posted on Jan, 7 2006 @ 11:11 PM
In one sense, the two party system isn't a failure, but is a rousing success. There are, and have been throughout history, people who, not content
to simply live their lives, have sought to gain power and prestige and to wield that power over others.
In the earliest days of human history, it was challenging to live such a life. Those who wished to do so had to raise armies and actually fight with
others who wished to do so, and the territories and benefits that they could gain from victory, impressive though they might've been on a limited
scale, would seem paltry by modern standards.
As time went on and the territories conquered by this or that power-monger expanded and became relatively stable and well-defined, those who sought
power could gain it simply by establishing the right connections in court. It was still a dangerous game that they played, but it was dangerous in an
entirely different sense than riding to battle was. Of course, riding to battle was still a viable way to gain power, but even then the power was
often a reward that was granted rather than just a commodity to be seized.
Through all of this, the mass of humans were never anything more than property that, along with the land and the resources, defined the value of that
which the power-mongers held and changed hands as new power-mongers fought or finessed their way into authority. But then came enlightenment--
average people in two important places-- France and the nascent United States-- essentially said that they had had enough of being somebody else's
property and that they were going to manage their own affairs from now on, thank you very much.
This was a noble experiment, and, for a short time at least, it kept those who sought power simply for its own sake within reasonable limits, but ti
could never last. There are simply too many people who have a truly insane lust for power, and they were not going to let some damned piece of paper
stand in their way.
It honestly didn't take that long before power-hungry people figured out that, if they must allow us to elect our own leaders, they were best served
by making certain that we had as few choices as possible, and that all of the available choices could ultimately be depended upon to do the bidding of
the powers-that-be. There were a few false starts and a few diversions when individuals who were not a part of the established structure managed to
gain office even without the active support of the power-mongers, but since the turn of the 20th century, and particularly in recent decades, there
has been a steady consolidation of political power and of media control and this has led to the state that we find ourselves in today. At this point,
choice between the two parties is virtually meaningless, and that is by design.
The fact is that those who seek power will do virtually anything they can to gain it. The problem with a two party system is that it makes it too
easy for those who seek power to gain control of essentially all of the politicians by only having to gain control of two hierarchies. The power is
too concentrated and too easy to control. Spreading political power out among more parties would make it harder for scheming individuals to guarantee
control of the system, and that's exactly why our current system discourages third parties.
While, from our viewpoint, the two party system is a complete failure, from that of those who seek power, it's a rousing success. In a way, it's
even superior to the days of monarchy, when those who sought power had to overtly work for it. Now we have the illusion of choice, which illusion
obviously continues to fool many among the people, judging by the regularity with which people still fight for one party and against the other. But
it's really nothing more than an illusion. The fact is that both parties are owned outright by the same group of people, and regardless of who wins
any election, they continue to win the battle for power. And we the people continue to lose.
Defy them. Vote third party. Do NOT allow them to dissuade you or discredit your choice. The only chance that we have to win back the power that's
rightfully ours is to vote for somone-- ANYONE-- who is not owned by the power elite.