Is it possible for America to combine the two faces of capitalism and socialism responsibly and compassionately? The formation of a real third party might remedy the ongoing struggle and its resulting gridlock between the two opposing parties. Many believe that, not only is this possible, but that it is crucial to our survival as a nation!
Not since the great depression has the rent between the super-wealthy and the abject poor been this wide. The statistics that show the level of enjoyment for the rich simultaneously with the complete and utter loss of lifestyle for the impoverished and middle class in America are despicable, to say the least!
As ordinary Americans struggle with job loss, inadequate or no health care insurance coverage and the loss of opportunities to prosper in America due to outsourcing and staggeringly low wages, sales of luxury items appear to be down this year, but the wealthy are still accumulating vast amounts of wealth at an alarming rate. What is wrong with this picture? Plenty!
While the wealthy may feel a greater sense of guilt from this fact, their guilt does nothing to bridge the gap. The banks and Wall Street absolutely refuse to either pay back or loan money to small business and individuals, even after being bailed out by the taxpayers to the tune of four trillion dollars. Any action taken by the Obama administration to correct this selfishness is invariably seen as interference in the "free market!"
If this gridlock in Washington is not broken up soon, America will be bankrupt and owned by foreign investors. Is this really what we want?
So, with growing anger while watching the news, C-SPAN, and the “Party of No” fighting all proposals on the floor of the Senate, we, the American people have had enough! The Washington Journal’s morning call-in-show usually broadcasts a broad spectrum of voices. Now, the call for a third party in this country is rising up and can be heard loudly, even from little old ladies, let alone the left! Thomas Frank, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, has suggested that the current fiscal crisis is seen by the right as a way to keep domestic spending to a minimum, and that this was started by the deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy brought by the Reagan, Clinton, and Bush 1 and 2 administrations.
While it appears the tea party participants are being given credence by the media and even Washington right now, they are definitely not our answer. The tea party rallies are made up of predominately white, conservative Americans with a grass roots look thanks to street crowds and conventions held in town halls and hotel banquet facilities.
Here is David Keene, talking about the Conservative Political Action Conference, the conservative agenda, the role of the tea party movement, and the future of the Republican Party. He is trying to help assure that this party will blend with and strengthen the already existing Republican Party. In a recent development, Sarah Palin has been replaced as a keynote speaker at the upcoming tea party convention by Washington Post conservative columnist, George Will.
So, while everything we hold dear appears to be slipping away for some Americans, while others are prospering as never before, we must all face this simple truth. We need a viable third party to bring some balance and to help end this two-way power struggle. The people demand it!