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Two Party System

The Primaries Aren't Rigged, But the Two-Party System Is

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

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.

Could the U.S. Become a Multi-Party Nation? Emerging Factions and the Electoral College

Carl Nettleton | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Carl Nettleton

While the U.S. allows multiple parties to participate in the political system, it is, and always has been, a system dominated by two political parties...

Opening the Closed Political Culture

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The headline, from the Los Angeles Times, hit me like a sucker punch: "Voters' 'Bernie or Bust' efforts persist despite Sanders' vow not to be another...

The Convention Legitimacy Debate Reflects Misunderstanding of the Election Process

Robert Hardaway | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

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.

The Land of Milk and Honey

Marion Leary | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Marion Leary

As the saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, though I am not sure that holds true for this presidential election cycle, espe...

The End of the GOP?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are we witnessing the end of the Republican Party? That's a pretty stunning question to ask, but we're living through a pretty stunning presidential nomination fight, so it can no longer be avoided or ignored.

Five Reasons 'Representative Democracy' is Failing Us

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Christian Piatt

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?

SOTU: Obama Now Sounds Like a Candidate for High School Class President

Michael Goldstein | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

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.

Election Results: Better Cover for Dems, More Distractions for Progressives?

Michael Goldstein | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Voter suppression cost the Democrats some votes, but not nearly as many as their failure to be a true progressive alternative did.

After Detroit: A Suggestion for The After Party

Michael Goldstein | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Michael Goldstein

Occupy Wall Street and U.S. Uncut announced that founding members of those groups would be launching The After Party on May 2. As of the announcement, The After Party's website was already up, with a powerful Manifesto and appealing Platform.

The Only Upside to the Shutdown: Realizing We Need a New Political System

Rich Tafel | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Rich Tafel

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.

A Four-party System for the U.S.

Alan Krinsky | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

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?

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

Issues, Principles and Party Realignment

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Neither party stands for anything permanent. For several years, I've been hoping for a realignment that produces a party system representing mainstream America, with the fringe elements agitating in the wings. I'm still hoping.

Ron Paul Talks 'Dinosaurs'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

Outgoing Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) gave an exit interview to the Washington Post this week, capping off his career with a claim that he's driven through...

Why I'm Glad Obama Won

Michael Goldstein | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

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.

The Election Game vs. a Real Politics

Michael Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

As an unedifying election cycle draws to a close, I am sharing another excerpt from my forthcoming book, Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country.

Why the Same Two Parties Dominate Our Two-party System

Eric Black | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

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."

Voting: What's the Point?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

We're bombarded with all manner of tugging and pulling from this side or the other, right down to those who suggest it's all so dark there's really no point in voting anyway. So what do we do?

The Problem Is Not 'Romney or Obama'; The Problem Is We Have No Choice

David Fagin | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
David Fagin

Will we ever see a time when, come November, there are three, or, God help us, even four candidates neck and neck in the electoral vote?

What We Can Teach Our Kids About the Conventions

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

I fell in love with politics as a kid when I first heard the soaring cadence of John F. Kennedy's acceptance speech when he was nominated for President in 1960. I became a political junkie right then and there.

Did the Founding Fathers Really Want Two Parties?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

One of the enduring American myths we cherish is the two-party system. We must have two parties! To have three parties or more is impossible; to have only one, unthinkable.

The Balance of Power

John Conway | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
John Conway

Political fortunes ebb and flow over time; we pull to the left and then the pendulum swings to the right and then back again.

Getting Clear About Voting Independent

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

What matters is having a leader, not a politician, assume political office. And so I suggest that people look to break out of the two-party trance and take on a pro-active role in taking your government back to serve You, your family, your friends, your community.

"The Lesser of Two Evils" and Why Progressives Often Lose

Bob Cesca | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

There comes a time during just about every general election cycle when a faction of progressive Democratic voters begin to harrumph and gripe about the two party system. Specifically, the following remark jumps back into popular discourse: "we're choosing between the lesser of two evils."