Monday, February 20, 2012
America's political oligarchists
Over on FaceBook there's a discussion going on about how, or even if it's possible, to rid ourselves of the entrenched big-two political parties in favor of multiple parties with more specific appeal to various voter groups.
Clearly, there's not much light between democrats and republicans. Sure, they get in front of cameras and the Sunday news shows and blast each other, but at the end of the day, they meet at local bars and drink together and laugh at the stupidity and gullibility of American voters that we let them get away with what they do.
The fix is in, in American politics. It doesn't matter if the republicans or democrats control which branches of government, the same exclusive benefits and barely-legal trappings of power continue to be shared between them. And as oligarchists, they'll resist too much change to the system they've designed to benefit themselves. All the ideological party talk is designed for public and media consumption, and is mostly meaningless.
In my opinion, we are stuck with the entrenched political ruling class as our overlords. Too many Americans accept the status quo and aren't willing to attempt any real change.
Ask not voter, at whom the political ruling class laugh, for they laugh at you.