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VANCOUVER ( Bullions Bull Canada) -- Do they replace Tweedle-Dee with Tweedle-Dum or does Tweedle-Dee get one more chance?
This is the question confronting the binary minds of American voters every election in their two-party political system that masquerades as a "democracy."
While we can quibble over semantics, most people would agree that a democracy must demonstrate two qualities in order to be worthy of that term:
A government chosen by the people whose actions reflect the will of the people.
It is abundantly clear the United States political system fails both of those tests. Undoubtedly, most readers will reject this assertion. They will point to the voting process and simplistically suggest that the mere act of voting means that whatever government emerges from the process was "their choice." I disagree.
The 2012 U.S. election provides us the perfect opportunity to analyze the flaws of the U.S. political system because the two candidates are virtual clones of each other (skin color notwithstanding). In Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Americans have been given the "choice" between two of the most shameless flip-floppers to ever contaminate the political process.
The sci-fi cartoon comedy "Futurama" took this argument to its literal extreme: an episode featuring an election (in the future) between two actual clones -- in a two-party system. The very pertinent point it made was this: If voters' only choice is between two exact duplicates, in practical terms this clearly represents no "choice" at all.
However, even if this U.S. election was not a contest between two candidates who behaved as virtual replicas of each other, there is another extremely strong argument that the U.S. political system denies the U.S. voter any true "choice": money.
One of the many unique "qualities"(?) of the U.S. political system is that during (and prior to) election campaigns, the U.S. media spend just as much time covering the race to raise money by the two parties as covering poll results and more time covering both those topics than covering the actual campaign issues.