YEP!: The United States is now in the grip of a political duopoly in which both establishment parties are thoroughly complicit. They play a game: they agree to fight viciously over certain things to retain the allegiance of their respective bases, while agreeing not to fight about anything that seriously endangers the privileges of America’s new financial elites. Whether this duopoly will endure, and what to do about it, are perhaps the most important questions facing Americans. The current arrangement all but guarantees the continuing decline of the United States as a nation, and of the welfare of the bottom 90% of its citizens.
The two parties and their supporters attack each other on vague ideological grounds (big government, being a Washington insider, socialism, whatever), issues of personnel and power (holding up Obama appointments, redistricting, earmarks), or, more excitingly, with regard to social values issues dear to their bases: abortion; gay rights; don’t ask - don’t tell; sex education versus religion in schools; guaranteed-health-insurance-as-socialism; gun control; welfare; global warming. On these issues, each side can credibly tell its base that defeat would mean real losses. People do care about abortion and gay rights, for excellent reasons, and so many people on both sides grudgingly continue to participate in the charade. The losers, of course, are the American people, and particularly America’s younger generation.
The political duopoly arrangement, with its emphasis on intense fighting over values issues, serves to divert attention from the financial sector’s “quiet coup,” to use the economist Simon Johnson’s phrase, and to divide potential opposition to it. People who should be aligned in calling for fairer taxes, campaign finance reform, stricter financial regulation, better public education, and investment in America’s infrastructure are instead divided by their opposing views on gun control, abortion, and gay marriage. It is a strategy that has worked remarkably well for both parties.
This truly feels like a turning point in history, where our global elites (whom I believe are behind the chaos), will let us hit bottom, then come forward with the "solution", an "order out of chaos" kind of moment if not stopped. We are in rebellion mode, regardless of party. We’re just making that leap to all band together and take our government back, because we have been trained over decades to really believe that there is a difference between the "R" and the "D" duopoly.
Voting for "R" or a "D" out of blind loyalty to party, it's clear that neither establishment has any kind of loyalty to “We the People.” The powers that be know this, and in order for the status quo to continue, they know a divided populace is much easier to control.