CHOICE? WHAT CHOICE?
The Image-Makers Dress Up One Horse As Two
Well, here we go, folks: It's another quadrennial equestrian event pitting the in-breeders of America's political non-stud farms against one another for the thorny crown of Most Moderate, a bland-fest for the ages. Will the Republicans out-Democrat the Democrats, or vice versa? Does it matter?
Anyone who pays attention to what is going on in the world knows that there are far more things in heaven and earth than are imagined in our political philosophy. The whole spectrum of modern American political thought would fit in less than a quarter of the world spectrum, mainly on the right.
There is no Left here. The Wobblies, the Socialists, the Old Left, the New Left, even the Stevensonian Democrats, all fit in a sliver of the European Center-Left. Or, they would if they hadn't been smashed flat and purged by the Right.
Again this year, two self-proclaimed "Centrists" will be trotted out, and proceed to dance all around trying to avoid being called Socialists or Fascists. They don't dare accuse each other of being Commies or Nazi's, but the fear of it will keep them both fighting for the same position on the Center-Right, as in every election year.
Really, what's the difference between two identical Parties, and one-Party rule? Are we so different from the Russians, or the Chinese? Take a look at our phony national "spectrum" (1.a, above) and the real political world (2.b, below), as I have doodled it. See anything you recognize?.
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