gridlock

Democrats want social programs to help the less fortunate and bolster, through universality, fundamental services such as health care, education and social security. Republicans, on the other hand, want less government intervention such that they can spend their money as they wish even if that means that the gap between rich and poor widens.

These are polar opposite approaches to governing a population which is why there is such an inability to cooperate on policy and laws which will apply to the American people.

Republicans have moved further right than the Democrats have moved left which has resulted in the entire country moving a little further to the political right. The appeasement of fringe groups has resulted in a dangerous union based on special interests which should have little to do with proper governance. This has left the United States hopelessly gridlocked and unable to agree on even the most fundamental issues of public policy.

Now with a fake populist liar in the White House things have gotten worse in that those in most need of help from Democratic policies are voting against their own interests because they don't know better or are fed up of the status quo and wanted to stir the pot by electing a novice who promised change.

But even if you disregard the blip on the radar that is Trump, this stalemate between two opposing parties is perhaps doing doing irreparable damage to a republic teetering on the edge of self destruction.

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  1. "Democrats want social programs to help the less fortunate and bolster, through universality, fundamental services such as health care, education and social security. Republicans, on the other hand, want less government intervention such that they can spend their money as they wish even if that means that the gap between rich and poor widens."

    Meh. There are a minority of Democrats on the left, who represent the majority of the country, who want to help the less fortunate.

    Most elected Democrats have sympathies towards those less fortunate, and are libertarian socially, but don't really want to do anything for anyone except the oligarchs who pay them to be politicians.

    Republicans have simply become an alliance of corporatists, fascists and Objectivists. They're not sane. They're neither republican (small r) nor democratic (small d). They're just bullies, liars and thieves.

    The world is entering a neo-feudal stage in which tribalism, nationalism and strongmen are becoming the driving forces controlling the corporate serfs and hoi polloi while the corporate nobility gets whatever it wants.

    Unless the basic "center left" prevalent in Canada and Western Europe (which in the US is considered "kooky far leftist communism) can get its proper representation here, things look bleak politically.

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