The Role of the Two Party System

The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. – Carroll Quigley

Carroll Quigley, esteemed professor of Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown, spilling the beans on his favorite subjects, the oligarchs. What he was describing in this passage was how the super wealthy saw the two party system way back in the 1920s.

It has evolved. They have gotten much more ruthless since then. Much more clever. And the devices of their control, television, radio, academia, are much more sophisticated than they were.

The role of the two party system is to keep the lower classes equally divided against themselves.

The role of the two party system is to keep the lower classes equally divided against themselves.

That hasn’t always been the role of political parties of course. But that is their primary purpose now.

The thing to understand is that the power control group, or whatever you want to call them, needs both parties. But for different reasons.

They way they’ve been using the Republicans is to push them, and the nation, farther and farther to the right. The old Overton Window trick.

The need for the Democrats is to appease the left, keep us from rioting in the streets like we should be. Ultimately, the Plutocrats would like to eliminate the “left” altogether. But until then, we are to be managed. That’s what Barack Obama was brought in for. To give us lefties a sense of empowerment, but to also show us the error of our ways. And how all of our political demands are just not serious.

They groomed and prepped him from the beginning. They stuck a presidential label on his head before he even won the Senate. Then they packaged him, branded him, and threw him into the big leagues.  

And what a success he has been. Sure, not as many lefties have fallen for his act as they had hoped. But at least all the fighting between the two camps means the left has been divided and effectively neutralized.

And, despite the Republican’s severely damaging their brand under Bush, the reconstruction is going nicely.

As I’ve said before, once you ascend to the Senate or the White House, party affiliation becomes pure facade. We’re all Republicans now could be the Senate motto. As you descend down the power tree, the more real party affiliation becomes. All the way down to the loyal plebes.

This is how the control works. Half are loyal to Red and half are loyal to Blue. Red gets inflamed over their pet culture war issues and Blue gets inflamed over their pet culture war issues. So the corporate controlled media, the Plutocrats plaything, spends it’s days inflaming and pushing buttons.

Then they mix in a bunch of horror stories about common people gone mad (never a horror story about ruling elites going mad) and voilĂ  – you never even notice them carrying your furniture out the back door.

While we’ve been obsessing over relatively minor issues, rich people’s issues, they have transformed our country, wiped out the middle working class, and begun the process of turning most Americans into poor laborers. That is their endgame. They are in the process of changing America into a different kind of country and society. And it isn’t the country the overwhelming majority of Americans want.

They have gutted our public services. (I called the police the other day to report a dead deer in the middle of the Hwy and I couldn’t reach anyone.) They have turned us against our own democratic government. The very government that our founders fought, died, and killed for.

We have been looted. We have been robbed. The elite power crowd are nothing but thieves and murderers. As Howard Zinn said, “They will kill you.” And that’s what they are doing. Piece by piece.

If we are to stop them, we have to do it soon. We are running out of time.


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  1. I wonder why most real liberal democracies developed Parliamentary style systems.

    • rossl on January 13, 2010 at 00:54

    Two things.  One, check out this essay by Big Tex:  http://www.attackofthemachinee

    (This was crossposted to Daily Kos by the author, whose username is Big Tex)

    Also, do you want to write for a new political blog I’m part of?  It’s all about third parties and independents:  http://thirdpartyandindependen

    If you do, email damoneris at gmail dot com

  2. his blog about his own view on it, since he was part of the packaging behind Obama,

    I must qualify that by saying SOME people like Robert Greenwald and his Brave New Films team and have certainly done their part to make righteous efforts. I’m disillusioned with the whole two party system. I’m baffled by some of Obama’s moves and many of the Democratic party’s moves. I’m confident that only campaign finance reform and vigorous participation from citizens, not corporations will change things for the better. Let’s all turn our dissatisfaction into positive action…

    Happy holidaze

    – Obey Giant (12 January 2010)

    • RUKind on January 13, 2010 at 04:27

    Us and them. Collectively, we have less brains than a herd of cows. We have been brainwashed from birth and get a freshening daily if we consume mass media.

    We are leaderless and powerless. 1984 came and went in the middle of Reagan’s reign of the ultra-wealthy. No one really noticed. The PC boom was on, the Mac came out, the net bloomed, we segued into Clinton and the Web.

    BTW, Bill was the best liberal Republican president since Ike. And I know. I was born a month before Dewey defeated Truman. I was raised on Boston-Irish-Catholic-Democratic-Union politics.

    Where are the unions? Where are the demonstrations? Who is really going to lead this revolution that needs to happen?

    Our Founders tried to settle things peacefully but they had no ballots so bullets had to do. In a one political party system (blue=red) we don’t really have ballots either.

    I’m a peaceful man but like Mao said,”All power comes from the barrel of a gun.” Is that what they’re trying to provoke? How much of a prison nation can we become? We’re already numero uno by a mile.

    If you look at it from a certain point of view, we’re all in prison already doing life without parole. Pay your taxes, pay the interest on your credit card bills. Don’t be late. Wouldn’t want the penalties to kick in.

  3. My copy just came in the mail today.

    • Inky99 on January 13, 2010 at 07:15

    Comedian Lewis Black’s first concert film, set to open this week, is unsparing in its criticism of both political parties.

    In a clip played by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Black says, “Our two-party system is a bowl of shit looking in the mirror at itself. … Basically, the last eight years, I feel, the Republicans stood around farting and the Democrats went, ‘Ooh, let me smell it.'”

    “It’s a pungent truth,” Olbermann commented to Black. “I think it probably has never been more obvious than currently during this health care debate.”

    “It’s just unbelievable,” Black agreed. “How did we end up in a position with people defending health insurance companies?”

  4. After every broken promise, a little bit more is taken from

    us. Can’t fight those big chiefs in Washington. As long as we pay for their wars and luxuries, they’ll keep the IRS out of our bank accounts. Pretty tricky, the fear of the sheriff has been expertly replaced by  oh,ah,um, the fear of the sheriff. So shut up, get a job, buy health insurance and pay your taxes, and Uncle Sam will take good care of you.

  5. Like Nafta and this health care bill.

  6. weeks at dkos my mind is fried. The Democratic partisan loyalists have no interest at all in anything but circling their wagons and killing off the indigenous ‘savages’ lefties who they feel threaten their comfort with having won and defeated the extreme right. They have now turned their sightless eyes on the ‘authoritarian leftists’. You ask me they are already dead, their is no need to kill them.  They are zombies as big Tent so uncivilly called them.

    The two party system is so entrenched that at this point you are forced to deal with them or be an outside saboteur. Which may be the best way as both parties seem to be shattering into populist vs corporatist lines, with subgroups on both sides. I do not feel there is any resolution that is going to come until the people regardless of ideology or political leanings is so uncomfortable that reach a don’t tread on me state  I took your advise and started fighting for the progressive ‘authoritarian lefties’ but it’s impossible to get past the zombies and have any impact.

    I’m going top a Democratic county meeting to work on local issues next week. Unlike the dkos Democrats they actually do work for representation and common good and my district is so progressive that they call themselves liberal. The idea of the whole damn thing falling apart does not bother me in the least as it would enable decentralization and community. Cascadia sounds mighty good about now.


    • rossl on January 14, 2010 at 03:32

    about the state of the San Francisco Green Party.  If you’re in San Fran, get involved in one of the more successful third parties in the nation… before it’s gone!…

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