Anybody raised in the 80’s surely must remember this dialog from Ghostbusters:
Gozer: Sub-creatures! Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, the Traveller has come! Choose and perish!
Ray Stantz: What do you mean, choose? We don’t understand!
Gozer: Choose! Choose the form of the Destructor!
Peter Venkman: Oh, I get it. Real cute! [to the others] Whatever we think of– if we think of J. Edgar Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover will appear and destroy us, okay? So empty your heads, don’t think of anything. We’ve only got one shot at this.
Gozer: The choice is made!
Peter Venkman: Whoa! Hold on!
Gozer: The Traveller has come!
Peter Venkman: Nobody chose anything! [turns to Egon] Did you choose anything?
Egon Spengler: No.
Peter Venkman: [to Winston] Did you?
Winston Zeddemore: My mind is totally blank.
Peter Venkman: I didn’t choose anything.
[All three slowly turn to look at Ray]
Ray Stantz: I couldn’t help it. It just popped in there.
Peter Venkman: [sternly] What? What “just popped in there?”
Ray Stantz: I- I- I tried to think…
Egon Spengler: Look!
[They all look over one side of the roof]
Ray Stantz: No! It can’t be!
Peter Venkman: What is it?
Ray Stantz: It can’t be!
Peter Venkman: What did you do, Ray?!
Winston Zeddemore: Oh, shit!
[They all see a giant cubic white head topped with a sailor hat]
Ray Stantz: [sighs, resigned] It’s the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
That leads me up to this question: Is America a two-party dictatorship, where you choose the lesser of the two evils?
The Gallup organization earlier this year determined that 40% of voters identify themselves as independents. (Source.) Yet, how many Americans know you don’t have to pick “R” or “D” in the voting booth?
Americans are used to twos. Sporting events feature one team taking on another. Good and evil. Yin and yang. Black and white. Numerous examples of twos abound.
With ballot access laws they way they are, it makes it nearly impossible for any 3rd party candidate to gain access (hell, not even all the GOP candidates are on the ballot in all 50 states!).
So, you get to vote for corporate controlled crony #1, or corporate controlled crony #2.
Perhaps this is so nothing ever really changes? After all, Republicans have been demonstrating that they are really just “Democrat lite” for a while now.
This post was inspired by this RT video: Two-Party Dictatorship: US choosing lesser evil?
Who are your favorite candidates for President that are virtually unknown?