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The two major parties need competition

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

The Democrats' lack of fight on the health-care debate and the Barack Obama birth certificate (non)conspiracy are precisely why I'm a registered independent. While the GOP has riled up protesters and pundits to bleat like the sheep did in George Orwell's "Animal Farm," interrupting healthy political discourse with their own versions of "Four legs good, two legs bad!" the Dems have taken a "Now, now, there, there" approach that hasn't made a dent in the misinformation or downright lies from the right. Perhaps trying to out-shout your opponents doesn't get much accomplished, but at least it shows you care for the truth!

The comedian Lewis Black has it dead on. The Republicans are the party of bad ideas, the Democrats are the party of no ideas. With seemingly total control of Congress and the White House, they have allowed a party that was deader than Jason Voorhees from the endless "Friday the 13th" series such a resurrection as to make him envious. We may not have liked what George W. Bush got done, but the fact remains that he and his henchmen got it done! I see none of that from today's administration.

What this country desperately needs is five or six more viable political parties rather than being locked into the two-party system, which leaves voters nowhere to go when both sides stink. If the argument against socialism is that it discourages competition, then let several different players fight for our vote. Trust me, a campaign promise is not so easy to disregard when we have the option to go elsewhere and have it matter.

DAN WARNER
Bellevue

 

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