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Vidal claims in this brief essay there are only two American political parties: those who vote in presidential elections and those who do not vote. Vidal says he is a member of the latter and urges his readers to join him in order to force a new constitutional convention under Article Five of the Constitution, where "we can devise new political arrangements suitable for a people who have never, in 193 years, been truly represented."

Presidential elections, according to Vidal, are like the Grammy Awards "where an industry of real interest to very few people honors itself fulsomely on prime-time television." Forty-eight percent of the party that votes is made up of blue-collar or service workers, while the rest are white, middle-class and 21 years old or older. Seventy-five percent of the party...

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