two party system
For the last several months, two storylines about the presidential election have begun to emerge. The first is that both the Democratic and Republican Party are in crisis.The second story is much more specific to 2016 and is the notion that the election system is somehow rigged.
If no candidate received the required 270 electoral college votes, the election would be sent to Congress. What would that
There is, of course, nothing in the Constitution that forbids the creation of political parties, and in fact the First Amendment rights of association gives parties the right to make their own rules for how it selects a nominee.
We're not stupid. There's a sense that the system is broken, because it is. The media decry our lack of engagement in the political process, and the political party leaders sigh at the apparent collective indifference to their pleas for higher voter turnout. But to what end?
Now, with a Congress fully in the hands of a Republican Party increasingly dominated by its right wing, he can make all the ringing proclamations he wants to about taxing the rich to help the middle class.
Voter suppression cost the Democrats some votes, but not nearly as many as their failure to be a true progressive alternative did.
This breakdown -- striking proof that America's win-lose, two-party system no longer serves our needs -- is only the beginning of what will be a series of jolts and shocks to the American public.
What we ought to do is scrap this system and replace it with one consisting of four major parties. Even this will not cover all Americans, but it will certainly encompass more of us and within a more rational framework. For what might these four major parties stand?
“The whole government, and the Democrat party, the Republican party -- they’re all dinosaurs,” Paul said. “The principles
We would have focused on how to bring back Democrats in 2014. But when Clintons or Obamas are at the helm, people can again see that we need far better than what they can ever give us, given that their links to corporate support are not qualitatively less than those of the McCains and Romneys.
Having to vote for the lesser of two evils is an old complaint in U.S. elections. This year it may have special resonance for Americans who find themselves with two major party nominees who spent most of this year with favorability ratings that are "under water."