Why the Two-Legged Stool Fails ~ May 9, 2017
ou will sometimes hear that our binary system of politics is like a pendulum, with Democrats on the Left and Republicans on the Right. This is a bad analogy. On many key issues, there is little difference between the two-parties. As a voter, for example, you can’t vote against Wall Street. Both parties are in bed with Wall Street. You can’t vote for Medicare for all—both parties reject Medicare for all. You can’t vote against the U.S.-as-empire. You can’t vote for powerful, serious climate change action—Hillary was better on this, but was still far too tepid. It is a strange pendulum, one that stays on the Right, moving only in small spasms.
The effect of all of this is to make the American voter to appear more stupid than he or she actually is. The effect, by design, is to neutralize, alienate, and pit against each other, the majority of working Americans. Americans want to switch to much greater solar and renewable energy, and want a European-style healthcare system. The ruling class doesn’t want these things, and with our idiotic binary system of Democrats and Republicans (Helen Keller called them our Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum) we won’t get anything we want.
Young voters have abandoned the major network and cable media, and in large numbers are suspicious of our two parties.
The solution is astonishingly easy and straightforward—put a third leg on the stool. We need, in other words, a Left party. A revolution has already happened. Millions of Americans have already opted out of the two-party system.
Young voters have abandoned the major network and cable media, and in large numbers are suspicious of our two parties. But suspicion and not-joining doesn’t get you very far. We need to support (or even create) a real Left party, even if its platform is very small—healthcare for all, sanity in dealing with climate change, affordable college, etc. For instance, here’s Nick Brana’s idea.
Working people in other countries have multiple Left parties to join and vote for. This gives them real power, and this is why they have some protections that their American counterparts do not. They can go see a doctor and send their kids to college without financially destroying themselves.
The conservative parties of western Europe are in favor of universal healthcare. In this country, the supposed liberal party, the Democrats, oppose Medicare for all.
If you want to understand how weird our system is, here is something to mull over. Do a little research on Right-wing conservative parties in Europe. They exist there, for sure, and they look superficially like our Right-wingers. Take the Right-wing Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti). They are anti-immigrant, and a party leader once said that the DPP is an anti-Muslim party. But, while you are noticing the similarities, also notice what is missing: No talk about repealing healthcare for all! The conservative parties of western Europe are in favor of universal healthcare. In this country, the supposed liberal party, the Democrats, oppose Medicare for all. That means, on this vital issue, our entire mainline political system is to the Right of all of the western European conservative parties! Put differently, if the Danish People’s Party came here, far Right voters could get their racism quenched, but would also get a Medicare-for-all party! This is how far we are out of step with the rest of the sane world.
Finally, for your amusement, here’s Jimmy Dore on Nancy Pelosi’s fumbling answer as to why she can’t support Medicare for all.