…the death of our 2 party political system…
by Alex Hutchins
312 million people live in the United States, Alaska, and Hawaii and of that amount 234.5 thousand people are of voting age and anywhere from 30%-50% of those eligible to vote actually vote; however, there is absolutely no data available or has ever been attempted to be collected pertaining to how many of the non-voters actually “bitch” about the policies of this country; but, the last time I checked, we still have freedom of speech in this country whether one votes or not.
Similarly, very little has changed domestically with our two party system of government, highly influenced by lobbyists and campaign contributions from the wealthy and corporations who require Government intervention to successfully compete in the same league as their global counterparts.
As far as the American public is concerned, our 2 party political process only addresses their needs when the squeaky wheel squeaks and then the squeaking must be long and hard as can be seen in the Occupy Wall Street Movement; yes, a movement it has become and like a slow moving lava field is methodically picking up support in every state and among all “walks of life.” Underlying the movement’s un-unified, multi-faceted justification is the sad fact our 2 party political process no longer meets the needs of its various constituents regardless of their decisions to vote or not vote. This political disgust is as self-evident as our inalienable rights and can embarrassingly be seen in how inadequate the “Select Committee” is, in deciphering our fate. It is morally repugnant for these elected adults to flippantly “blow off” Americans because of their insatiable egos and impotent attractions to money.
In this writer’s opinion, our 2 political groups: Republicans and Democrats have FAILED and need to be replaced; and, until they are replaced, America will continue to lose her dignity and self-respect.
The very point that most people are disinchanted with both parties proves that we need a third party to strike forward with more charisma than a Ralph Nader. But you know, I was so disgusted with the choice between Bush and Kerry that I did cast my vote for Nader. I may have been the only one in Florida. I think it's because Americans want to vote for a winner. It's like watching a football game. They are suckered in by Corporate greed that funds both sides guaranteeing little or no difference. Wanna stop Obama from being successful? Vote out the Democrats. Or vice/versa. Same shit, different day. I, for one, am tired of it and believe the peaceful Occupy Movement is just the beginning. Once the Republicans take enough cops off the street it will get violent like the Arab Spring. People can only last so long getting lied to from both look alikes and never improving the lives for all Americans. We concentrate our tax dollars on keeping the rich solvent at all cost and that my friend is a serious problem.