Thomas Friedman unloads against both parties

There is something crazy about what is going on in our country today. Our fiscal condition continues on an unsustainable path, the European currency is heading for a crackup, the Arab world is in the midst of a crackup, unemployment is creeping upward and basically our two parties are telling us that they will not make the reforms that we know are necessary because it would involve too much pain and could imperil their chances of winning the presidency in 2012.

Maybe it is just my friends, but I find more and more people completely disgusted by this situation and looking for a serious Third Party candidate who could run in 2012 and deliver the shock therapy to the corrupt, encrusted, two-party duopoly now running the show in America.

Our political class is not beholden to the people. They are beholden to their corporate contributors, addicted to campaign “contributions”, and really,. we’re just not very important to them.

That’s why things never seem to change. But they will. Just look at what’s happening the Middle East now.


  1. Have you noticed that things are changing in the Middle East – but not because of who got elected? A Third Party is no silver bullet. To otain the muscle and money necessary to challenge the existing virtual one-party state,. they will have to accept help from those very same corporations, and will become corrupted just like anyone else who goes to Washington.

    The leadership of our strong central government is not the problem. The strong central government is the problem.

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