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"The Whole Government Has Become Ridiculous"

Words spoken by a member of the government that is ridiculous. Howard Dean, Chair of the Democratic National committee, uttered this on the Keith Olbermann show. Of course, he was referring to the Bush Administration and their obvious ridiculousness but his comment applies to him, and the entire political system in the US.

What is ridiculous is that two political parties can accurately reflect the diverse opinions, cultures and values of 300 million people. Think about it. Think how narrowly the debates must be framed, how the issues need to be defined by power in order for this to work. In terms of debate, if it's not an official talking point of either party then the issue is not raised.

Two parties, both comprised of the same classmates from college days (Bush & Kerry, both members of Skull & Bones at Yale) taught the same things by the same professors, both of whom raise campaign funds the same way, both of whom deal with lobbyists the same way, both of whom require you to be wealthy before you can even consider running for office, and both are deep in the pockets of defense contractors, corporations and wealthy individuals.

I like Howard Dean. He seems to be sincere and passionate about what he believes, doesn't look to be a war monger (although would probably have no choice but to be) and he most definitely would have been a better choice than Kerry for the 2004 election. But the disingenuousness remains. He's a political veteran and certainly knows how the system works and so must be aware that the system doesn't work, that the majority - the vast majority of Americans have no voice in the government that is theirs, that should be them, unless they can scrape some cash together.

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