I think Brit Hume was right on point with whats wrong with our political system. Its not the point he was making though. He tried to ridicule Michael Bloomberg for saying the discussion shouldn’t be just left vs. right. Bloomberg happens to be right about this, but the talking heads in the media, and our elected representatives consider that intellectual sedition.
I’m not sure it was always the case, but we know entirely to much about each other. There is a little card to get discounts at the grocery store, a card that works like money (ugh), library cards and movie cards and so on ad infinitum. All the little cards have little numbers that identify us. All the information gleaned from these little cards is used to target us. Every keystroke hit on our computers registered and catalogued and stored on some larger computer somewhere. This enables the left and the right to push the buttons they need to to get our support. People worry about the Patriot Act? We’ve been having our privacy invaded forever….the patriot act is nothing new.
The bad news is the vocal left and the vocal right make up maybe 15% of the population between them. Yet they set the agenda. They write the laws. They fund the idiots that make decisions for which way our nation goes. Why? Because the 85% in the middle who don’t really identify entirely with either group substantially has only those two choices. On the rare occassion that someone else runs on a third party ticket he generally works only as a spoiler. It’s also why some ultraconservative like Ron Paul can be hailed as the new messiah.
What this country needs is about 10 political parties with no legislated obstructions keeping them from running. It works elsewhere…almost every other allegedly democratic society has oodles of choices. I like Britain’s method, and I would so love to see George Bush in the well of the house of representatives being feasted on like poor tony blair in the house of commons. What a treat that would be.
We’ll never have it though. Americans are by and large, to lazy, to busy, or to self indulged to do what is best for the country. To insist on decent leadership. To wholesale vote out the obstructionists that currently inhabit the halls of power. Many of them have been raping us for so long we no longer even ask them to clean up when they’re done. Several can barely walk to the lectern. They can hardly speak without drooling on themselves, yet they keep getting elected. Either the electorate is really as uninformed as I believe they are, or its all a big scam and they choose senators in the back room of O’malleys.
We destroyed any chance of good government when we made voting a right rather than a privilege. We place the last nails in the coffin every time we allow ourselves to be given just two choices….a nitwit and an idiot. Kerry/Bush. Gore/bush…you get the picture
If you think you are in the middle, do everybody a favor this time around. Vote in your local elections for anyone that is not a democrat or a republican. It won’t change things right away, but its a strong step in the right direction.