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  •  This is what happens in a system with (1+ / 0-)
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    first-past-the-post voting that is run by one political party with two factions.

    Every single problem you describe isn't just a problem with Republicans, it's a problem with Democrats, and in any case it does represent a problem with our system of elections as a whole.

    Every time a person votes, he's voting for a specific candidate that is by and large the product of the political party with which he self-identifies--and irrespective of what he believes or what the party's purported platform is.

    Our system of elections isn't set up to be responsive to voters' preferences on any matter; it's rigged--by both parties--to preserve incumbents' (and by extension the parties') power.

    That's why even though we're all about to eat an Austerity Shit Sandwich a bunch of people are still going to vote for the democratic representatives and senators who vote for the Sandwich and claim the noble mantle of "pragmatic" (instead of acknowledging the truth--that they're essentially mindlessly supporting a political party) while they do it.

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