Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sounds like something I might say

Via Crooks and Liars, who also provide some text:
Maher: Now people talk a lot about a third political party in America. We don't need a third party. We need a first party. You go to the polls and your choices are the guy who voted for the first Wall Street bailout, or the guy who voted for the next ten. This week we're hearing that a public option for health care is unlikely because it doesn't have the support of enough Democrats. Even Ted Kennedy's plan, Ted Kennedy, yeah, leaves thirty seven million uninsured.

This is because we don't have a left and a right party in this country any more. We have a center right party, and a crazy party. And over the last thirty odd years, Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital.
I've been jaded about American politics precisely because there really isn't any political leadership that represents a vast swath of the American populace. Instead, we get a party that uses "progressive" buzzwords but is otherwise essentially a corporatist party and another that at times competes with the British National Party in terms of its overt racism, xenophobia, and religious fundamentalism while attempting to maintain its favor with corporate oligarchs. Aside from that, there's simply this large void. In a sense I find that I empathize with Iranian voters, many of whom are taking it to the streets in recent days, because of a shared sense that our respective systems are dysfunctional at best.

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