"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." George Washington
George Washington was a pretty smart guy. He was able to see hundreds of years into the future and warn us of what would come to pass. And he was right. We just didn't heed the warning very well"
Amidst the rancor of the faux healthcare debacle and the political posturing over the reconciliation process, the larger issue continues to go on unmolested. This country has many serious problems; most of which we would agree on. The education system is a disaster. The economy is in shambles. Job creation is stagnant. We have abandoned our history as a producing nation. Torture, terrorism, war crimes, civil liberties (or what's left of them) the list just goes on. But the mistake we keep making is a diagnostic problem. We keep treating these as conditions instead of symptoms. They are not the disease itself but merely the results of the disease. And that cancer, which is slowly eating away at the fabric of our once proud republic, is the two-party system.
Take a good long look at that quote from George Washington; the father of our country. How frighteningly accurate is that? Sure political parties may now and again answer popular ends. If you want to pretend something will be done about abortion, the GOP will sell you on pro-life. If you want to fight for gay rights, the dems will likely provide you with the answer. But that's the side show folks. I know that is a bitter pill to swallow; that your cause ce'lèbre may not be as important in the grand scheme of things as you think it is; but too bad. Open your minds to accept the fact that you are being used; regardless of which party you swear allegiance to.