Since I've been able to vote I've often found one thing on the larger level (State, National): The preponderance of a single party. Here is my overly simple parallel:
Imagine that there was a group of heterosexuals that hated gay people (not too difficult to imagine). Their purpose as an organization was to make sure that gays were marginalized, used, negleted, and kept as second-class-'citizens'. The public message would not be so bold. It would be along the lines of "Protecting the rights of straight people" and "Guardians of the Right, before God".......or somesuch nonsense.
There are two groups within this organization, if you look closely: Men, and Women. Yes, men, and women who hate gays. This is just like the Republicans and Democrats in the USA. Two parties who hate: The poor, The rest of the world, Anything-that-challenges-the-status-quo (which their trust fund hubbies rely on). Two parties who hate anything (ambiguously and thus dangerously fascistly) un-AMERICAN, who hate the prospects of sharing, who don't bet on initiatives for peace that don't have initiatives-for-my-bank-account built right in.
Indeed, we have two parties who are batting for the same team. In essence, we have a single party, which I dub: "The Conservative Party", which isn't conservative at all of course (see Iraq, see N. Korea, see the privitazation of government functions across the boards......see the tarrif/Nafta/Cafta situation......see the numerous examples of NAIVE neo-conservativism (which again has nothing to do with conservativism)).
Each year the two 'sides' line up to do 'battle', which amount to no more than in-fighting over paystubs, pushings-in-line for the who's on first of priveledge: inherited wealth and power, no-less.
Yet the US system is apparently subtle enough to dupe most of US into towing the line for our various cronies. Let me be the first to suggest that there is some stability in such perpetual naiivete. yet........................
So, what do you think, Americans and others alike? Are US politics as fake as I suggest? Can there BE politics in wealth?