False Equivalence?

This diatribe is a response to a discussion containing repeated assertations of "false equivalence" between the Democrats and Republicans. I don't believe that individual Democrats and Republicans are equivalent, and I don't even believe that left to their own devices, the people who make up these parties wouldn't go in different directions. I believe that we have a system that permits the corporations to juggle us between these two parties, reducing them to a distracting false front that distorts our view of the actual situation: corporate governance.

[Again,] believing that it's false equivalence won't make it so. A handful of good people in government aren't an example to the contrary if they have no chance to institute real change. I start talking about real problems to social problems and democrats start calling me a communist. I talk about civil rights and yeah, progressives are in favor of progress instead of the same systems that haven't been working for for the people for centuries and they call you a liberal like it's an insult. I point out collusion and I'm rewarded by being told that I'm engaging in logical fallacy by people who haven't even been paying the vaguest attention, and who prevaricate at my every example. Then you wonder why I don't want to be involved in politics.

The two-party system is a single system, and its greatest victory is convincing us that there is a substantive difference between the corporations of today and the corporations of four years ago — because that is who calls the shots with our new president. That's why we have more Monsanto stooges in our government (and more of Monsanto's compounds in our bodies) than ever before, why Ma Bell is reforming like some kind of Cthulhoid Voltron, why net neutrality is nowhere, why victimless crime is still illegal, and why the entire bill of rights is now bumwad. Those have all been bi-partisan efforts, and Obama has been in the big chair during much of it. I don't blame him; to the contrary, it's only supporting evidence. Which party supposedly controls the white house means bugger all, because it's in the script. They don't let the president wander off on his own.

The corporations get written into every decision; first they write the laws, then they lobby for the laws, then they get the laws passed. Or first they agitate for war, then they help spread misinformation and agitate in the media, then they get the war, then they get paid. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When people stop voting for the (R) and (D) incumbents in such large numbers while claiming to want change (and more than 50% of Americans do both of these things simultaneously) then I will consider getting reinvolved in politics. Right now, the divide and conquer strategy has too-effectively prevented any actual progress and mired us down in one argument after another. We can't even agree that human rights are human rights, we have to fight over each individual right: religion, gender, race, sexuality. Get back to me when people are willing to look around them, and cooperate. And that doesn't mean buying into one of these corporatized political parties. Show me a party united against the corporate influence in politics, and I'll vote for it. There is no such beast.

(end rant)

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