When you think of a monopoly, your head may be filled with visions of heavy industry and the robber barons of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century or the pre-deregulation (one of the few times that deregulation worked for us) telephone company. Perhaps you are getting visions of Theodore Roosevelt going after those monopolies. One thing almost everyone but the most rabid corporatist can agree on is that monopolies hurt the consumer by stifling competition and eliminating possibilities.
Our two party system has spawned a virtual one party system, otherwise known as a monopoly. Although both parties seem to be elected by "we the people", the Republicans champion the cause of multi-national corporations, "free" traitors uh, I mean "free" traders and union busters. Those entities didn't elect them, but seem to have their undying and unified loyalty. Guess why?? The Democrats profess to being the voice of working people, the middle class and the poor, but are a house divided and constantly offer unrequited "bipartisanship" to the Republicans.
I voted for Democratic candidates because as a middle class, pro-union voter, they were the classic lesser of two evils. We have reached the point that their compromise with the Republicans seems to be more like capitulation. Democratic politicians, please listen closely, WHEN YOU COMPROMISE WITH THE REPUBLICANS ON ISSUES THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE HEALTH, LIFE AND SAFETY OF THE VERY VOTERS WHO PUT YOU IN OFFICE, YOU BECOME AN EXTENSION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THEIR AGENDA! To sum it up, our "two" party system consists of one party that has a pro big business, pro big money agenda and a party that has become a dysfunctional crew of Republican enablers and yes men, in other words we have a virtual one party MONOPOLY!
Some of you might say that we have many political parties, however those are either regional parties or sadly, parties that haven't made much of an impact on the American scene and for various reasons not of their making, under financing for one, haven't been taken seriously. The quickest cure to America's problems is to have a viable third party that represents "we the people". Although some people say that's the Tea Party, I believe that it is really a corporate spawned feeder party for the Republicans.
Don't get me wrong, the system has many built in barriers that can hinder any national party other than the Republicans or Democrats. I'm going to let you Google the phases "third party" or "third political party" so you can see all the gory details for yourself.
To give people real options, we need a viable third, fourth and even fifth national party! Let a thousand parties bloom so we can truly be free!