Me and jtc agree ??????The system is rigged such that it's unlikely any third party candidate is ever going to win the presidency. The vast majority of third party candidates can't even manage to get on the ballot in all 50 states. With only one exception, that being Teddy Roosevelt in the 1916 election, no third party candidate has done much more than siphon off votes from one of the two major party candidates. And even in that case, all it did was make it easier for the person whose views contrast with the third party candidate to win, just like it has in every election.
You're correct in that our problem is not Democrats vs. Republicans. Our problem is rich vs. poor. Politicians depend on contributions to campaigns and PACs. They get neither in significant enough numbers from the poor, the working poor, the lower middle class, etc., to concern themselves too much with those demographics. They'll throw them a bone now and again, but the vast majority of legislation is intended to bolster the already stuffed coffers of the uber-wealthy.
Actually, I'd say we choose them in similar ways. The Miss America pageant relies on primarily superficial characteristics to pick a winner, as does the American electorate.
The corporations pull the strings far too often in both parties.
Until we get private money out of the election process, we're screwed. Private money corrupts the system and corrupts too many well-intentioned people that jump in the political waters. If we had publicly funded elections, it would save us a ton of money (This is one of the few areas in which most of my republican friends and I find agreement.).
The "parties" don't care about people, that's true. But there are still a few good people out there. Unfortunately, it's difficult for them to gain much traction if they don't get in bed with the corporations. I'd put Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders at the top of that list.
We need more like her.
There's no such thing. There were partisan disagreements and interpretations even amongst those who wrote it.