Republicrats. Demoblicans. Republicans. Democrats. What is in the mangling of the names of America’s two largest political parties? Aside from a hideous amount of truth, no shortage of political despair for those Americans who support neither party and a world increasingly frustrated with American politics and politicians, there is a duopoly slowly strangling America to death with its intransigence.
Both parties have seen better days. The Democrats led America through World War 2 and into the early days of the Cold War. There is not enough space in this article to recognize all that President Franklin D. Roosevelt did for the free world during the war. And his significant domestic achievements such as – but not limited to – the New Deal to create jobs for Americans during the Depression and the Tennessee Valley Authority to generate electricity are well worth a mention. They gave the World the President who stood up to the United States military and the Russians at the same time during 13 harrowing days in 1962 when the world teetered on the brink of World War 3.
Not in any way to be outdone the Republicans have shone as well. In 1953 as the Cold War nuclear arms race began to accelerate, a true American leader Dwight D. Eisenhower who commanded the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War 2 became President. Eisenhower was well liked for his down to earth approach and part of his legacy was the now very relevant warning to watch the military-industrial complex closely. Whilst highly controversial for a number of reasons, not least his role in Watergate, President Richard Nixon must be commended for opening United States-Chinese diplomatic relations in 1972. And last, but not least credit must go to President George H.W. Bush for his sterling leadership in building up a coalition that could oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991.
But that was then. Since the early 1990s, the corporatization of both parties has hijacked American politics and the elected representatives who are supposed to be working for their constituents in ways few other countries have ever experienced. To realistically win a U.S. Presidential election now one needs to be a billionaire. One needs a huge campaign machine costing millions of dollars to run, never mind actually being able to use television ads or any of the other media forms to get the message across.
Both parties are so involved in strangling each other that neither appears to realize or care that they are strangling the very nation they are supposed to be working for. The Congress that ended with the 2014 mid term elections was the least productive of all time. The issues that the world had hoped America had managed to bury are alive and well – racism is reviving; elected officials think women are a secondary gender to males; gun massacres are as frequent as ever. Many of these issues were in fact all of this time just simmering away nicely in the background instead of being resolved, because to appeal to certain dark age parts of the American political spectrum, these have to be kept alive.
And that is unfortunately where American politics is heading: towards a second Dark Age. And the Republicans and the Democrats are leading the charge.