Who would be in favor of getting rid of the two political party system?
Just wondering how many people who are content with the current political system , regardless of party affiliation!
No. I favor the two-party system. I know my opinion is not a popular one on Hub Pages, but I truly believe it is the better system.
(I'm speaking in a historical sense; I do acknowledge that some things have changed like open primaries, etc.)
1. It encourages participation. You can't always get away with just showing up once every 4 years. People need to get involved and read the rules. For all the complaining that Trump and his supporters do, if they knew the rules and had party loyal delegates, he might have secured the nomination already.
2. Creates competitive balance - Varied interests that have overriding general principles can come together under one tent and be heard. They do give everyone a voice. So while not every Republican may be a social conservative or libertarian, there are other issues that they might all agree on; things like limited government, lower taxes, pro-business policies.
3. Prevents shifts to the ideological margins (usually) - This year is different. However, the nation cannot be run by people like Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul. I don't know about Trump. We need experienced, pragmatic people. For the most part, we get them. Does your candidate always win? No. But Presidential races have been very close since the 90s. Same with gubernatorial and Congressional contests (too many incumbents in some cases).
Can't wait to hear the replies and anger. Great topic.
I agree with you C J but that won't help to bring more comments to this Great topic. The Obama Presidency has caused some lesser minded conservatives to not engage with Moderates compromisers Liberals or Socialist or they would be seen as RINOs
The proof that you are wrong is recorded in history. It was all done with the 2 party sys. You know the 2 that have opp goals, and gridlock congress.
both parties have taken turns to continue the decline of the US.
Red&Blue needs to be Purple.
The problem with the two party system ISN'T that there ARE two parties; the problem lies with the fact that these two parties have created a diarchy (or whatever you want to call it), creating rules that make it impossible for any other candidates to make a decent run for office.
Donald Trump could have and should have run as a third party candidate instead of commandeering the Republican party. Now mainstream Republicans are stuck supporting a guy they loath (or worse not voting, which would seem to contradict the view that a two party system encourages participation!) and moderates such as myself who would rather vote for anyone but Hillary are now having to consider voting for her.
Because of the two party system we're facing an election of the "worser of two evils", which is not conducive to having a well run country! Shouldn't we have a system that makes it easier to vote for the person we personally think will run the country well instead of the the one least likely to leave us in worse shape?
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