I sure hope Fred Reed is wrong, but I suspect he’s right on the money:
A democracy run by two barely distinguishable parties is not in fact a democracy.
A parliamentary democracy allows expression of a range of points of view: A ecological candidate may be elected, along with a communist, a racial-separatist, and a libertarian. These will make sure their ideas are at least heard. By contrast, the two-party system prevents expression of any ideas the two parties agree to suppress. How much open discussion do you hear during presidential elections of, for example, race, immigration, abortion, gun control, and the continuing abolition of Christianity? These are the issues most important to most people, yet are quashed.
The elections do however allow do allow the public a sense of participation while having the political importance of the Super Bowl.
This explains in part my recent lack of desire to add any comment on the run-up to the Iowa caucuses tonight. Who cares? When you have one multi-millionaire squaring off against another, and they both represent interests that are only marginally different, what’s to get excited about? Ultimately, their constituency isn’t you or me, it’s guys like George Soros who sign the big checks.
People, our hope lies in reversing the slide into the black hole of centralized government this nation has been falling into since before the Civil War. Our elected representatives in Congress have conveniently rid themselves of accountability by ceding its power to the Executive and Judicial branches.
Think about it. The President alone decides when and where our military is used. When is the last time a military action was delayed by a vote in Congress? Not during the last two administrations, anyway. When is the last time you heard a congressman or senator object to the president’s use of an Executive Order to make law?
And our Supreme Court, in the eloquent words of Fred Reed, has become “our Ministry of Culture and Morals”. It determines what we can say, as well as when and about whom we can say it. It exists no longer to rule on whether the laws passed by Congress fall within the bounds set by the framers of the Constitution; its function now is to establish “programs desired by the ruling political class which could not possibly be democratically enacted.”
After reading Fred’s column, I’m more convinced than when I started writing my new novel that the theme of the story is right. I just pray I have the chops to pull it off, so it doesn’t read like the lunatic rant of an unbalanced mind.