Correction -- Third parties are excluded from elections because of funding limits set by congress. Third party ideas are the ones that people are least familiar with, they would benefit most from extensive ad campaigns, and would be funded by a few ideologues with lots of money. Expecting the entire populace to stand up and embrace something totally unknown is silly -- how can you vote for *blank* when you don't know who *blank* is?
Support on measures against political donations and advertisements are, while well mannered, foolish. Supporting them is essentially admission that you think Americans are too stupid to think for themselves. If this is the case, why do you support democracy? You are essentially arguing that the television should only be allowed to display political thought when it is commercial supported. Thus we are stuck with the status quo -- right wing charactures who seek to limit social freedom and have only a rough understanding of the free market, and liberal news casts which subtly, through both what they say and what they do not, pervade their ideology into people. Government broadcasting similarly reflects those in government already. These cater to existing views, one cannot make money and get people to watch a program if the ideas expressed are foreign to them.
Tea partiers come off as stupid and/or ignorant because there is no public (meaning here commonly known) domain from which an articulate discourse can follow. They do not know how to voice their government concerns, so they rabble rabble about what they want. Since this is no way to get anywhere, it was natural that the religious right hijacked it.
The left does not need complication, as their arguments about the poor require no thought at all, it is easy to call someone a bad person for not caring about our fellow men. Advanced dialogue would simply make their job harder. On the most base, stupid level of argument which america is subjected to, liberals win and will always win.
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