The Solution to the Two-Party System is a One-Party System?

In local, state and national level newspapers, it may be the case that you are most likely to see calls for alternatives and opposition to the Republican-Democrat two-party state and duopoly system of government in the letters to the editor section.  One can find letters from advocates for individual third parties or for a third party alternative in general, from Independents proposing reforms to our political and electoral system, and even from Republicans and Democrats who have become disillusioned with the two-party state.  Every once in a while, you'll see calls to abolish parties altogether and suggestions for the establishment of a no-party state.  But the following letter to the editor of the Post Crescent in Appleton, Wisconsin, has a suggestion which I don't think I've ever seen before, or if so, only rarely.  The author argues that a one-party system would be preferable to the current two-party system.  Excerpt:
I read with interest the commentary from Jean Thompson in the Sept. 20 Post-Crescent ("Nation needs change from two-party system"). I have been saying for many years that this country, from the national to the state to the local levels, needs to change from the two-party system.Like Jean wrote, we all know too well the two-party system isn't working. All the politicians — from Washington to Madison to the municipalities — think about is party unity. Stop and think about it.

If a member of Congress from either party submits a bill, all members of the other party tend to vote against it, even if the bill is for the good of the country.  Elected officials don't care about the good of the country anymore but only care about party unity. This country wouldn't be in the mess its in today if we had a one-party system.  With a one-party system, when a bill is brought up on the floor for a vote, all members would be voting for or against the bill's merits, not because of which party submitted it.
This sounds kind of like a proposal for a no-party system rather than a one-party system.  Perhaps the letter's author did not express himself as clearly as he could have.  But the criticism is clear.  When Democrats and Republicans vote on a bill, the bill's merits and the interests of the people of the United States often take a back seat to the interests of the representative's party and his or her corporate sponsors.  

1 comment:

Solomon Kleinsmith said...

Really... one or zero effectively works in some of the same ways, depending on how strong armed the legislators are by their party leadership.