Guest Column: The continuing party shuffle

I shudder at the demise of George W. Bush from, and the ascendancy of Hillary Clinton to, the presidency. It seems to be a Hobson’s choice, with no clear alternative of returning our nation to the independence it once enjoyed under the Founding Fathers.

At age 78, I have lived through many presidencies, starting with Franklin D. Roosevelt. I could never understand the steady drift away from national independence, both during Democrat and Republican administrations, over the generations. Then, I bought the book by Professor Carroll Quigley called Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (, and found out why this is going on.

It is not by happenstance; in fact, it follows a design advocated by Carroll Quigley. The late Georgetown University professor explained: “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

In addition to this, Quigley argued, there is one other benefit to having two political parties, each with the same program. Should either party become corrupt or unenterprising while in office, “Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.”

Now, I can understand why Democrat Jimmy Carter gave away our Panama Canal, to be followed by Republican Ronald Reagan, who ran up our national debt. I can understand why Republican George H. W. Bush told us we are in a New World Order, and why he then ceded his campaign to Democrat Bill Clinton, who then gave away our weapons technology to the Communist Chinese, and gave them the management of the Panama Canal.

Now, we have Republican George W. Bush moving to merge our nation with the North American continent, while Democrat Hillary Clinton will pretend to rescue us from this fate. And always there seems to be the same outfit in the background, subtly and covertly steering us into less freedom and independence.

I think the solution is to get the American people, as a whole, to understand this process before anything can be done.

Frank Pelteson is a resident of Las Vegas, Nev.

From the July 5-11, 2006, issue

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