Ive been a democrat and i’ve been a Republican. Mostly, because I didnt know any better and was under the illusion that either of these parties actually care. People relate to being a republican or a democrat more then they relate to being a christian or any other religion. The truth is, the political structure of this country is far greater illusion then any religion has ever tried to be.
The “hot-button” issues and absolute hatred for the other side are completely manufactured by the political parties to keep themselves in power and away from third parties. People decide to vote for someone they don’t particularly like not to get that guy to win, but to get the other to lose. The system they have built wins either way as long as it is a Republican or Democrat.
We are really only a one party system. Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin in the US, both pretty far right-wing and completely corrupted by money.
Ever wonder why you only seem to see the two candidates at the presidential election debates? It’s deliberately done to remove choice from voters. “The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) began in 1987 by the Democratic and Republican parties to establish the way that presidential election debates are run between candidates for President of the United States.”
You should see a rather glaring conflict of interest there. Debates prior to 1987 were held by the League of Women Voters without issues until in 1988, the League of Women Voters withdrew its sponsorship of the presidential debates after the George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns secretly agreed to a “memorandum of understanding” that would decide which candidates could participate in the debates, which individuals would be panelists (and therefore able to ask questions), and the height of the podiums. The League rejected the demands and released a statement saying that they were withdrawing support for the debates because “the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter.”
You want election fraud and voter suppression? It’s not asking for a valid photo ID, it’s the fact that both parties actively work together to suppress candidates that don’t play by their rules. They then convince voters that the world will end if one side wins and that they have to vote for the other side in order to prevent this, even though the candidates are 95% similar on policies. This is why we have hot-button issues that never get resolved even though they aren’t that important, yet glaringly corrupt self-benefiting laws easily get passed without anyone noticing.
Choice is just an illusion in this country. The system was hijacked in the 1980’s and we’re just now starting to see what 30 years of entrenched corruption looks like.
I thought this thread was about how our condition (our education and such) leads every decision we make, so that when we make a choice it’s not actually that we have the freedom to choose but that we are bounded to choose by our past, our relationships, our definitions and view of the world, that there is not really a “free will”.
Then I started reading and I thought. Maybe it’s more specific (limited) as to how we choose to live in a world with no choice whatsoever, also due to our education and what they’ve told us on tv and made believe by our professors and shit. That is, to live in a society where the individual has an apparent freedom to choose whether he is a doctor or a lawyer, whether he marries this chick or the other, and what job he takes, as well as what brand of milk he buys. And how all those apparent choices only lead to perpetuate and mantain the very system that leads you to believe that “there is no choice but the system” and that we can choose to live another life (a thought I’ve had a lot lately) but we don’t know, or don’t want to know and choose to live this other life, where choice is but an illusion.
Then I realized it’s about the illusion to choose being a republican or a democrat, right or left wing, commie or capitalist, in a decaying political system where it’s leaders are all the same with exactly the same interests. Meh, I think I think things too deeply