You Got to Be Kidding Me!

About The Two-Party System

Posted in Politics by Stacy McMahon on November 4, 2008

I haven’t been able to keep up the blog lately, mostly because I’ve been sick and/or had a sick kid to take care of (no worries, she’s doing fine!)

I have, though, found another blog that often has interesting, intelligent and civil debates – if mostly from a political perspective that I don’t share. I still can’t really keep up with daily posting, but I’ll cross-post my last comment over there:

“My working theory is that since we effectively force 95% of the population to choose from just two parties, the United States is really a sort of confederation of two oligarchies.

This theory explains the otherwise-bizarre overlap in the two parties’ legislative actions (as opposed to their marketing slogans platforms) and is why popular movements effect political change only by ‘taking over’ one of the major parties, as with MoveOn/Netroots, the religious right, “neocons”, etc. The real political action takes place in local elections and federal primaries; by the time of the national election you’re just choosing which constituent state will control the superstate.”

Update: Yeesh, I guess the cold medicine was kicking in last night. Link now added to the Punkass Blog.

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  1. Clint said, on November 4, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    I had something to say about the 2-party system myself too:

    http://clintjcl.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/politics-election-2008-the-tyranny-of-a-2-party-system/

  2. Quin said, on November 5, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Hey Stacy! When you mention other blogs, feel free to link to them or at least identify them by name! 😉

  3. Quin said, on November 5, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Aaah, that’s better. Hey Stacy, just to let you know, the views of the co-bloggers at our place really run the gamut of liberal positions. Maybe you mostly disagree with me, but that doesn’t mean you mostly disagree with all of us. That’s partly why we’re able to have good discussions sometimes– because we’re not all constantly walking in lock-step with each other.


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