It seems evident that the vast majority of Americans are disenchanted, and rightfully so, with the two major political parties. The Republicans used their most recent period of control of the White House and Congress to turn a $154 billion budget surplus into a $464 billion deficit, engage us in perpetual war at the behest of the neocons, and preside over the largest economic collapse since the great depression. Since then, they have used control of Congress to play the role of obstructionist. For their part, the Democrats, in a brief period of control, gave us something less than half-a-loaf of health care reform, and, in general, while ever expressing compassion for the less well-off, they have failed to significantly move the needle in the fight against poverty, failing educational systems, and an urban gangster culture of drugs and violence. Both parties have pretty much failed to meaningfully address jobs that are lost, not only to the global economy, but to technological advancements that call for a retrained workforce. There is much talk but little action concerning a tax system in which corporations and billionaires pay virtually nothing. Pressing problems, from a crumbling infrastructure, to the ticking bomb of entitlements, to the epidemic of narcotic addiction, go seemingly unaddressed.