Ted Rall for September 27, 2023

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    XF8U-3  5 months ago

    28% is also about the amount who gleefully follow a demented narcissist who will trash our country rather than admit he lost.

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    Erse IS better  5 months ago

    Why? Because most of us are willing to deal with reality that’s… as usual for real things… less than ideal.

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    knutdl  5 months ago

    Don’t be happy, worry.

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    mourdac Premium Member 5 months ago

    While the Founding Fathers (or at least several of them) warned against the formation of political parties, it worked as long as the parties worked together to pass legislation. Now that the Repubs have abrogated their duties, the system is breaking down.

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    GOGOPOWERANGERS  5 months ago

    28% live in disparity

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    VegaAlopex  5 months ago

    in answer to the question in the cartoon — because the corporate state hasn’t won yet; People still vote.

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    sykerocker  5 months ago

    You’re automatically assuming that a third party taking power would mean a renaissance of good government. That attitude just might be a tad optimistic. And, you’re also forgetting that the current electoral college system is built around a two-party handicap. Splitting the electoral vote in three or more ways ensures that nobody gets the necessary votes for election. You want improvement? Change the system first to one that is friendlier to multiple parties.

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    Andrew Davis Premium Member 5 months ago

    Two parties are the problem, Ted?!? The Dems, for all their flaws, have at least worked to improve nearly all these problems. GOP has opposed, thrown bombs to muck up constructive solutions, and lied without shame. False equivalence yet again.

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    mac04416  5 months ago

    I was taught that, as a US citizen, they are not rights but responsibilities. Regarding freedom of the press, the mainstream media is acting for one party or the other. Basically, acting irresponsibly. I am so disappointed with both parties. they are focused on their side ‘winning’ mor than working for the common good. Those that say it’s not ‘us’ but ‘them’ that is evil and bad, have been drinking too much kool-aid in their parties’ echo chamber.

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    Andrew Wheeler  5 months ago

    So all of the problems listed here are entirely due to Republicans seeking power rather than looking to govern well…and you call that a “both sides” problem?

    Once again, this is a “one side is breaking things purely for the sake of chaos, but the other side isn’t as pushy on my central issue as I want” thing.

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    TampaFanatic1  5 months ago

    Ted asks why only 28%: I think Ted has given us an answer in the strip. The media controls the directive of commentary. The big major networks and platforms influence the prominence of stories and opinions. If the media giants do not want to make a story go viral, they can kill it and they can also make it their headline. Most of this is simply capitalism; the media empires want viewership, subscriptions and click. They may not care if they are reporting the truth or they could slant it toward their agenda which is to appease sponsors and the profit margin. Fox is certainly guilty of this for protecting the alt-right agenda and other platforms have had bias towards other agendas, such as CNN’s bias toward Hillary in 2016 and Banker Joe in 2020. MSNBC saw this bias as a problem with Chris Matthews and had the common sense to launch the old corporate right of center tool into retirement but they still allow Joe and Mika to spout their BS….. Personally I think you have to look at smaller platforms like NPR, Mother Jones, Slate, Salon and The New Republic for factual news without alt-right and DNC bias.

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    ChristopherBurns  5 months ago

    I can think of a few reasons.

    1) Since Trump and his enablers (such as Mr. Rall) have pushed the idea that the news is corrupt, some don’t believes what the news tells.

    2) Many believe that their party is the one with the answers, they are NOT undecided voters.

    3) No credible third party is out there.

    4) Americans are so depressed they don’t care.

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member 5 months ago

    Because we/you expect the government to fix all things, provide all the necessities from cradle to grave, prevent storms/floods/fire, and fair weather everyday. A tad unrealistic but.. that’s what we expect, and.. as a side note, why trump is leading in the polls, he.. is promising to do all that.

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    Radish the wordsmith  5 months ago

    Republicans are why we can’t have anything nice.

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    ncorgbl  5 months ago

    72% don’t buy into the baloney hype.

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    Retrac Premium Member 5 months ago

    Good one, Mr. Rall!

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    martens  5 months ago

    I have said this repeatedly, but here goes again. Our problem is actually twofold. We really have 3 parties, since the Dixiecrat segment switches between the major parties depending on white supremacy considerations, hence the shift from Democrat to Republican in the southern states in the Nixon days and just after. The other major problem is the structure of Congress with “rules” that are not really rules or at least in any way covered in the Constitution. The filibuster is a major example of this rule, joined by the customs that allow a single senator to block consideration of executive appointments. The Tuberville example is a current one, but the McConnell blockade of the Garland nomination for the Supreme Court is an even more egregious one. The new get-the-speaker rule by Republicans in the House is another such rule.

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    Diane Lee Premium Member 5 months ago

    If we all woke up tomorrow morning and had no political parties or memory of their existence, it would be about ten AM when someone came up with a plan for making the world better ( according to their definition of better). By noon, they would have decided that they could do nothing on their own, but maybe they could get some other like minded people to help out and convince other people to want to make the world better too. By the next day, they would be organizing meetings to recruit assistance. By the election cycle, they would have picked out a name so they could identify the group they have formed, come up with positions on other matters that were important to other members of the group, and taken steps to keep the group together after the current world improvement is achieved. If it would make you feel better, we could call them committees, or kumquats, or whatever makes you happy, but political parties are human nature.

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    PraiseofFolly  5 months ago

    Archibald MacLeish rather encapsulated the mad circus-like present national and international political situations in his poem, “The End of the World”:


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    Diane Lee Premium Member 5 months ago

    In the entire history of American third party attempts to organize, which is in the hundreds, there has only been one that was successful. Generally, voting for third party candidates can be a good idea for local and statewide elections. A candidate can build a sufficient network of supporters and tell his or her story to every eligible vote. The reality is that most of third party candidates aren’t strong enough to win. Their ideas don’t resonate with significant numbers of voters and their personal charisma isn’t strong enough to attract significant numbers of voters. That is why they rarely win.

    At the national level, most strong candidates move to one of the major parties because it is a significantly easier way to win. And, if they have any real strength, the party will come looking for them. Joining a party allows a candidate to leverage infrastructure that is already built and get access to money that is already out there, and getting the voters who will uncritically vote for their party’s candidates. It is a lot easier to change a entire tribe’s way of thinking about things than it is to start a new tribe. As a result, most people running for national office from third parties are the kinds of people who would struggle to win in any election at any level and are simply doing it to call attention to their ideas. They have no expectation of winning.
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    smartgrr  5 months ago

    Another cartoon I can get behind. I’m not saying that a multi-party system will solve all of our woes, but right now politics is played like a two-team sport. It shouldn’t be about team loyalty, but about the issues and solutions to those issues. I would love to be able to vote for somebody based on their solutions not feel obligated to vote against somebody because they are a disastrous hack and completely unfit for office.

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    klbdds  5 months ago

    “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

    — John Adams, Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), “The Works of John Adams”, vol 9, p.511

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    klbdds  5 months ago

    The power struggles, egotism, and avarice of politicians have demonstrated that.

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    patrickab7  5 months ago

    Climate change will kill us all anyway? At this point: Good.

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    Arghhgarrr Premium Member 5 months ago

    Oh no politics have not solved everything all at once in the way I prefer so its all a waste of time!

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    piper_gilbert  5 months ago

    But the Republicans are protecting us from drag queens and transgenders. Doesn’t that count for anything?

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    GreggW Premium Member 4 months ago

    Why only 28%? The fact that Americans on average are the most politically, historically, scientifically ignorant people in the developed world may have something to do with that. Self-deception and establishment complacency help too.

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