Third Party & Independents Archives

A Narcissism of Small Differences

The 2004 presidential election is shaping up to be the biggest fraud perpetrated upon the people of the United States since the presidential election of 2000. While mainstream pundits attempt to play up the differences between Bush and Kerry, it should be clear to anyone who’s been paying attention that the many points of agreement between these two candidates are disquieting at best.

The anti-war contingent, on both the left and the right, seems to be most accutely aware of the problem posed by these many similarities, but too few take their line of thought to its logical conclusion and charge that the two-party system is fatally flawed.

With all the talk of "political polarization" one could think that the duopoly parties were moving in opposite directions. In that case, the striking similarities between Bush and Kerry's various positions on major issues (for example, the war, trade, immigration etc.) would appear paradoxical or anomalous, as would the virulent antagonism between their respective supporters. John Cockburn believes the results of a recent global study of mental illness help to explain the widespread support for the Bush and Kerry campaigns. The study of fouteen nations found that rates of mental illness are highest in the United States, with just over one out of every four people in the US suffering from some form of mental ailment.

We're all familiar with the Republican right's conviction that the Democrats have come "unhinged," and Democrats clearly feel the same way about the Republicans. The only conclusion to be drawn here is that they're both right.

Posted by charles sanson at June 22, 2004 6:51 PM