Evolution of Dispossession

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Lou Dobbs

I very much like the introduction to this piece by Lou Dobbs. I think he is right on point, and at some point, a third party needs to emerge onto the scene and give notice to the Democrats and Republicans. The back and forth and 4 to 6 year cyclical changing of the guards, where one side undoes what the other side did in the first place, it's getting old. The people suffer from this system, and remarkably it's called democracy, though the average American has little to do with the day-to-day governance. Monkeys can be trained to pull a lever too.


MOM said...


I read all of your articles. They take time to digest.

I agree that the two-party system is flawed. I think the 10 party system is flawed, as well. For instance, in France at the moment, even if one of the parties, other than the socialists or the party of Chirac, gains enough votes to be in the run-off elections, it is guaranteed that the party that is left with the "rogue" party will win the final election. The media will throw its weight behind the mainstream party and there is little to no chance of victory for the others. In the last presidential election when Le Pen had enough votes to be in the run off against Chirac, the socialists threw their support to Chirac (his party is center-right). During the interim, Le Pen had practically no media exposure and what little he had was conducted by a forum of extremely hostile journalists. The media is already predicting that the election after the run-off will be between Royal and Sarkozy, with Sarkozy winning 55% of the vote.

I, personally, think that they are all really frightened of the prospect that Le Pen, an old man now, will gain many more votes than the public is being led to believe he will. After the rioting and burning of thousands of cars by 14 to 16 year-olds in Paris and the suburbs, the French people are fed up with apologists. They are not satisfied with how Chirac responded and they are terribly dissatisfied with the socialist response to that disaster, as well. The media can talk the problem to death, but illegal immigration in France is a huge problem that must be dealt with and the only party addressing that problem is that of Le Pen's.

We will soon see how the 10-party system works with a too-powerful media...

scottie said...

Good points.

Maybe a balance can be struck.

2 parties are too few in my opinion.
In 2004, Michael Badnarik was arrested for trying to gain access to the lasy Presidential debate. Ironically, Badnarik was the Liberterian candidate (representing the 3rd largest party in the US) who was on all 50 states' ballots, and he could not even participate nor view the debate. That's plain goofy. Ralph Nader was not on all the ballots, so whatever reasoning is justified for excluding Nader cannot be applied to Badnarik.

But 10 seems too many. In the US, the Democrats and the Republicans cyclically control everything, and as a result of the 2 parties being opposed, not much gets done. We need a 3rd or 4th party yet to give Americans real choice, not token choices. Thomas Jefferson represented the party called the Democratic-Republicans ...

Thanks for the post, and we appreciate an American/European take on things.

JohnnyB said...

Interesting perspective regarding immigration in France. The major issue a third party candidate in America could run on is illegal immigration. No top tier candidates in either party, unless you count Duncan Hunter, is deviating from the Clinton/Bush policy of immigration free-for-all. Republicans were dragged kicking and screaming into providing some enforcement measures. If social welfare wasn't such a leviathan I would support totally free immigration. As it is we can't provide free schooling and health care to 6 billion people. The math just doesn't add up.

I hear there is a third candidate, a farmer whom Royal called, "the extreme centrist". Maybe something was lost in translation. Right now it seems France and the EU have a far worse immigration problem than the US, but it may portend of what is to come here unless we find a way to peacefully integrate new citizens without accepting wholesale lawbreakers.

I, and I think the rest of America, will be less aroused by the other issues Dobbs raised. I think the recent bill on exploration is a boon to Louisiana and the gulf states, and I don't see what is the problem with CAFTA.