Two highly respected analysts suggest that the American political system is even worse than it looks. They argue that the emergence of parliamentary-style parties in America is a formula for "willful obstruction" and gridlock. They fear that the coming election will neither affirm the existing order nor accomplish sweeping change "in a way that will recreate a functional and legitimate political process" http://econ.st/J21Rei
The political system has reached the stage where it is primarily interested in maintaining the status quo, regardless of the cost. True change will come when that strategy is no longer sustainable. I suspect that day is not too far off.
Amen to that! The two parties seem so stagnant when it comes to substantive issues that it will take a the force of implosion/collapse of the current system for real change to occur. With >$1T annual deficits this is all but inevitable. The question is when it will happen and who it well effect most. (Well, the latter is obviously the poor who are not politically connected with the central elite...)