posted on May, 21 2010 @ 10:54 AM
Very true, slank!
That is how the system SHOULD run. However, the way it does run is somalfunctioning that I think there are people who do want to participate and make
a difference, but the people who run their little pieces of the pie are so concerned about maintaing their power that they don't want anyone
upsetting the apple cart, even if that person should be capable of being a benefit to our country.
However, I disagree that the parties are indistinguishable and meaningless. They are the structural systems to create the environment of how the
government operates. While I have tended to think of myself as an independent, because I have significant differences of opinion with both major
parties, it seems to me that the Republicans have gone so far to the right to support the rich people that run that party that it is really separating
themselves from the mainstream of the population.
I believe it is the mainstream "moderates" that have cause Obama to move away from his historical leftward lean, even to the point of upsetting many
of the powerful Liberals that helped get him elected. But, he is still far enough from the Republicans that they dislike him also.
If the left dislikes his policies, and the right dislikes his policies, he's probably closer to the middle than most people think.
Because the Democrats are so diverse, as the population becomes ever more mixed by the changes in attitudes of the modern society, they will likely
continue to gain strength, in the long-run.