Republicans and Democrats are part of the government (hence things like state-run party primaries, or party balance requirements in various agencies) and serious third parties are effectively legally prohibited. [American Prospect]
Dem, Republican parties, and only those parties, being formally part of fed gov is so crooked. It’s like working for a BigCo and its regulator at the same time.
It’s why they don’t fear voters: where you gonna go? Ballot barriers, partisan state election officials and gerrymanders guarantee 95% re-elect.
It’s why they’re white-collar organized crime with little fear of prosecution: the crooks hold the leashes of the cops.
Lina Khan, bust that monopoly.