"Insanity in individuals is something rare; but in groups,
parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule." - Nietzsche
many political parties should we have?
The correct answer should be either:
(A) None, or
(B) A zillion
Here's how I see it...
we all felt about things the exact same way, that we logically
examined every issue and then took the best, most educated
reach a satisfying conclusion for all involved. (I hear Vulcans
work this way.) The end result would be one single political
in this case, is also be equal to none.
The sad reality is that we all see things just a wee bit
differently from one another and will fight the other guy
to the death rather than admit faulty judgment or outright
This logically means there should be a zillion differing
political parties, all taking a defiant stand, for example,
over just the right shade of green to
go on the country's flag. After all, what do those neon-greener's
know when the best green is sea-foam green?
sea-foam green or dead, right, comrade?
So how is it, apart from a couple of splinter groups and
the always-suprising but always-expected appearance of Ralph
Nader, that we'restuck with just two political parties?
The biggest reason has to do with demographics. The Republicans,
for example, have decided their target audience is most interested
in God, guns and greed. If they can shoot it, bank it, or
damn it to hell then they're happy as a clam nailing it to
The Democrats are for the exact same things, except different,
see? Oh, and the health and welfare of women, blacks, immigrants,
seniors, and anyone else that doesn't own an oil company.
Yes, there are Libertarians
but they spend most of their campaign time and money
trying to explain why they're different, though there's apparently
less than total agreement within the party
The Green's are Democrats who recycle.
So we really only have two parties and that's because they
both want it that way, and each has gone to great lengths
over the decades to make sure it stays that way. For example,
some states actually force you to vote for only one party
primaries. That's neither fair nor big-D democratic.
Congressman make a good living by cursing their
foes across the aisle
don't want another party coming in and cutting-in on the
deal. Or making them actually work for their money.
BTW, about today's cartoon... this is not a pointed comment
regarding the good cops, the one's who truly try and make
a difference. Those are the one's I appreciate because I
know it's a shitty job at times and I, for one, could not
The cartoon is instead about the bad one's, the one's who took the job because
they unsuited for much else and met the height and weight restrictions. The one's
who have always basically been bullies and now secretly enjoy abusing their power.
Those cops. They exist and they 're much too common.
There are those who are born to do it, who find nobility in trying to make a
difference and do a great job. For the others, it's just a way to make a little
extra money and work out their anger management on the public. If they're lucky,
they even get to shoot people.
this case, they get to "screw you over" at their pleasure.