There Should be a Revolution Every Two Years: Are You the Dog who Returns to Its Vomit?

According to one common interpretation of Thomas Jefferson's maxim that there should be a revolution every twenty years, Jefferson was not in fact stating the necessity of a violent and bloody uprising once a generation, but rather underscoring the revolutionary aspect of representative, democratic government.  If the scoundrels can simply be voted out of office, there is no need to hunt them down and string them up from the trees in front of their office.

But under the conditions of the two-party state and duopoly system of government, voting the scoundrels out of office is a virtual impossibility, as the scoundrels are firmly in control of both the Democratic and Republican parties.  The two-party system has effectively reached a stage at which neither of the ruling parties offers a viable vehicle for the representation of the people's interests.  The more quickly the Democratic and Republican parties exchange majority and minority status, from one election to the next, the more certain we can be that voters recognize the major parties are simply incapable of representing our interests.   Bob Morris writes at CAIVN:
The upcoming midterms are shaping up to be a train wreck for Democrats too. Something similar happened to Republicans in 2008. Scanning blog posts from conservatives just after that election is instructive. Some were wondering if the Republican Party could survive such a defeat. Yet, just two years later, the Republican Party is seemingly resurgent. I say "seemingly" because huge shifts in voter sentiment like this in such a short period show that voters are increasingly unhappy with both parties, and searching for answers. Clearly, this could be an opening for the development of third parties with real clout. It's happened before.
And it can happen again.  In an article for Op-Ed News, Curt Day calls for a third party and independent revolution this November:
That is right, we can start to overthrow our government this November! How? We can dethrone it by voting out both the Republican and Democratic parties! Though we cannot vote out either part this election, it can be a start. Why vote out both parties? Considering our past, whenever we vote for either of the two main political parties, we act as what was described in Proverbs 26:11: "Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly."

Think about it. Either the Republicans or Democrats create a mess. The voters respond by voting in the other party. Then that party either maintains the mess or makes it worse. So the party that created the mess tells us that they have the solutions to our problems. And so we, like sheep, follow their voice and vote them in again. And this cycle continues on and on. Thus, the American voter becomes the fool who refuses to change and thus repeats his lunacy.

If you vote Republican or Democratic, you are the dog who returns to its vomit for yet another helping.


Samuel Wilson said...

Unfortunately, the dogs convince themselves too easily that a fresh garnish makes a different dish. As long as each party can produce new faces to run for office every cycle, it can convince voters that last time's mistakes were the fault of individuals (e.g. GW Bush) while the party still provides the sole alternative to incumbents who have allegedly already failed. With the collaboration of Tea Partiers, the GOP hopes to convince a disgruntled public that they ain't like that no more. While you'd think that the easiest way for someone to prove that would be not to be a Republican, it looks like many Americans will fall for it anyway.

d.eris said...

lol... indeed, which goes right back to battered voter syndrome. "I've really changed this time baby, I really have." The most perverse part, though, is that so many people consciously recognize that the Republicans aren't any better and find them even less favorable than the Democrats, judging from recent polls. This is the hostage situation that is the two-party state.