The whole system is the problem GG. There's really no 2 party system. They just want to maintain that illusion. You honestly believe the corporate powers don't hedge their bets on Repubs and Dems alike? You may think there's a change in power, but it's all smoke and mirrors. Multinational corps with no national or political allegiances merely put one party in for a while until we're tired of their antics and then the other side gets a turn for a while. We are so distracted by the puppets that we don't focus on the puppeteers. Look behind the curtain, even with the Obama show and who he's appointed to key cabinet and power positions. It's the GWB reruns all over again. I hate to sound like a fatalist, but it's how the world geopolitical stage acts out over and over. The coup really ocurred when JFK & RFK were eliminated by the military industrial mafia. They are the international thugs who enforce the will of your "toxic" corporations.
I wish I could tell you that you're wrong. My point still is that if millions of people didn't vote totally against their own interests, those of us who pay attention would have real choices. Any thinking person ought to be able to see the Republicans for what they are. The Democrats on the otherhand make a pretext about being on the side of the pepole and many of them are. Your point that it sure doesn't work out that way is painfully true, but the way they trap us, is to put the people who would like to make things better, and correctly see the Democrats as being lots better than the Republicans, in a dilema. If fewer people voted Republican, our politics would start to broaden out. We are constantly faced with the dilema of either offsetting Republican votes, or voting symbolically.
Look at what happened in 2000. If the Nader voters had voted lesser of two evils in Florida, Bush couldn't have stolen it. I'm sure Gore would have been a disappointment, but not nearly as bad as Bush. The real question is why did 45 million people vote for Bush? Twice!!?
Robert Parry wrote an excelent article about this saying that every time we vote to "teach the Democrats a lesson" we end up seeing the entire political picture shift to the right. The real problem is that we control only a marginal fraction of the media, and of course that a lot of people choose their politics to match their atitudes and self view.