Debunking the “beauty of the two-party system” myth

Republicrat beast
“Government is a beast” – Thomas Paine

I copy the following from a conversation I had with a Democratic friend, because I think his is one of the most common arguments in favor of the status quo, and I think it is faulty.   My friend said,

“The compromise of Democracy or Republicanism or whatever you want to call it (I think you’re splitting hairs – nobody is advocating mob rule) is what makes our country great… the constant push-pull of left and right that always eventually ends up in the middle.”

My response was this:

Is it great to bomb Pakistan?  Is it great to invade Iraq?   Is it great to detain people without evidence?  Is it great to start wars and support the pre-emptive first strike doctrine?  Is it great that the government can listen to your phone calls, read your emails, etc.?  Is it great to condone torture?  Is it great to imprison non-violent drug users?  Is it great to reward failed business practices?  Is it great to call dissenters terrorists?  Is it great that both parties support all of these measures?  When policies like these have become your cherished middle ground, is the push-pull of left and right really so great?  I think justice is great.  Many have died willingly for it, and i think they were all great.  Supporting moderation in the pursuit of justice is the mark of a person who is not great.”

There is nothing beautiful about two parties whose petty quarrells never fail to bring more government, more police, more imperialism, and less freedom.

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5 Responses

  1. Interview Request

    Hello Dear and Respected,
    I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

    We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at gmail.com”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.

    regards.

    Ghazala Khan
    The Pakistani Spectator
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  2. Got your blog from Lew’s blog.

    It’s young guys like yourself that give hope to us old folks that there will be people to carry on the fight for liberty.

    Since you plan to go to law school, I wonder if you’ve ever come across the following information, that I think explains exactly how and why the federal government has been able to expand their jurisdiction into the states and over the people of the states?

    I’ve been researching this for some time after happening across one of the men who pioneered the research into this area and who argued his own case in the supreme court in 89 as to the voluntary nature of social security.

    http://www.nmcservices.net/ucc1.html

    Have a look. I hope this will stimulate you into actually trying to verify or debunk the facts presented at this link.

    Best of everything in life to you,

    Vinnie

  3. Hey there – I enjoy the blog. I checked it out for the first time today after reading your interview with TPS. Keep it up.

  4. Great article, and I couldn’t agree more.

    This video says it even better:

    Keep up the good work.

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