The Failure of the Two Party System

Before I begin, let me be clear that this synopsis is clear from bias; as I support neither major political party. It has become clear that the two party system that plagues our political system today, is a hopelessly broken system. I, and many others, wonder this year why it is that the two options we have to choose from are so extreme, on their respective sides of the aisle, that it is basically impossible to stomach voting for either. Why is it that we have to “vote for the lesser of two evils”? I am certain that that is not what our founding fathers had in mind. There is a reasonable candidate that I am certain members of each party, and independents could stomach voting for and agree on, but he has basically no chance of being elected since he is not running for one of the major political parties.

The two party system basically guarantees that no major change will ever come over our country. Each party has it’s rigid system of beliefs, and if a candidate does not promise to run on the platform that the party has taken on, then a candidate has no chance of running for either party (ex. Bernie Sanders). We are stuck in a forever corrupt system because everyone has been brainwashed to believe that they are forced to vote either left or right. Maybe, just maybe, if everyone just voted their gut and voted somewhere in the middle, we would see more cooperation between parties and more real change in America. Presidents these days have a very limited range of power due to the lack of cooperation between the parties. They promise very unrealistic things during election season that are sure to never see the light of day. After watching the DNC and RNC it almost blows my mind to come to the realization that so many Americans have been brainwashed enough to support one of these two loony toons running for president.

Almost even more sad is the fact that no one can have a political discussion these days without it turning into a bitter argument with name calling and hurt egos. The leaders of each party have brainwashed us to think that the only correct views are the ones that align with your political party, and anyone that believes otherwise is wrong. That is very prevalent in this election season. If we all were actually as tolerant as we claim to be, there would be an unbelievable amount of cooperation and change. However, no one is as tolerant as they claim to be. We are not all as different as our parties tell us we are. We all just need to open our eyes and see that. It is obvious that the two party system is the source of all of the hate that we see today. The only way to actually better our country is to do away with the two party system by electing a third party candidate, or electing third party members of congress.


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