Both Candidates Misleading on Iran and Afghanistan

The Real News Network has the report Both Candidates Misleading on Iran and Afghanistan. You have to see the interview below to understand the closing following closing remarks:

And this is another cost, I’m afraid, of this two-party system, that a policy that is very clearly adversely affecting the security of the United States is not being adequately debated, it is not being given the consideration that it deserves, because—as I said at the outset: that the two parties have gotten used to lying to the American people to a degree that makes it impossible for debates to take place, even in a presidential year, when it’s so important that we understand what the real positions are of the candidates who are running for president and what their implications are for the American people. And I think that is a problem that now has to be given an extremely high priority by people who care about the future of this country. It’s time to really think much more seriously about what is wrong with the two-party system, what needs to be done about it. And I think, you know, obviously the need for other parties, at least a third party, must be high on the political agenda in this country.

When there is an important choice to be made between the candidates of the two major parties, I do not favor siphoning off votes to a third party.  However, a valuable service that a third party could perform is to make the debates more honest.  There is no guarantee that any random third party would actually perform this service.

I think that the underlying cause for the disfunction of our political system is the increasing concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few. Whether or not a viable third party could form and be helpful is a chicken and egg issue with solving what I have identified as the main problem. Perhaps it is not a question of which comes first. The process needs to begin in a way where both dispersing power and wealth more widely and the rise of a viable third party must proceed hand-in-hand.

I think that the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few is a major issue for all governments. Whether they be democratic or totalitarian, capitalist, communist, or socialist this issue is a threat to the success of said country. Despite the economic rise of China, you can see that the concentration of wealth there is going to severely hinder their chances at ultimate success. Russia is also suffering from this problem.

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