A gigantic monster has taken over our country, a two-headed sovereign that controls our federal, local, and state governments. This two-headed creature, which has one head of a donkey and the other of an elephant, has a monopoly of power in the political economy of these United States.
The most simple and well-known fact about the political economy in America is that it is ruled completely by the same two political factions. This widely known fact itself is often overlooked in most political debates. Almost all federal, state, and even local government officials are members of one of these two parties. Interestingly, the modern day Democratic Party was referred to as the "Democratic-Republican Party" until the late 1820s.
This sovereign's power lies not just within the government itself, but within the barriers of the two-party paradigm. The barriers of this realm go as far "left" as the mainstream left would go, and as far "right" as the mainstream right would go. Ron Paul's truly conservative view on foreign aid, for example, is outside the barriers of both the mainstream right and the mainstream left, leaving it thus outside the barriers of mainstream politics and not eligible for debate.