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The Environment

There are many areas where both republicans and democrats, while claiming to be different, follow identical policies to the detriment of all. Most areas can be corrected over time, but the environment is different. While other areas can be corrected for future generations, there is a strong and growing consensus among scientists that if we reach certain tipping points, there is no turning back. Future generations may judge us very harshly.

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Civil Rights

We do not become a safer or stronger nation through civil rights violations. We all should be concerned about the ever increasing number of rights we are losing that this article documents.

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Continuous Wars

Wars are more than very expensive in lives and money. (Ask a veteran or teacher whose support has been cut because it is "unaffordable.") The longer they are the less effective they become. How many wars are we fighting now? Certainly we are fighting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Bahrain, Syria and are beating the drums for war in Iran. Author Kevin Gosztola suggests an even more expanded list and says, "Altogether, that makes 74 nations where the US is fighting or “helping” some force in some proxy struggle..." (See reference 116) This article documents that the policy of expanding the number and scope of wars remain constant and unchanging in both parties.

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The Economy

One of the greatest economic failures in history was a gamble not justified by any economics text. The references here show that - though they claim to be different - both parties in the United States have been following the same disastrous policies.

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Economic Graphs and Videos

Often graphs, charts, and videos can display a large amount of information clearly to make it easy to see trends. Many here illustrate how we are are trending in the wrong direction and have been for decades. These charts and graphs also serve as a supplement to the article The Economy under the Democratic/Republican Uni-Party.

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Education

A decline in public education and making higher education largely unaffordable except to those willing to become indentured servants for most of their lives means we are becoming more and more like a third world country.

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Election Reform is Needed

Our democracy is at peril. In a system where money equals speech, the rich can afford to drown out the rest. In a system where money equals speech, the rich can afford to drown out the rest. They own mainstream media outlets, fund the Commission on Presidential Debates, bankroll think tanks and policy institutes, fund academic research, finance artificial grassroots (“astroturf”) organizations — in short, the wealthy have built a propaganda empire that manufactures consent for all things contrary to the public interest.

In addition, they underwrite influence factories like the American Legislative Exchange Council, institutionalizing and streamlining the quid pro quo process and matching corporate contributors with legislators-for-hire in a highly structured arrangement that leaves voters entirely out of the loop. The recent Citizens United ruling was the final blow to American democracy, which is now for sale to the highest bidder.

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Healthcare

We pay more than any other industrialized country but have the least to show for it both in terms of health and coverage. It does not matter which party is in power.

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The Powerless Press

A democratic republic is impossible without a free and independent press, and yet there is an ever increasing trend to diminish this vital element.

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Diminishing Transparency

Less transparency and more secrecy are bad for a democratic republic. Unfortunately this is an increasing trend documented in this article.

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