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We’ve been conditioned politically to think in terms of left and right, red and blue. This is not only the case in America, but also in other “democratic” countries that always tend to end up with the same old two-party system as well. You would think we were talking about sports instead of politics. But I guess the analogy is fitting seeing as whichever party “wins” makes no significant difference in the final tally. I mean, does it really matter existentially today who won last year’s Super Bowl or the World Cup the year before? Does it have any meaningful effect on my life whatsoever?

The reality is the only difference between the parties is rhetoric. Consider last November’s mid-term elections. Since that time the Congress has been under Republican control. In six months we haven’t seen any shift in policy or a change in the general direction the country is headed. It could be argued that these changes take time—that the value of the two houses of Congress and the three branches of government lies in their tendency toward gridlock. But the original intent of the division of governmental powers was to make it very difficult to change the Constitution. This political concept has been completely flipped around so that presently its the Constitution itself that tends to get stonewalled.

When the President doesn’t like what Congress is doing, he ignores it and waves his magic executive order wand. When the Congress has the ability to actually reverse policy, it finds every excuse not to. Even if you aren’t a Republican, Republican Party representatives were elected by the American people to implement their agenda. But nothing has changed concerning immigration, the economy, the right to life, mass (illegal) surveillance, federalization of the police, or any of a dozen other current and pertinent issues. So if there’s no change, what’s was the point?

The point is there’s not supposed to be any change, only the illusion of it. Simply switch mascots, hone the tone of the speeches and cycle the faces behind the podium; the public will assume there’s been real change. Works every time. But at least people are finally waking up to the charade. The two party system is an illusion. Behind it lies only one party—an oligarchy.

We shouldn’t be surprised at this. The historical struggle is not between left and right, liberals and conservatives, or communists and fascist—with so-called moderates in the middle. The struggle is between totalitarianism and liberty. Always has been, always will be. The establishment’s trick is to take the public’s focus off of the real power-brokers and put it on the political parties. And this mechanism has proved wildly successful time and time again. When the same corporate and elite interests stand in the shadows pulling the strings of both parties, there is in fact no real difference between the two.

Once political science is reduced to its common denominators—liberty vs. totalitarianismthe smoke clears and one can see the wizard(s) behind the curtain. Suddenly, it all makes sense. Until that point of realization, however, there can be no real change.