Do you find it limiting to label yourself a democrat/republican?

  1. Novel Treasure profile image87
    Novel Treasureposted 5 years ago

    Do you find it limiting to label yourself a democrat/republican?

    Why should we be limited to just one choice for each party? Do you think more people would vote if were able to have a larger selection of candidates from each party, including independent? Should we do away with parties?

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    movingfingerposted 5 years ago

    More number of parties means more fragmentation and therefore less chances of a consensus on major issues. More choice is desirable but in a democracy, it is not  efficient. So, having two parties helps to narrow down the choice and still address many issues. effectively...I guess its a necessary evil that we have to live with.

  3. Attikos profile image79
    Attikosposted 5 years ago

    We do have more than two choices on the typical ballot. Mine, for example, usually has a demwit, a retardican, a librarian, a greenie, a suckialist, and often one or two more.

    In practical terms, however, we do have a two party system, and so it has been since Jefferson invented it. The majors have so deeply entrenched themselves with entry, campaign and financial barriers that none of the rest can compete but in limited localities. There is no legal mandate for only two parties, and so there is no law than can be repealed to allow more into the house, but unless a third one can gain enough representatives at all levels of government to do away with those filters that have been legislated the system is not going to change.

    As for doing away with parties, there is a law that applies. It's the Bill of Rights' freedom of assembly, which forbids the federal government from interfering. They're here to stay.

 
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