"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 The whole system is out of date and the up and coming youth have lost interest in the process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..."