Code Rood wrote:
The real power sits behind the curtain.
Both parties (democrat and republican) are controlled and financed by the same type of crowd and have basically the same policies on core issues like immigration and foreign policy. And you will know what I mean by ''the same type of crowd'' when you'll see the usual suspects on this forum undoubtedly get triggered. Not trying to brag, but I know what makes people upset or shake in fear.
It's not that simple.
For one thing, current immigration policies are a nightmare, and wildly different from what we've had in my lifetime.
For another thing, there are a number of power clusters. There is the East Coast Establishment. The financial guys are part of that group, but their agenda occasionally differs from the others.
Then there is the Kooky West, Koch Brothers, Addelson. They try to work behind the scenes, and they have transformed American politics for the worse.
There' the West coast tech guys.
Then there are the cultural groups, New England, South, West, appalachia, etc. They don't hold a lot of power, but they have a little pull.
Then there is the permanent government. That is many different groups with many different agendas. That gets really complicated. But some of them have pretty serious power.
These groups form alliances, some temp, some permanent. When the corn growing guys wanted to bring back gasahol, they teamed up with ADM and the Ag Dept. Oh, you should know the corn growers I am talking about are corporations. Suits, not farmers. It took them years to pull it off, but they got it done.
Actually, the Ag Dept is one of the most powerful agencies. Somehow it always flies under the radar.