It has been argued extensively on this blog that the traditional "left vs. right" political paradigm we obsess over is a waste of time, a sad joke that only perpetuates our problems. Nobody likes to hear this. But let's get real here ... Democrats disappoint the "left" every bit as much as Republicans disappoint the "right."
Nobody is happy. Why is that? How many times have we heard it said over the past 40 years that "Conservatives have got to retake the Republican Party" and vice versa?
Because our political system a Big Giant Con Game!
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. -- Carroll Quigley, Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time
As I already said though, this kind of talk upsets people. They don't like to hear that their "leaders" are but a joke, con-men and women who abuse their power to pilfer taxpayer wealth. Nor does anyone wish to accept that the America we live in today, has very little (if anything at all) in common with the country our forefathers founded, with its changed election processes, limited People's House, central bank, income tax, police state, and an overwhelmingly powerful Executive Branch ...
Nope. It's easier to pretend we still live the American myth and focus on left/right nonsense instead. Nevermind that King George III was a mere piker compared to America's Federal Leviathan today. War, taxes, regulations, programs ... Everything's OK as long as "our" guy is in charge.
Get over your bad selves too ... The American economy is not a "free market." Neither the popular left or right seems to understand this. For example, the Federal Reserve has a complete monopoly on banking. The "free market" couldn't screw it up if it tried. Then there's NAFTA, which is nothing more than a socialist scheme. Again, nothing to do with "free" anything.
These are simply 2 examples, but enough for the purpose of which is to say: Everything you hear on both sides of the aisle about "free" anything, is pure propaganda bunkum.
Dirty Little Secret: Politicians and bureaucrats lie. All. The. Time.
The truth hurts, especially in politics. Because the truth forces us to question everything we believe. Face it, Democrat vs. Republican is bull crap. It's corporatism that rules America today (and has for a very long time).
Shhhh! The Left, The Right, and Theft.
It is now an Individual vs. Corporate debate – and the Humans are losing.
- Many of the regulations that govern energy and banking sector were written by Corporations;
- The biggest influence on legislative votes is often Corporate Lobbying;
- Corporate ability to extend copyright far beyond what original protections amounts to a taking of public works for private corporate usage;
- PAC and campaign finance by Corporations has supplanted individual donations to elections;
- The individuals’ right to seek redress in court has been under attack for decades, limiting their options.
- DRM and content protection undercuts the individual’s ability to use purchased content as they see fit;
- Patent protections are continually weakened. Deep pocketed corporations can usurp inventions almost at will;
- The Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations have Free Speech rights equivalent to people; (So much for original intent!)
None of these are Democrat/Republican conflicts, but rather, are corporate vs. individual issues.
For those of you who are stuck in the old Left/Right debate, you are missing the bigger picture. Consider this about the Bailouts: It was a right-winger who bailed out all of the big banks, Fannie Mae, and AIG in the first place; then his left winger successor continued to pour more money into the fire pit.
What difference did the Left/Right dynamic make? Almost none whatsoever.
The Partisan Problem ... Partisanship not only requires you to support things with which you vehemently disagree, but it is also the reason "We the People" - the taxpayers - have been losing to the Ruling Class while our local, state, and federal governments have become effectively insolvent.
Partisanship perpetuates our problems.
Don't read this: Democrats and Republicans funded by same sources.
The 2 most important essays of our time put it all into perspective, that is, if you're willing to accept the truth. On the other hand, if "team politics" is your thing ... get ready for more of the same: Republican Victory 2010. You'll get 'em next time, I just know it.
Must Read Essays for Every Serious American:
- America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution by Angelo Codevilla
- Economic Fascism by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
If you haven't read the above essays and absorbed their lessons, you're not ready to affect genuine change. You're not serious. You think it's all a big game.
But I won't hold my breath ... After all, it's all the Democrats fault! It's all the Republicans fault!
Nice game isn't it? Keeps "We the People" pinned against each other ... while politicians and corporations keep getting away with fraud, theft, and yes, murder.
Don't watch this: President Eisenhower warns the American people about corporatism.
If you think this post equals "corporate bashing," or that government "protects you from Big Business," please grow up. Or at least leave politics to the adults. Because "We the People" can continue to fight each other, or we can fight the power ...
The power brokers would love nothing more than to keep us divided ... So, which will it be?