posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 12:43 PM
I would say that there are divisions politically in this country, but they are not reflected in the two main parties. The real issues that beset us
are, in my opinion, three:
1) Shall our economy be managed for the greatest good of the greatest number, or for the maximum profit of the privileged few?
2) Shall we adopt a cooperative foreign policy that aims towards world peace, or shall we instead go the traditional route of maintaining an empire
by force of arms?
3) Shall we endeavor to create an ecologically sustainable society, or maximize our use and enjoyment of natural resources in the short term?
On all of these three questions, the two parties are nearly identical and answer each one with the second alternative, while sometimes pretending to
pursue the first. The differences in policy between Democrats and Republicans that do exist are there because the parties have manufactured them,
virtually frothing at the mouth over abortion rights, gay marriage, and gun control, creating the illusion of a choice while preserving the reality of
consensus in favor of the powerful. The reason why the national vote splits so closely down the middle is not because the nation is divided, but
because the real issues are not being addressed, and the parties leave us not much basis for a choice.
That is also why voter turnout is so low.
As for Bush and Clinton, well, neither one is in politics now in the sense of running for office. Both men are wealthy, both are retired, both have a
sense of humanity and the opportunity to express it. What we are seeing is not politics, but post-politics, a revelation of what each of these men is
made of. With no election at stake, they are simply following their hearts.