So long as elections are first past the post the system will effectively create two parties competing for the centrist vote. There are other parties now, calling the largest of them officially the third party just formalizes them as the protest vote.
Close! Damn close! Regardless of the party accepting the presidential popular vote, we continue to watch the aristocrats in power passing the power to the next centrist leader! The Republicans and Democrats enjoy appetizers together before their unconstitutional dinners! We need a system that REQUIRES 3 parties or more EVERY election to ensure a choice for the American people!
A way to enforce this can be by having legislation that reads "no elected party nominee can become president unless there are ate least 3 parties, and the sitting president shall remain in power until there is justified and viable competition in elections..." -this would cause a serious uproar and upheaval in American politics, guaranteeing that another party (whether biased or otherwise) would join and make things more interesting and realistic.
There are already hundreds of parties so that requirement is already satisfied.
But under FFP only two will get a lot of votes.
I am not sure how making government cease to operate would suddenly create a substantive third party?
The number of parties in a country doesn't matter. In fact, there are numerous - 20+ - parties in the US each election. It's just that none of them get any financial support.
If you like a Libertarian, Constitutional, Green, Socialist, or whatever party, donate money and get involved.
The reason that 3rd party never gets enough votes is that EVERYONE is convinced that they are throwing away the vote, so they are afraid to vote for the guy they like. Instead, they vote for whoever they think is popular, or whoever they feel bullied into voting for. If more people would vote their conscience, and pick the one that is actually the right person for the job, it could make a difference.
Under FFP the odds are a third party vote is wasted. The exception (like the current UK coalition government) are extremely rare.)
The thing is if you break the deadlock by going proportional, the third party gets all the power as they decide which of the big two gets the majority.
It's kind of a mess either way.
I agree, which is why I believe there should be an American reformation concluding that 3 (or more) parties MUST run in order for elections to take place. By doing so, in the event of only 2 strong parties and a weak third, the public could and would demand that a new party be formed, and hopefully a more democratic one. Most likely, as a result, an opposing or different party alongside it would arrive thus making four parties in total. The argument for this is that there are like 10 parties in general elections (if not more), but with bad appropriative funding and exposure. It usually results in the stupid continuation of our half-retarded American political agenda from the previous presidency...
sorry, lots to say, and my bad
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