The Case for Multi-Party Government: Republicans and Democrats Simply Cannot Be Trusted

At Rise of the Center, Solomon makes the case for multi-party government on the basis of one simple fact: the Democratic and Republican parties cannot be trusted with power.  Excerpt:
There are assuredly a whole slew of lessons to be learned from the ongoing mess in Wisconsin, but one of the bigger ones is we just can’t trust either party with power anymore.

Just a few short years ago we gave George W. Bush and the republican party near total control of Washington and we got record spending, a series of tax cuts we couldn’t afford and a long list of foreign policy mistakes that we’ll be dealing with for generations. The American people got sick of their overstep and split government for a few years, then gave the democrats a shot, with the rise of Barack Obama.

It didn’t take long for the Democrats to take their own version of partisan arrogance to the next level, ignoring the will of the people on legislation like the health care bill’s individual mandate, overpromising ad under delivering on the stimulus and racking up deficit spending unlike anything we’ve seen since World War II.

Give either party total control in Washington and they will trample over the will of the people without batting an eye, to hand over as much as they think they can get away with to their supporters and network of special interests that keep their party structures afloat.

Now in Wisconsin . . . . 
He concludes:
We need to elect more moderates and centrist independents, and we need to not allow either party to have complete control of government anymore. We need to have split government at every level, to at least force the two parties to have to gain the support of a handful of non members to pass anything.
They just can’t be trusted anymore.


Solomon Kleinsmith said...

Much obliged :)

Pete Healey said...

@Solomon, we've had this discussion once before, but... here goes. So would a multi-party system allow "extremist" political parties as well as "centrist" and "moderate" parties?

DLW said...

true centrism would accommodate all good faith participants in the democratic process.

My view is that if we used 3 or 5 seated elections for "more local" elections and 2 or 3 stage elections for "less local" elections that it would prevent either of the two major parties from dominating our politics and permit "extremist" parties to serve as gadflies to both of them.


mw said...

From one Discordian to another, just thought I'd let you know that I've linked to your post and provisionally included you in the 2012 Edition of the Coalition of the Divided - to be posted Real Soon Now.