I’ve heard both arguments for some time now. Many believe our two party political system is fine the way it is, while a steadily growing number of others believe there should be a third party if not many more. Could another party better represent Americas changing political landscape?
One argument is that there is enough fighting going on between the two parties we have. The recent sham of a government shutdown could be seen as an example of this. The counter argument could easily be made by more and more people feeling disillusioned and unhappy with both of our parties. The easy answer to this group of people is better representation through a different party. Regardless of whether or not its right for America, clearly people are not happy with either party as of late.
I’ve always found it interesting how the government and media call every other party in America a third party. Could it be a veiled attempt to marginalize anyone who may disagree with the status quo. Perhaps that’s why the Tea Party has relished in its ability to remain decentralized. This single fact however limits it ability to become anything other than a mechanism to try and steer the Republican Party back to its conservative roots.
Both political party’s have had quite an interesting history of there own. Swapping ideologies and members
when its beneficial. Unfortunately for the people it seems both the elephant and the donkey have become so out of synch with Main Street America a third party becomes ever more appealing.
I personally know of several people who identify themselves with a third party and are registered republicans or democrats simply because they feel their vote wouldn’t count otherwise. I believe Ron Paul is a good example of this. If you can’t beat em join em seemed to be the norm for years.
In every election the independents are a force to be reckoned with. Imagine if all those voters stopped waiting to see which party has the best guy and either joined or created a viable third party. Now include all the other disillusioned voters and we would have the ability to overtake the other parties and perhaps even stop the gridlock, infighting, cronyism, and perhaps even get our government of elected representatives back to working on issues that matter most to Americans. I don’t know the future or the implications of a viable third party entering the politisphere, but I do know now seems as good a time as any.
These graphs from this Gallup <a href="http://http://www.gallup.com/poll/165392/perceived-need-third-party-reaches-new-high.aspx“>article are telling. It’s obvious people are becoming disenfranchised with our current two party system and support for something different is growing.
This Washington Times <a href="http://http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/judson-phillips-cold-hard-truth/2013/oct/17/broken-system-american-politics“>article is worth the read. It touches on the fact that democrats have become even more left then ever and don’t even try to hide the fact they are mostly socialists with an agenda. The largest democrat caucus being the democrat socialists is proof of that. The article also points out how the Grand Ol Party have become spineless, moderate, centrists who prefer sitting on there hands and the fence as opposed to honest conservative policy.