All that is here is my opinion and mine alone but I see no other way out of the increasingly repressive, authoritarian, and punitive government we have and is getting worse by the day. I offer no data because it is all over the internet and available for all. I have seen few realistic ideas on altering our course and hope that these ideas will get some attention.
America is in a serious, maybe terminal, condition. We have seen the power and wealth of the middle class diminish since the late 1900s with a clear acceleration in the last ten years. Laws clearly favoring the elite rich have been passed by a corrupt Congress and signed into law by corrupt Presidents. Almost all our politicians are on the take and only get enough campaign money to compete from donations (bribes). Politicians go into public-service jobs with average net worth and become multi-millionaires. Bill Clinton was born poor and never had a job that didn't have a government check and now is a multimillionaire. OK, he got speaking fees and book sales, but who bought all those books and paid the speaking fees? It is just legal money-laundering and it will not stop without major changes in the system. The choices staring us in the face for 2016 are more of the same.
One of my fears is that as more people realize they are trapped by the system in poverty will become desperate in the need to survive and care for their families and get an education or get a job. When they realize they are in a poor caste the possibility of armed rebellion is an serious risk. We have seen the government has no compunction about using deadly force on dissenters so there will be serious bloodshed.
The Supreme Court, a supposedly non-partisan group, has at almost every turn sided with corporate interests; many of the recent rulings have allowed money to sway elections, available only from the super rich and corporations. This has shifted almost all power to the tiny 1% of Americans. Recent news has shown that the 1% has rapidly increased wealth while the 99% has remained flat, actually losing ground when buying power and increased production are factored in. Since in America money buys power and the 1% have most of the money there is very little power in the hands of the 99%. The very wealthy seem to be unconcerned with this increasing divide even though in the long run it is likely to be the demise of all of us with the poor and middle class going first. It also means the 99% without some change has no way of getting better.
I have been accused of being pessimistic in past writings. I stand by my evidence. I dislike the terms pessimistic and optimistic because they both portray an unrealistic world. Realism is the only alternative.
As I see things, high office in America is controlled almost entirely by the group with the most money to buy TV and other media ads: that is the corporate sector and they control almost all of the federal government, much of state government, and to part local government as well especially in large urban areas. Government run by organizations is fascism and the only organizations with the money for control are corporations and the rich elite. Only with corporate funding can a candidate be nominated to one of the two major parties. When election time comes and you cast a ballot you can be sure that the corporates will be happy with the outcome no matter which party wins and, in fact, no one else has a chance other the vetted favorite two. The uninformed/misinformed and apathetic citizenry really think they have chosen the President.
This set of rules will also be in effect in 2016. If the best possible candidate for present runs you can be sure that unless they have become beholden to the big money they will not even get a start.
There is often talk about third parties and the only ones that I am talking about are the big three progressive parties. I include Greens, Justice, and Democratic Socialists. They will never get support from corporate money and by the logic above will have no chance under the present system.
The third parties have very similar platforms based on my priorities. Others may differ but their ideas on poverty, war, education, health, equality, justice, freedom, etc., are much closer to my ideas than the platforms or actions of the two major parties.
It seems at this time we have three weak parties. Some were not even on the ballot in all states, their support was split three ways, and everyone knew that a vote for any one of them was a wasted vote and many voted for "The Lesser of Evils" knowing the candidate they voted for was flawed and did not really represent the voter's views.
I have wondered why these parties remain separate; is it grandiosity, stubbornness, misguided ideas of success? Whatever they think they have doomed themselves to eternal last place and what a tragedy since they and they alone have any promise of saving America peacefully.
It is my hope that this writing will bring pressure to bear on the three parties to merge their strength, money, and support. There will be little aversion to this idea with so many completely fed up with two-party politics. A new big third party will get all the supporters from the three and many more from those knowing now that they can be taken seriously. They could get big donations from real people and would lessen the effect of big money on primary and general elections.
I beg the three parties to listen to this. The Green Party at this time seems to be the best organized. The Democratic Socialists are subject to the ignorance surrounding the word "socialist". The Justice Party had a start in 2007 but fizzled out.
Please give up whatever pride you may gain in keeping separate. You are guaranteeing failure as parties and failure of America also. There is strength in numbers. If you could get a place at the debates and people just woke up a little bit, there is a chance for a win. If personal pride is at stake, select one leader to run as president, one as vice president and one as one of the big cabinet posts. I would much like to support a new powerful third party.