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Politics & Power

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Reforming America: The Two Party System

Over time power tends to desensitize people to the problems in the everyday lives of the people who keep them in power. In looking to bring change to our nation it is important to look at the people who lead us and determine if they are able to understand the needs of the people they serve. When we look at the decisions they make we need to ask ourselves if those actions actually serve the greater good of our society or if they are more intended to serve the power elite. We also need to ask ourselves if being limited to a choice between only two competing ideologies is really good for the long term health and well-being of the people.

For over a century there have been only two major parties controlling the laws and regulations that govern our nation. In recent years the two parties have been increasingly difficult to distinguish from one another in their policymaking. With both sides vying for the votes of the centrist majority they have turned to debating minute differences in their policymaking and using demagoguery to convince the voters that they are widely different in their agendas. In the end the voters are the true losers as they in good faith vote for the people who claim to care about them when in actuality their policies favor the smallest minority of Americans to the detriment of the majority.

Modern American politics are driven by money and without large amounts of capital campaigns for office fail. In the two party system the money is basically divided between two camps with the majority of the money to all parties coming from a relatively small group of funders. Every few years the party in control changes to support the illusion of change occurring when in fact the driving force behind both parties is the same financially driven machine. Because the financial backers of the political parties also own many of the media outlets news about the people pulling the strings of the politicians is hard to come by. The news that does make it to the screen is whitewashed and sterilized to assure that the public image of the politicians and their backers is one of trustworthiness with the exception of the occasional sacrificial lamb offered up to appease the class tensions that come from having a wide gap between those who have and those who do not have.

At the end of the day our system is controlled not by the people as much as by the corporations and wealthy individuals. By financing the politicians who make the laws and controlling what the people hear and see the truly powerful maintain their power. By using the political process to divide Americans into two camps and fueling the fire of the conflict between the two sides with sensationalistic news and pundits presented as newscasters the powerful keep the masses distracted from the real problems facing our nation. The people are kept so busy fighting with each other over issues that donít really affect their lives that they donít see the freedoms being stripped away from them by both of the parties in power. Democrats and Republicans alike voted overwhelmingly for the USA PATRIOT Act that did more to limit freedoms of speech and guarantees of privacy than any other legislation in the history of this nation.

The people need to pay closer attention to both sides of the political aisle and stop being distracted by divisive rhetoric that has no real relevance to their daily lives. While politicians in Congress are screaming about funding shortfalls for social services on one side and deficit spending on the other they are consistently protecting the wealth of their supporters that could be tapped through equitable taxation to solve most of the fiscal problems of the nation. The reality of modern American politics is that neither party is doing much to help the people of this nation overall. There are too few people deciding the fate of our nation. It is time to move away from the two party system and bring more voices to the table. If we want real change in America we will have to turn the system on its head and that begins with telling both "major" political parties that they are being fired for poor on the job performance.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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