SEE HERE This piece concludes: "The GOP elite aren’t really interested in winning the Presidency, and they certainly aren’t interested in shrinking government. Their main aim is to run a crony protection racket and maintaining the fascist system of governance for as long as the money holds out. All other goals are secondary."
So that's our problem. On the one hand we have the Democrats, dominated by far left Marxist collectivists (we used to call them Communists but that's no longer politically correct) who are bent on turning the country into a centrally planned, socialist state while we transition to the true utopian world of communism. The fact that it has never worked anywhere is just because the implementers weren't the anointed arrogant bunch that are now bent on improving on previous failed experiments. Then on the other hand we have the Republicans (at least the establishment Republicans) who seem bent on holding onto power but whose ideas are pale imitations of those advanced by their adversaries. They ignore their grassroots and the increasingly vocal Libertarians among them and put up phony candidates with no ideas and no charisma. What could go wrong?
We've seen a parade of lackluster candidates, people like Ford, Dole, McCain, and Romney go spiraling down to defeat. It's now reached the point where many people just don't go to the polls. Why bother when Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum are the only candidates?