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