U.S. 'Democracy' Is a Sham: Opinion

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.

This in itself is highly revealing. What election "coverage" in the U.S. is now really all about is showing those who are stuffing money into campaign coffers whether they are getting their money's worth, as evidenced by the poll results. This begs the question: Who is stuffing these $billions into the bribe-receptacles of the two political parties? Simply put: the billionaires.

This is the other disturbing reason why the media provide as much coverage to the funding derby as to the actual political campaign itself: In the U.S. the candidate with the most money wins the vast majority of the time. With the U.S. having the most lax rules for campaign contributions in the Western world, the ultra-wealthy can funnel as much money as they want to the candidate of their choice.

The reality that U.S. elections are now nothing but money competitions between billionaires is now out in the open. When the shadowy financial oligarchs (with Wall Street as their front) were stuffing their money into Barack Obama's war-chest and were well on their way to (literally) buying his re-election, the "Billionaires For Romney" emerged.

As their Big Money rose to the same level as the Obama Big Money, suddenly an election that at first seemed like nothing more than a coronation turned into a horse race.

This is a "democracy"?

Even more disgraceful is what these political shills for both parties do once they are elected. Republican George W. Bush promised to bring "conservative values" back to America. He more than doubled the U.S. national debt in eight years, and ended his term in office with the largest single orgy of corporate welfare in history: the Wall Street bail-out/hand-outs.

Democrat Barack Obama promised ordinary Americans "change." The only "change" he produced was what he stole out of their pockets. Not only did Obama continue Bush's "hands off" policies toward Wall Street, not only did he continue the Bush tax cuts (the largest tax-windfall for the rich in history), but the gap between rich and poor has rapidly accelerated during the Obama betrayal.

In short, the U.S. election process is now a competition between two oligarch-funded political institutions who represent nothing more than slightly different ways of serving those oligarchs. It is both eerie and ironic how much the current U.S. political system resembles the political system of the old Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union had "elections," too. Their people were also given the "choice" of two candidates. The only difference between the two systems is a cosmetic one. In the U.S., the two oligarch-serving institutions are given two, different "party" names, to create the illusion of real choice. In the Soviet Union, the lack of choice was explicit: both candidates were representatives of the Communist Party "competing" to see who would get to serve the Communist oligarchs.

This political tunnel vision in the U.S. is nothing less than binary insanity. The delusion that replacing Tweedle-Dee with Tweedle-Dum can/will solve all their problems, despite election after election where this political game of "musical chairs" never changes anything.

I label this a form of "insanity" because the voters themselves know their compulsion to alternate between Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum is futile, as reflected by the consistently low approval ratings they give their representatives (of both parties). It is obviously a "binary" form of insanity.

This can be demonstrated by asking the disgruntled American voter a rhetorical question: If you hate both parties, then why not vote for a Third Party? Here the binary insanity of Americans has been relentlessly reinforced by the corporate media, itself owned by a handful of oligarchs.

These other shills for the rich have drummed their Big Lie into the minds of Americans through endless repetition: "A vote for a Third Party is a wasted vote." The pseudo-logic the propaganda machine uses to justify the Lie is a classic example of circular reasoning.

Voting for a Third Party is a "waste of a vote" they say, because no Third Party candidate "would ever have a chance of being elected." However, that assertion is only true as long as Americans believe it to be true. The moment that Americans stopped believing this Big Lie, Third Party candidates would instantly become viable alternatives.

We know this is true because of more than a century of empirical evidence from other "multi-party democracies" (i.e. real democracies). Even in multi-party systems; the vast majority of elections are between two dominant parties. While a few of these systems have splintered into permanent, multi-party coalitions the vast majority have two, major parties. The point, however, is that these two dominant parties change.

In political systems that truly represent multi-party democracies, senior establishment parties rise and fall. This is an inevitable process because of the political reality known as corruption. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Inevitably, major parties become terminally afflicted with corruption, to the point where their candidates are shunned by the Voters -- and a new party emerges to take its place.

But not in America. In the United States, Binary Insanity reigns supreme. Unless/until Americans cure themselves of this mental affliction; they will simply elect one government after another bought and paid for by their oligarchs, who laugh all the way to the bank.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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