Very astute. You would think it is the system devised by the founders or structured by the constitution. It evolved rapidly around certain leaders and philosophies. Parties may come and go, but there are always two who dwarf everyone else. Right now, it should be obvious that these two factions are not adept at successful government. They have forgotten that the people are the ruling class around here.
I am an independent, and we rarely have anyone to vote for, unless you want to waste your vote on a fringe candidate with good ideas to make a statement in a void. Right now, registered independents are close to 25% of voters. On TV political forums and the like, the question is always which of the two main party candidates will the Independents vote for.
Maybe we are closing in on producing one of our own.
We like Buddy Roemer. He was in state politics in Louisiana before retiring from public life to start a bank. It is a small regional bank. The FDIC under Timothy Franz Geithner (with advisement from Deutsche Bank and others) has been closing regional banks, "stiffing" the stockholders for their assets and giving them to the "too big to fail" TARP recipients for the cost of the paperwork. Roemer's bank stood strong against this successful ploy to centralize the banking system under the auspices of the Federal Reserve Bank. Roemer did not foreclose on his customers. He restructured loans and worked with regional business to keep afloat. It has paid off, and they are scratching their way back.
I like Roemer's approach. He is sick of big money calling the shots. He will not take more than $100 from each donor. The parties don't take him seriously. People up North don't have much respect for Louisiana. They forget that the Bank of New Orleans had more investment money than anyone before the civil war. It's all in New York now, and they don't know how to handle it. Anyway, I'm voting for him and sending $25 to the campaign. He may not get elected, but we are hoping to pave the way for a real representative party.
Voters have plenty of freedom. We haven't been using it.