as dangerous as many of our Founding Fathers warned us about. Just as the American experiment in democracy learned from some of the mistakes of the ancient Athenian enterprise hopefully subsequent nations who dabble in self-rule will learn from our mistake and remedy the cancer of political parties.
For us that cancer has spread too far and can’t be removed without killing the whole patient. All we’re left with in terms of rebelling within the system is to vote for third parties every election. It’s the only peaceful “message” the current mess permits us to send to the Democratic and Republican parties and the Liberal and Conservative zealots who run them.
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