William Thien

The Machine Language of Modern American Politics

Posted on: June 22, 2012

The problem with Modern American Politics is that it is offered up to the American Public in the form of a machine language. Modern American Politics is binary thought in its purest form. Modern American Politics is to a greater extent comprised of two parties, two powerful media wielding, media cajoling, dissent stifling parties. Modern American Politics is Democrat vs. Republican. It is yes or no. Like a machine, Modern American Politics is ‘on or off’. It is ‘us vs. them’. It is ‘good vs. evil’. Like a computer’s binary thought, Modern American Poltics is 0 or 1. In its current form Modern American Politics is a machine language. You are either for us, or you are against us. Particularly divisive, if we continue down this path the country will suffer.

Seemingly extreme at both ends, one party or the other, Modern American Politics offers little middle ground and as a result those in the middle classes suffer the most as both sides tug at middle, tug at the middle for taxes, tug at the middle for political ground, yank the middle to the limit.

One can see evidence of division in the elections with close presidential race after close presidential race as voters go to the ballot box to make a choice of what is often referred to as “the lesser of two evils.” There it is again. Yes or no. On or off. 0 or 1. Two choices. Machine language.

Is this part of the design of our political system or is there something going on behind the scenes, something preventing general consent?

Given the circumstances, why hasn’t a third party begun to take hold in a significant way? Is it due to the massive amounts of money the two major parties have? Why hasn’t the media helped bring the country out of this condition? Is the media a whore and at the same time the Judas to be bought by the two major parties with the intent of stifling upstarts? Should the media have conditional right such as free speech?

The media certainly love this perpetual campaign advertising season the country seems to have been in for the last several years with recall after recall and contentious battle after contentious campaign battle. Where is campaign finance reform? You don’t hear the media asking that question, do you? No, they are making too much loot. At our expense, I should add. Does the media really deserve free speech, then?

It may not be time for a third party. But the country is divided. And it is time to see to things. Before somebody flips the switch, flips the switch on the freedom to do something about it that is.

Copyright © William Thien 2012

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