A few days ago, I was sitting with one of my friends in a restaurant, and the conversation turned to politics.
"The Republicans are..." I began. "Well, both parties are incompetent."
This, we agreed, nicely summed things up. The Repbulicans are because they cannot run a country, and the Democrats are because cannot run an election, even against an opponent as incompetent as our current government.
I got to wondering if this will be a permenant state of affiars. Here's the rub: incompetence isn't much of a rallying cry. "He ignored good expert advice" doesn't bring people people to the polls like "he's getting our boys killed in an unjust war." In the future, we may hope that major social problems disappear, which leaves nothing to get excited about, just hard to fight, low-grade incompetence.
The Republican/Democratic dichotomy also gives reasons for a continued status. The political reality is in a race between a guy who can run a government and a guy who can run a campaign, the latter will win.
I predict that America's future will be one of governance by master electioneers who can't do much else. Who will stop them? I like to think myself relatively well informed, but can I, working only part-time to keep myself informed, really compete with operatives working around the clock to misinform me? It seems that anyone with a life is doomed to be a sheep. Baah.
Welcome to your future, America.