Is a two party system bad?

Posted by: Charliecdubs

Some countries have more than 10 parties. What do you think?

  • Yes

  • No

86% 25 votes
14% 4 votes
  • "By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community. There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects. There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests." Federalist no. 10

  • The American two-party system has resulted in seismic political shifts when one party or the other is controlled by extremists. Negotiation and compromise have become nearly impossible. A multi-party system would allow more diversity of political positions, as well as greater freedom for individuals to vote on the basis of issues that are most important to them.

  • The two party system is failing and needs to be over hauled. Additionally, it seems our govt is built like a pyramid with only one at the top. Maybe it is time for many at the top to share the responsibilities. I would like the electorate college to be over hauled as well. The whole system is out of date and the up and coming youth have lost interest in the process

  • George Washington said so in 1797 and he was right

  • The party system, as it stands, is plutocratic and prevents the common people from being able to run for office. We need more party choices, and more power to the people.

  • Yes, a first past the post system, the voting system that is currently used in the United States, causes a two party system because people vote for the party that they believe has the greatest chance at taking down the party that they do not agree with. This creates a negitive view of politics, and could certainly be a contributing factor to the reason that parties are so against their opponents' agendas, and that there is a lot of gridlock in Washington.

  • three or more parties cause too much division. The idea that they'll work together on major issues they agree on is flawed, and ignorant of how politics and parties work together. As I was telling someone in the forums: "You can say Party A and Party B agree on Abortion, and Party B and Party C agrees on Gun Laws. You'd think Party A and Party B would vote together on Abortion as a coalition on that subject, and Party B and Party C would do the same on Guns, but they won't. Party A would refuse to vote on Abortion, and strong arm Party B on Guns..."

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discomfiting says2014-04-22T13:05:49.5191855-05:00
← The Economy Cannot Recover As Long As Inequality Continues to Skyrocket … But Government Policy Is INCREASING InequalityThe “Debt Compromise” … Another Pass for the Rich and a Fleecing for Everyone Else → The Founding Fathers Tried to Warn Us About the Threat From a Two-Party Sys"In fact, the Founding Fathers warned us about the threat from a two party system. John Adams said: There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution. George Washington agreed, saying in his farewell presidential speech: The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another. There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume."

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