- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 30, 1999

Shrinking choices in the political arena

I find much irony in Monday's article regarding the Freedom in the World survey ("Liberty expands in century," World, Dec. 27). It mentions countries with "restricted democratic practices," defined as "countries with systems in which a single party exercises long-term political dominance and the role of opposition parties is limited."
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;In America, our system is dominated by Democrats and Republicans. Because there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two, they have effectively morphed into one party. Demopublicans advocate government as the solution to every problem. (Republicans mouth other sentiments but consistently vote for bigger government.)
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;That these Demopublicans do everything in their power to keep voters from having a real choice is irrefutable. Third parties such as the Libertarian Party must jump through hoop after hoop just to get their candidates' names on the ballot. Once on the ballot, such candidates are excluded routinely from media debates. While Demopublicans spend their money on saturating the airwaves with the same old rhetoric, third parties must spend their own money fighting the system Demopublicans have created just to be heard.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;One must wonder: Are the Demopublicans afraid that Americans would reject them once given a true choice? When we have more choice in toothpaste brands than in the voting booth, how free are we?
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;NOELLE STETTNER
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Falls Church

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