“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Monday, February 20, 2012

America's political oligarchists

This is (from R to L) Ted Kennedy)D), Lindsay Graham(R), and Mel Martinez(R) off-camera, laughing it up before a very serious immigration-compromise press conference.

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.

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