...But I'm not impressed with what I'm seeing these days; the permitted debate is more over exactly how we want our socialism served up and if we want fries with that than any real issues -- and it ignores a very real divide in public opinion.
Leading up to the presidential election, public opinion was overwhelmingly opposed to bailing out lenders, so much so it crashed the phone system serving Congressional offices. Didn't make any difference. The same thing happened with automakers begging for a bailout and the porkulous bill -- and received little coverage and made no difference.
Oh, the two parties continue to spit and spat and the GOP is back to playing, with adequate skill, a dog in the Congressional manger; but I believe the issues that divide Washington are not the issues that divide public opinion. While the blinkered faithful remain content to be led by posturing politicos and an increasingly lazy media, more and more citizens are finding their voices are not heard. It is a trend that, if it goes on long enough, could lead to another realignment in the party system. It has happened before. Could it be about to happen again? I don't know.
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