I have never voted, in a real election, for a Republican or a Democrat for the presidency.

I never wanted to waste my vote on men I disagreed with as much as each and every major party candidate since I was 20, the age I at which I first became eligible to vote in a presidential election.

Earlier, I n mock elections, in school, I voted, I am afraid, for Richard Nixon first, and then Jimmy Carter.

Let that sink in.

I cannot tell you the deep shame I came to feel in giving even this merest (mock of a) hint of support for either candidate. The Nixon regret came quickly. The Carter regret came about four years after my mock vote.

Ever since then, I have been mocking the major parties.

For what?

For their intellectual cowardice, their inconsistent policies, their short time horizons, their pretense to competence, their Angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin distinctions over their mutual differences, their commitment to pelf and legal plunder, their addiction to killing people in foreign countries despite rarely (if ever) getting intended acceptable outcomes, and their undemocratic unfairness in rigging ballot access and limiting political competition.

But I got to hand it to them, major party pols have managed to hoodwink the vast majority — a supermajority — of American voters into believing that one side or the other is on the side of the angels . . . that is, is both honorable and level-headed.

The nifty thing about this election, at long last, is that it has become demonstrable that huge segments of the American population no longer buy the partisan/bi-partisan spin.

We may be four years — or just a few months — away from the epochal moment when the widespread delusion of social consensus unravels in America, just like it did in the Soviet Union 25+ years ago.