Originally posted by finnegan
[b]There is excellent support for your rejection of the two major parties in US politics. You have good reason to adopt a "conspiracy theory" but in fact the conspiracy is transparent if you care to look at the evidence.
This is where both the right and left are in agreement. We are ruled by an oligarchy. The difference comes in what to do about it.
Those on the left tend to believe that all that needs to be done is to try and pry the top 1% away from influence of that oligarchy as where those on the right are more inclined to actually break apart the oligarchy altogether and return power to local powers.
This is why I view collectivism as the cause for our democracy gone awry. The Federal government was never meant to run the country. The transformation has occurred slowly over time, with perhaps the fastest change happening at the turn of the 20th century when the Federal government created the Fed and the federal income tax and Senators were not longer appointed by state representatives. It was at that very moment that state power and influence went down the tubes.
Now the federal government simply throws all that money around at various people to impose its will around the world, and especially at home. Now states best behave or find themselves without federal funding that they have become dependent upon. This has resulted in a crushing debt that will destroy the Republic, and what is worse it has destroyed our representative democracy. This is because we all have the power to vote for or against local officials, but in the Federal government our ability to vote comes down to only 2 Congressmen out of hundreds. Why then should they have more power over us than those we can vote for directly? This is why the approval rating of Congress is only 10% amongst American voters.
Of course, the other problem is when power centralizes, the vote becomes diluted. For example, we all can vote for a President, but that vote does not count as much as it would be voting for a governor or even mayor. That is because the voting is not as diluted. It is akin to entering a lottery where there are 500 million tickets, or just a few thousand. Why then would we seek to empower more a man for whom our vote counts for as less?
And so it goes, the left continues to prop up a collectivist system where the Executive branch tells us all what to do, the majority of which in that executive branch are unelectable bureaucrats who pass regulations which amount to as laws. Once again, another subversion of democracy.
And you see this disdain for democracy amongst the elitists of today with Jonathan Gruber coming out and making fun of voters as being "stupid" for voting for a man who gave us Obamacare. Then when it the legislation is passed and the majority of Americans oppose it, they ignore the will of the people and just mock us for believing their lies to sell it to us.
And yes, opinions tend to change because we are continually lied to. Unfortunately, they are allowed to lie with impunity, which further erodes our power to vote for people who promise to do certain things a certain way.