Republicans==Democrats, Republicans!=conservative, Democrats!=liberal

I would probably fit into some of the stereotypes for a right winger:  totally into low taxes and smaller government.  I start to go off track though, because for me, that includes dismantling the military-industrial complex, ending pointless wars, not getting into them in the first place, and just maintaining our actual national security (which wouldn't take a whole bunch, the US is like Russia -- ain't nobody gonna be able to occupy this much space).

But I don't really want a government that tells people how to live, who to marry, violates privacy, has any say in reproductive freedom, etc. etc.  Typical lefty issues.

Anyway, just throwing this out there -- it seems that Republicans and Democrats really are the same, or at least 95% or so, and neither group really represents me well.  As for our current administration (you know, the same one as the last one with a new face), I think Glen Greenwald has written about the best summary paragraph ever (totally defines awesome) of the Obama administration's continuation and extension of the Bush legacy:

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/08/10/gibbs/...

So I'm wondering -- am I as alone among atheists as I am with everyone else?  I basically consider myself a green libertarian, which makes me a bit soft on property rights issues in the eyes of hardcore libertarians, but I like a pretty world where the costs of production are not handed off to unsuspecting neighbors.  As far as Republocrats and Demoplicans go though, just six of one, half dozen of the other,  so I am rather bothered with the assumption that Republicans are conservatives and Democrats are liberals.

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Unhappily, electing Bernie will leave in place the leaders in Congress.

Corrupted by campaign donors, they will block everything he has promised.

Can we voters stop them?

They will rely on secrecy to protect them. With constant and detailed attention, we can at best slow them.

In about 25 mostly Western states, voters can protect ourselves from corrupted state politicians; our constitutions have the direct initiative and referendum.

The Senate and the House of Representatives make up Congress.

There are no term limits for members of Congress.

Kelly, I am happy to see your message! 

Branches of Government

Keep in mind that this document describes the ideal US Branches of Government. The reality is all branches of government have been bought by wealthy people and major changes have taken place in the last 40 years that increases the wealth of the few and decreases the wealth of the many. Our middle class is falling in numbers and ratios, the poverty class is growing and the wealthy class holds more of our nation's wealth in the hands of a very few people. The working people will have to join together to regain some of the policies and practices that protected the middle class. If change doesn't come about through the election process there will be change through conflict. 

It's all about "divide and conquer." Beyond that I would say that today we are caught up in the military industrial complex. Maybe moreso since JFK got his brains blown out. Presidents today talk against our actions overseas but do very little to change anything. Something worldwide is going on with a big agenda. At home in the USA we are given many distractions. Imagine a pea inside one of three shells as it all moves around very fast, and you have to guess which shell has the pea under it. Good luck. They keep this up, wanting you to identify with one label or the other while money is being made, and they continue to keep you distracted. Politicians are the showmen but all this is what is happening.

Kelly, I like your cartoon; it fits the situation!

You nailed it Michael. Distraction is the name of the game. And with all the media it's a huge one. I read most of my news from the internet or papers. Reading allows me to skip the talking heads BS. And the hype is unbelievable. I was waiting for an update on a news program and the anchor kept repeating "coming up next' (insert news here). Well the next turned out to be forty minutes later. I haven't tried to sit through an hour news program since!

Kathy, I agree, "I haven't tried to sit through an hour news program" and get all my news from the internet and alternative press. 

 

Kelly, I am happy to see your message! 

Branches of Government

Keep in mind that this document describes the ideal US Branches of Government. The reality is all branches of government have been bought by wealthy people and major changes have taken place in the last 40 years that increases the wealth of the few and decreases the wealth of the many. Our middle class is falling in numbers and ratios, the poverty class is growing and the wealthy class holds more of our nation's wealth in the hands of a very few people. The working people will have to join together to regain some of the policies and practices that protected the middle class. If change doesn't come about through the election process there will be change through conflict. 

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Noam Chomsky says that the Democratic party of today has values similar to Eisenhower's Republican party, while today's Republican party functions as a radical insurgency rather than a political party.

Noam Chomsky: The GOP is a radical insurgency; it’s not a political...

"... they have become a “radical insurgency” that scarcely seeks to participate in normal parliamentary politics, as observed by the respected conservative political commentator Norman Ornstein of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute." Republicans Gone Wild: Q&A with Mann and Ornstein

"Republicans are not merely ideologically different from Democrats but engaged in a unique form of politics that undermines the system itself... " [Francis Wilkinson]

There may have been a time when Democrats and Republicans were much alike, but much has changed. On the other hand I do agree with Ralph Nader's statement that the only difference is the acceleration with which their knees hit the floor when corporations come knocking - with one exception - Bernie (who rejects fossil fuel money).

would you ditch medicare, social security, unemployment insurance, public education?

anagama, where did you put the progressives? There are a few of us.

I'm out to the left of the liberals, who are between us and the conservatives.

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