Hope you all are ready for this post. I am about to declare the problem in politics in the United States and it is a number – two. The main problem in our political system is that it is a two party system. Two! There is no way, should people vote on straight party affiliation lines, to break that up. Two is an even number.
First off, let’s look at logistics. When there is an even number – two is one such number, there is no way to break a tie. Consequently, voters get the “us” versus “them” attitude from their representatives. This attitude is not in the issues that are debated and talked about during primaries and campaigns. This is a two-party attitude. We – whatever party that is – must be right so they – the other party – must be wrong.
How often does that attitude work for you in life? You have a fight with a good friend. You must be right; he/she must be wrong. Does one of you decide to think maybe I was right/wrong? We need to talk about this problem. Usually, in the real world, someone takes a first step and the roads mend and merge again. In the political world, these steps towards reconciliation do not get taken often enough.
What would help the two party system? The first thing that would help would be honesty. If a candidate ran on the way he/she was actually going to vote – as opposed to the way “the party” wants the candidate to sound, constituents would know better what to expect from representation. The second thing would be a strong third and/or fourth party. When there are more voices involved in the debate, the honesty comes about naturally.
Are you a fan of our political system? Do you have a way to improve the current “government is broken” issue? Have you ever voted for a third party candidate?