mindless rat-maze of the two-party system

two-party system
Number of self-identified Democrats vs. self-identified Republicans, per state, according to Gallup, January-June 2010. What does this say about the two-party system?

Someone else besides me has noticed the “unusual” alliances between libertarian Republicans and progressive Democrats, and has documented a dizzying amount evidence to show that such lineups aren’t, in fact unusual.  I highly recommend this article.  The two-party system is a lie. Here’s why.

I cannot help but feel that the powers that be smile every time pundits push this game of “Let’s you and him fight.”  I believe that the purpose of this extreme partisanship is to distract Americans from the serious issues of the day. Yes, libertarians and liberals have different agendas and disagree on many key issues, but I am convinced that if people can see past differences to find opportunities for collaboration on common and important goals, a civil discourse just might take over Washington.

I sense that last week’s vote on NSA mass surveillance had the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican Parties crapping bricks in their pants.  As a result, I’d watch for the pundits to invent new ways to divide people in the coming weeks.  I’d urge my readers to critically dissect what they are saying, examine the hot buttons they’re pushing, and look at what they aren’t saying when, through innuendo, they say, “The other side is evil, hooray for our side.”

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