From time to time I have spoken against the two-party system because of the essential threat to representational government by power politics. Few people seem to grasp the reality of that threat.
My point has been, and remains so, that a vote of the electorate cannot produce a government that represents the will of the people, as long as their only choices are the “lesser of two evils”. Only when candidates actually represent the will of their constituents can authentic representational government result.
But we have not had a genuinely representational government for a very long time. Instead, we have had governments of the party, by the party, for the party. That’s not the America envisioned by the constitution.
In order to maintain their power and keep government in their grip, both the Republican and Democrat parties have crafted election laws in the States which make it very difficult for “third” parties to get on the ballot. This is the ugly side of power politics — the “two party system”, which is nowhere to be found in the constitution.
Voters seem loathe to pay attention to this very real aspect of politics as usual, preferring to savor their fantasies of motherhood, apple pie and hurray for the red white and blue. Their level of commitment resembles the kind of support one would expect for a local sports team with the same kind of enthusiasm some folks have for Halloween parties.
Despite swimming in such a cauldron of recreational vacuity, there still is time to make it back to shore and gain solid footing. All we need to do is avail ourselves to the factual information that is out there. Such information doesn’t just plop itself into your lap. However, as an aid to voter awareness and citizen responsibility, here is a link to information that illustrates the killing of democracy at the hands of big party politics.
Now, as Dr. Laura used to say, go do the right thing.