The problems facing America are enormous. The country is in deep, deep trouble: spiraling inequality, outrageous levels of poverty, food insecurity, a crumbling infrastructure, a dangerously unregulated finance system, a rapidly increasing student debt crisis and an impending environmental catastrophe. On top of that, the political system is now so corrupt and defunct that it can’t even begin to tackle these problems, leaving it to non profits, churches and charities to provide band aid solutions. There used to be a day when the political parties could work together to solve America’s problems. But not now. The radicalization of the GOP and the emergence of the Tea Party has neutered any hope of cooperation, making politics in Washington a poisonous, deeply revolting spectacle that is fast bringing the country to its knees.
If you take the Tea Party and other vicious factions of the GOP out of the equation, there could be some hope for the political process. But how the hell do you do that when the deeper the countries problems are, the more powerful they get?
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Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.