Information Technology, Politics

Death of the 2 Party System

Whether you are watching the twitching of the Republican dinosaurs in Springfield, Illinois or watching politics on the national level you have to come to the same conclusion. The 2 party system of graft, corruption and cronieism has died. Its last few surviving dinosaurs lie twitching and shivering in the nuclear winter where they will forever be denied food making the outcome predetermined. Odd since they had been so good about predetermining the outcome of investigations before they started for so long.

The 2 party system started dying during the Clinton administration when Janet Reno not only didn’t put any Microsoft officials in prison, but didn’t prosecute them for calling Windows 3.1 an “operating system” on the box and in advertising when it was no more than a task switching application on top of DOS. Lotus 123 and Borland Sidekick had just as much right to be called an “operating system” as it did.

Today it is obvious to all the 2 party system has failed spectacularly. Public trust is non-existent. Agendas are bought and sold by Wall Street elite and the damage done to the middle class by the combination of off-shoring and massive visa worker abuse has been almost complete. Spin doctors toss around “statistics” showing the middle class to be much larger than it really is. It is not until you push the issue and get them to finally admit they use an annual income of $45,000 to define “middle class” that you realize just how completely fabricated those “statistics” really are.

Another anomaly is this definition of Gen-X and Baby Boomer. They tend to include people born all the way up to 1964 in the Baby Boomer generation but most people born in the early 60s don’t fit any of the Baby Boomer descriptions. Other than age we have little in common with them. Few of us believe voting for a party is worth voting against issues we care about. Most of us don’t really fit into the descriptions of Gen-X either.

Now we have Millennials. In truth Millennials are closer in definition to the lost generation covering that span of years between the real end of Baby Boomers and the real beginning of Gen-x. The lost generation watched the factories close with the first wave of off-shoring. Many of us were college age or near enough. Some were both lucky and skilled enough to work in the emerging tech industries while others were crushed. Millennials have watched parents eat endless miles of corporate feces trying to keep their jobs only to be replaced by a visa worker or have the entire plant off-shored anyway.

I didn’t care much for Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. This whole “defund ObamaCare” thing the dying twitching dinosaurs keep championing will be their end. Obamacare isn’t perfect, but it can be fixed. Most thinking creatures realize this and Millennials tend to be made up of thinking creatures. I can remember generations before me using expressions like “that’s above my pay grade” when it came to political decisions. The number of times I heard “glad I don’t have that job” when people discussed elected officials is simply uncountable. The generations which wanted to be lead are in nursing homes or gone now. The ones who will blindly follow a party or a leader are thankfully a dwindling few.

While most people paid no attention to her speech, Ivanka Trump fired the shot across the bow both parties have failed to heed.

“Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat.”

Millennials and the lost generation have this in common. At least that section of the lost generation who worked in tech have that in common with Millennials. Since Millennials grew up with so much of our tech it is not surprising. In tech you solve one problem at a time. I’ve often wondered if Millennials all read “Peopleware” and the first edition of “The Secrets of Consulting.” Both Millennials and the lost generation seem to adhere to “Rudy’s Rutabaga Rule.” Your second worst problem becomes your first worst problem after you solve your first worst problem. Trying to solve both at once won’t get you anywhere.

Honestly, I’ve loaned my copies of these out so much I don’t think I have either of them anymore. They really are childhood fables for adults. Adhere to their lessons and you won’t have a bad life. Too bad politicians seem to have never read this books. Some may have skimmed them but they didn’t actually read them.

Millennials also watched while over a trillion dollars was sucked from the global economy without a single Wall Street executive going to prison. A Super PAC contribution here, speaking fees there and vola! The shareholders eat the token fines while the perpetrators of the crimes walk free still collecting massive salaries and bonuses. Millennials also watched Bernie Madoff get 150 years in prison for a financial scam which recovered roughly 60 cents on the dollar. Obviously he didn’t fund enough Super PACs or pay enough in speaking fees.

So, now we have a generation, some of which are now 30-somethings, in both their prime earning years and their prime voting years who are used to being perpetually connected. They don’t have to be activists or hold protests, they simply have to trend. In political years past getting a million people to care about something was expensive and annoying. Today Millennials can get a million plus people to join their cause without the news media even knowing about it. One blog post, one chat site or one whatever that the media isn’t following.

They (Millennials) live in the gig economy knowing full well corporate America would screw them over royally if they ever took a traditional job. They value life experiences with their friends and loved ones over the trappings the twitching dinosaurs cherish. When they decide to show up, they won’t be showing up alone. They also won’t be showing up for a political party. With Gary Johnson’s position of “anyone should get a work visa” they won’t be showing up for him either. He’s taken the absolute worst plank of the Republican Dinosaur platform and stood on it. He keeps sending out emails wondering why he cannot get to the 15% threshold to appear in the debates, well, because only the upper 1% believe that plank is worth standing on. Oddly enough Jill Stein, the green party presidential candidate from Illinois hasn’t yet posted anything on her Web site (that I can find) about abolishing all visa programs until we hit 100% employment. Perhaps she will finally weigh in on the issue.

When even Disney is trying to replace U.S. workers with visa workers corruption has gone too far. Millennials see this. Most of them are in the tech world and being victimized by the rampant visa abuse in this country. Trump is completely off-base worrying about Mexicans coming in to do nasty physical labor. It is the decimation of high paying jobs via visa abuse and misuse that is Rudy’s Rutabaga for both Millennials and the lost generation. Even the Department of Labor has abandoned the America workforce.

We can only hope Jill Stein will smell the tea brewing and adopt the plank which will propel her onto the debate stage.