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To maintain the illusion that working people make decisions, it is useful to have two parties that pretend to be different while representing the same folks at the top.
When we use terms like “ruling class” and “super rich” and “captains of industry,” it is important to remember that these terms are not rhetorical flourishes. The United States, even more so than other countries dominated by the Capitalist economic system, is run by a rich elite that enjoys immense power over all areas of society and which intends to maintain this power, at whatever cost. This power is deeply rooted in economics and exercised through corporations. Convincing most of society that being a wage-slave and ceding control to those “who know what’s best for you” is what you really want is far easier than maintaining power at the end of a gun. It is also much more stable, so in the US we have “democracy,” complete with elections where we allegedly get to choose among candidates representing “wide differences” of opinion and interests.
Mr Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, won election as chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday after six hotly contested rounds of voting.
His victory was seen as an admission by Republicans that the party has become ineffective in reaching out to black and Hispanic voters, who voted in overwhelming numbers for Mr Obama in November.
Mr Steele, a regular on cable television will be the high profile face of the party until the Republicans begin selecting a presidential candidate in 2011.
He wasted no time in making clear that he has the new president personally in his sights, saying he would torpedo the public perception that the Republicans are "a party unconcerned about minorities, a party that's unconcerned about the lives and dreams of average Americans." Mr Obama was politely dismissive of Mr Steele when he ran unsuccessfully for the senate in 2006. Asked what he would say to Mr Obama now, Mr Steele said: "I would say to the new president, congratulations. It is going to be an honour to spar with him. And I would follow that up with: How do you like me now?"
Mr Steele also tried to reclaim the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, which Mr Obama has been appropriating of late. He called his win "just one more bold step the party of Lincoln has taken since its founding."