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I, like the many Americans I've seen interviewed by the foreign press, don't understand American politics. In my case it's down to lack of context - biased reporting from the press. In the Americans case, I assume that the press just hunt down the clueless ones to make America look bad.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
The Republicans (Right-wing) want to help the rich, but screw the poor and middle class
The Democrats (Theoretically left-wing, but really center-right these days) want to help the poor, but screw the rich and middle class (Except themselves).
Both sides are bought and paid for by large corporations.
Both sides want to screw the middle class.
Both sides will say whatever it takes to get re-elected.
Both sides are hypocrites and liars.
Some of the American people have been completely brainwashed by one party or the other
Some of the American people are so sick of it or so apathetic that they won't vote at all
Some of the American people will go through all of the issues for each choice and pick the best candidate (In their opinion)
Some of the American people have no idea what's going on, so will just vote for whoever their religious leader, family member, or friend tells them is better.
The media will consistently and accurately report the current viewpoint of that last category.
This situation will continue until we reform the electoral system so third-party candidates are actually feasible.