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Neither party offers government changes

Mickey young, IV Leader columnist

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Imagine that the government is a restaurant and the two political parties we are offered to choose between are burgers versus brats.

No matter which you choose, it doesn’t affect the institution in place.  And if you are a believer in the idea that our system is flawed, which I think most of you are, choosing from what we are presented isn’t going to solve anything.

We need to make our own choices.  And if we are presented with a sub-par product then the only solution is to take our business somewhere else.
I had a political science professor at Harper Junior College that used to say that most other countries look at our elections as virtually irrelevant.
They are on opposing sides on certain issues such as abortion, tax percentages, military funding, etc. but the government is going to be the same no matter who is elected.

Now are other countries’ elections as extreme as a Nazi versus a Communist?  No.

But the ultra-mainstream mega-funded candidates that are streamlined into our brains: both supported TARP, Obama’s stimulus package, bailout of the auto industry, NOT auditing or questioning the independence of the Federal Reserve and actually supporting the Federal Reserve and its officials, and the Patriot Act to name a few (but there are many many more).

These candidates are virtual carbon-copies.

Aren’t we going to get tired of the “lesser of two evils” scenario?

Most people look at our elections as a two choice vote because frankly, that is how it is presented to us.
We are free to vote for whomever we wish, but only two are massively funded by many of the same sources, only two are granted almost unlimited media coverage, and only two are included in this culture of “Democrat vs. Republican” that our society has become.

We have other options but we don’t see other options in the presidential debates.  The same government is in place no matter who wins.
That’s not a governmental election, that’s reality TV.

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Neither party offers government changes