Neither American political party recognizes this disconnect. Neither party can afford to recognize it, as both parties are dependent on corporate campaign financing, and offshoring boosts executive bonuses and share prices. A political party that opposes offshoring of US jobs simply does not get financed.
So, the great "superpower," the "indispensable nation," the world hegemon, is going into an election, and no one knows what are the stakes.
Why did not either political party ask: if Washington has demonized Iran, why did the 120 countries that comprise the non-aligned movement convene in Iran last week?
Is Washington's propaganda failing? Can Washington no longer convince the world that the countries that Washington wants to destroy are evil and must be destroyed?
If Washington's propaganda is failing, the world rule of the hegemonic power will not succeed. As world rule is Washington's goal in keeping with the neoconservative ideology, then Washington is failing and is not the superpower it pretends to be.
Most credible foreign policy experts, none of which either political party has, believe that Washington has thrown away US "soft power" by its obvious lies and unjustified military attacks on seven Muslim countries, its encirclement of Russia with missile bases, and its encirclement of China with air, naval, and troop bases.
In other words, Washington's moral force no longer exists. All that exists is financial and military force, and both will fail as they are insufficient.
Neither party asked why the US is at wars with Muslims for Israel. Why should Americans be losing lives and limbs for Israel while going broke and running up enormous war debts for our children and grandchildren? The answer from both parties is to blame the country's bankruptcy on what Washington does for its own economically disenfranchised citizens. America's financial problems are all the fault of Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, housing subsidies, Pell grants -- any and every thing that gives a leg up to the non-one percent.
In short, the attitude of both parties is: if you are not the one percent, you are disposable.
Both Obamacare and the alternative Republican voucher program dispose of ill Americans who confront potentially terminable diseases. The American people and the ill no longer count; only the budget counts. Letting the elderly die sooner is cheaper. We can therefore afford more wars for hegemony and more tax cuts for the one percent.
Have any peoples in human history ever been less represented by their government and political parties than Americans?
The US government represents Israel and the one to ten percent. Everyone else is disposable.
Regardless of the political party whose lever is pulled in November, every American who votes will be voting for Israel and for their own demise.