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Danger Lampost

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Are we slaves to the forces that conspire to keep Republicans and Democrats in the United States in a 50/50 stand off?

I have been increasingly amazed about something in American politics: Half the country apparently thinks the other half is some combination of insane, immoral, or perhaps just misled. I can't quite grasp how that can be true, but it seems to be true to me, as I listen to and talk to the vast majority of people who are firmly republican or democrat.

These aren't just simple things we're fighting about. We're fighting about life and death issues, like what happens to women when they get raped, and what our health care policy should be. I would think that with such disputes, eventually one side or the other would win out. Both can't be right. Yet both sides seem perpetually evenly balanced. Is there some force at work forcing this even balance? If so, what is it? Are we all just slaves to this force?

Throughout American history, there have been roughly equal numbers of republican (18) and democratic (16) presidents, ignoring other parties throughout American history. (Hopefully I got that right, but fact check me if you are so inclined...) This leads me to conclude that there must be some larger social force at work influencing the masses of people, to keep these numbers perpetually balanced. Because I can't understand how these forces can be so evenly balanced over so many years without some force keeping them balanced.

What force(s) keep on keeping republicans and democrats so evenly balanced in the United States? Are we slaves to this force?


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    Nov 5 2012: I think it is just a natural law. Good v Evil, Communism v Capitalism, Freedom v Slavery.

    We are slaves to what we have decided (acquiesced) to be a slave to.
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      Nov 5 2012: Natural law? Like in nature, prey and predators that you name good and evil.

      I think evil is the result of ignorance in the sense of being devoid of sufficient knowledge to make thoughtful decisions.

      Republicans appear to live in a dream state from the past as the US of A was made barren of the original inhabitants and gave the opportunity for unlimited growth. Now every corner is occupied there has to be made rules to share all it brings. If not it will become ever more divided between the few rich and the masses that have no opportunity to make any life at all.
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        Nov 5 2012: Duly noted.

        I was referring to why it seems to boil down to 2. Where they have more parties like Italy the parties have to negotiate with other parties in effect becoming 2 parties.
      • Nov 5 2012: "republicans... in a dream state"? When I looked at the issues, and the way they do things, both parties were more or less identical. The only difference seems to be about who funds them.

        There is just one party. The Repubmocrat, also known as Demolicans.

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