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Oleg Smirnov
2019-08-11 11:00:08 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/yxrhyqg2> laprogressive.com

America's voters face .. dilemma-choosing between two main options. The
U.S. doesn't have variety in major political party choices as does our
neighbor, Canada. .. The limited choices in America may explain why so
many Americans chose to be neither Democrat nor Republican .. In Gallup
polls (twelve taken already this year) the 2019 highs/lows are
Independent 46%/37%, Democrat 34%/26%, and Republican 30%/25%. .. But
you'd never know that to be true by looking at how America conducts
business politically. Political coverage is all about the parties with
hardly a word said about the .. unaffiliated ..

First, let's recognize that millions of Americans do not want to
affiliate with either major political party. .. Second, Independent
voters should not be penalized for choosing to be unaffiliated. Today,
they are. Third, let's acknowledge that parties undermine democracy.
They do so when they engage in gerrymandering, conduct closed primaries,
modify (through state legislatures) the outcomes of successful statewide
ballot initiatives, and engage in efforts. ..

What's the solution? .. The media needs to stop privileging the parties.
.. Constantly served either A or B, .. Americans don't get to taste
'what's out there' in America politically. ..

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The American fetishist cult of freedom faces a sobering reality not only
in the everyday life of regular Americans (where they have less freedoms
in comparison with what regular people in many other countries have), -
it also faces the sham of democracy in the form of the bipartisan system
of the two parties in the American politics.

Usurpation of power is usually associated with a dictator or clique that
suppresses other political factions. The notable American 'innovation' is
that the usurpation is implemented in a dynamic manner, where the two
parties are as if competing with each other, which creates an illusion of
a democratic political process. It's in no way truly democratic though.

The cited above article correctly points to the fact that there's a true
popular demand for 'something else', but the Reps and Dems simply do not
let any 'something else' sprout, - which clearly means an usurpation.

In fact, the R vs. D duality functions essentially like a male + female
couple. These the only two parties embody two gender principles (the Dems
are feminine while the Reps are masculine) and have sex with each other,
like male and female are supposed to do. They are satisfying each other,
and they don't need someone else to take part in their copulation. All
the others are passive spectators of the intercourse. For you, it may be
a fascinating sight, but you are not actual participants in this bang.

'Solution' proposed by the writer - "the media needs to stop privileging
the parties" - is naive. The mass media is indeed an essential actor that
enables the usurpation of the American politics by the only two parties.
But the US mass media ownership is overly concentrated in the hands of a
small group of owners, which are somewhat affiliated with the usurpers.
Thus the MSM will try its best to divert the attention of the electorate
from anything except the D & R. And the independent media is pretty weak.

Real solution would require some deeper institutional changes in the US.

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Read also <http://bit.ly/2Z0O2g0>
Your Name
2019-08-11 22:15:01 UTC
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Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://tinyurl.com/yxrhyqg2> laprogressive.com
America's voters face .. dilemma-choosing between two main options. The
U.S. doesn't have variety in major political party choices as does our
neighbor, Canada.
<snip>

Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc. may well officially have many
different political parties, but the reality is that it's still only
the mainstream two who ever get most of the votes. Most of the other
parties are simply causing useless confusion and wasted votes. At best
one of the bigger minor parties may get enough votes to mean a joint
government (as in New Zealand at the moment), but that again cuases
nothing buy problems where the minor party can hold up the mainstream
party from doing what it's meant to be doing - governing the country.

The other idiocy these days in many places is that people have two
votes for a politican in their local area and a "party vote", which
simply causes an even bigger confused mess.

Of course, having said that, ALL votes are just a waste of time and ALL
politicians are usless morons who are there simply to waste tax-payer
money and do almost nothing to properly govern the country anyway.
Your Name
2019-08-12 01:34:23 UTC
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Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://tinyurl.com/yxrhyqg2> laprogressive.com
America's voters face .. dilemma-choosing between two main options. The
U.S. doesn't have variety in major political party choices as does our
neighbor, Canada.
<snip>
Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc. may well officially have many
different political parties, but the reality is that it's still only
the mainstream two who ever get most of the votes. Most of the other
parties are simply causing useless confusion and wasted votes. At best
one of the bigger minor parties may get enough votes to mean a joint
government (as in New Zealand at the moment), but that again cuases
nothing buy problems where the minor party can hold up the mainstream
party from doing what it's meant to be doing - governing the country.
The other idiocy these days in many places is that people have two
votes for a politican in their local area and a "party vote", which
simply causes an even bigger confused mess.
Of course, having said that, ALL votes are just a waste of time and ALL
politicians are usless morons who are there simply to waste tax-payer
money and do almost nothing to properly govern the country anyway.
I forgot to say that some of those official political parties that
poeple can (and some do) vote for are simply jokes, often purposely
satirising or lampooning the "proper" politicians and politics in
general. Many of these are listed at:
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_frivolous_political_parties>

Mind you, Trump the Chump is a complete joke and managed to get voted
into power in the US by fools and the fact that there was no sensible
candidate for those with brains to vote for (so many didn't bother to
vote at all).
Ed Stasiak
2019-08-12 03:32:53 UTC
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Mind you, Trump the Chump is a complete joke and managed to get voted
into power in the US by fools and the fact that there was no sensible
candidate for those with brains to vote for (so many didn't bother to
vote at all).
People voted for Trump because he’s a one-man third party and
was the only one addressing issues that the people wanted dealt
with.
Your Name
2019-08-12 03:59:42 UTC
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Mind you, Trump the Chump is a complete joke and managed to get voted>
into power in the US by fools and the fact that there was no sensible>
candidate for those with brains to vote for (so many didn't bother to>
vote at all).
People voted for Trump because he’s a one-man third party and
was the only one addressing issues that the people wanted dealt
with.
Nope. He was the one promising to deal with the "issues" the minority
redneck, xenophobic monrons wanted (and they were the only ones who
bothered to vote for either of the hopeless candidates) ... and he has
failed to achieve any of them thanks to people with actual brains in
real power blocking his stupidity at every turn.

The real people didn't even bother to vote because neither candidate
was ever a sensible propostion.

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