An examination of Democratic and Republican Party politics in recent decades shows that, no matter how far to the left the Republicans more, the Democrats move even further to the left, enabling both the liberal-left politicians and the major media to continue portraying the Republicans as conservative. Each new bipartisan "compromise" becomes the new "conservative" position justifying future "compromises" that will move the country even further to the left. In fact, over time it has become increasingly difficult to detect any substantive differences between the two major parties.
Political rhetoric and appearances aside, the U.S. government has become more socialistic and more internationalist during periods of both Republican and Democrat administrations. The voters may vote one president out in favor of another, but the basic policies remain intact even when the political leadership changes.
This is not by happenstance; in fact, it follows a design advocated by Carroll Quigley in his monumental 1966 study Tragedy and Hope. Therein 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 of 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."
What are those "basic policies" that, according to Quigley, are "vital and necessary for America" and "disputable only in details of procedure, priority, of method"? Quigley wrote, "we must remain strong, continue to function as a great world Power in cooperation with other Powers, avoid high-level war, keep the economy moving without significant slump, help other countries do the same, provide the basic social necessities for all our citizens, open up opportunities for social shifts for those willing to work to achieve them, and defend the basic Western outlook of diversity...." Translated: more internationalism and more socialism. Based on the Quigley formula, presidential elections would be little more than debates over "details of procedure, priority, or method," not major policy differences.
The formula advocated by Quigley in 1966 has been put into practice by the Power Elite, which dominates both major political parties. Quigley was well aware of the existence of this Insider-controlled Establishment, admitting in his book: "There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network ... has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret records." One exponent of this network is the Council on Foreign Relations, whose members have dominated both Republican and Democratic administrations since World War II. This network has been so successful in implementing the Quigley formula that Democrat and Republican "rascals" have been thrown out without "any profound or extensive shifts in policy." Moreover, the Republican Party has become so socialistic that it is now a virtual clone of the Democratic Party.
Almost all major policy aims and legislative proposals put forward by Republicans these days are unabashedly socialist. …