2012 is emerging as another anti-incumbent election year. However, swinging back and forth between two parties won't bring the change voters seek. Instead, it's time for the frustrated American electorate to dump our two-party system. . . . multi-party democracies are the norm, not the exception, around the world. In fact, there are only five two-party democracies in the entire world.Advocates of independent and third party alternatives to the two-party charade often argue against the myriad ways in which the Democrats and Republicans have rigged our political system to consolidate power in the hands of the two-party machine at all levels of government. Yet, despite the many discriminatory hurdles that have been erected against them, third party and independent candidates for office can often be found on ballots across the country every election season. If so many Americans are so dissatisfied with Republican-Democrat party government, why do they continue to vote for Democrats and Republicans? Of course, the majority of Americans don't, opting not to cast a ballot than cast it for a representative of the major parties. However, so long as they refuse to actively support alternatives, we will all continue to be held hostage by the dwindling minority of Americans who, inexplicably, still support the Republican and Democratic parties.
Jamaica is one, the only nation to declare financial default in 2010. Another is Japan, which has the highest debt to GDP ratio in the world, standing at well over 200 percent. Are you seeing the pattern of fiscal trouble and two-party systems?
It is a great irony that a country preaching freedom of choice offers only two real choices for our political participation. If Americans were told to choose between two cars, shirts, colors or family sizes, we'd rise up in revolt against such Soviet dictates. Tell us we have only two parties, however, and we accept it as though any alternative is unimaginable.
The two parties don't reflect the views of our citizens. . . . The problem is that our political class, funded by the same donors, controls the system that works for them. Though the two parties bicker and attack each other, they join forces in protecting their two-party monopoly.
If the majority of Americans don't vote, that likely means we all know a lot of non-voters. Maybe it is time to take them to task.