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Two Major Parties -- One Wretched Government

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A recent article by Dave Saldana (link follows my piece) describes Caterpillar Inc's Canadian misadventure and its subsequent endeavor to leverage its corporate advantages into the United States to the disadvantage of American workers, with active political support at the state level and meager if any opposition at the national level.
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Here again, it would be sorta helpful doncha know, if our twice-elected Democrat (from the Greek "demos" for "common people") President exercised some influence here, at least from the "bully pulpit."
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Oh goodness, I forgot that the "bully pulpit" is an expression originated to describe a Republican's (Teddy Roosevelt) efforts to take down corporate power's grip on an economy functioning to the disadvantage of working people.
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No, I'm certainly not a Republican, but I am concerned that the Democrats have migrated rightward past the middle to where there's little difference beyond personalities in the voters' choice of major-party candidates.  As a matter of fact, a Democrat administration has supported the two-tier wage system for auto workers (new hires get half the pay of those already on board) while bailing out the corporate enterprise with taxpayer (i.e. our) treasure.
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It seems to me that the message here is not "lesser-evil" but "just slightly perhaps less to the right."   And the actual influence of our pseudo-leftish or rightist leadership comes, of course,  from large campaign contributions (read: representative indenture) which can now be from secret sources as protected by federal law, and which appear to influence "our" governance much more than do the best interests of the people.
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What next, Democrats?  Or better:  Do Americans need you anymore, costumed as you are as representing of the best interests of the people of America while voting for and contributing to candidates who are selling out those interests?
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A good portion of this sad state of the people's affairs can be attributed of course to baseless habitual partisanship.  Such as those afflicted here need desperately to examine the actual governance their votes have inflicted upon the American people's best interests.  Some too, no doubt, have been emotionally swayed by the lofty rhetoric and in fact lies of their choice candidates.  Such voters must now examine the actual actions -- or lack of such -- of their chosen politicos and seek other representation in future.
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With this all, the Republican Party will probably survive, rather nakedly representing, as it does, moneyed interests and the Ayn Rand-ish ideals of beneficent greed, with the actual best interests of the people to be misrepresented or to be damned.  Lamentably, such a faction never seems to die.
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The survival of the Democrats, however, is a more perilous question, drifting rightward as the party has and progressively -- actually unprogressively misrepresenting the best interests of the "demos" more with each election.  After all, do the people need two parties operating against their interests?  It's high time the Democrats cleaned up their act before the people catch on and clear out their offices.
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There may very well be another answer, despite the popular mantra that "all third parties are doomed to failure."  The opposition to indentured government -- more needed with each passing day of political abuse and perpetual wars for resources -- now becomes a more favorable proposition, a more necessary proposition with each successive political malfunction by the current two boss parties.  Noam Chomsky knows this, so do Chris Hedges, Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Dennis Kucinich, etc, and a growing number of intelligent, good Americans who are getting progressively sick of bought-and-paid-for government and the political cadres that abuse their elective offices.
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Finally, we voters need to examine the current misrepresentation of the people's best interests and the choices that we contributed to it, whether by habitual partisanship or rhetorical persuasion -- then break the mold and do better.  Our personal futures and in fact America's, perhaps even Humanity's, depend upon it. 
 
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 Referenced link:  http://portside.org/2013-02-18/alecs-plan-kill-union-jobs-everywhere-even-outside-us

 

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