2019-08-11 11:00:08 UTC
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. ..
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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