Blackbird
Topic Author
Posts: 3384
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 1999 10:48 am

Is America Really A Two Party System?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:48 am

I know a lot of people consider America to be a truly two-party system.

But over the years, it seems to be showing through that essentially it is all the same party, just two sides of the same coin. The same lobbyists and financiers fund both parties, effectively meaning that both parties are catering to the same people.

Let's use a sports metaphor...
If you owned two baseball teams and they were both in the world-series, would it really make all that much of a difference which team won? It wouldn't, because you own both teams.

And the fact that most people see our one party "two party" system as a true two party system, it creates quite a divisiveness over which is essentially just different sides of the same party. A liberal side, and a conservative side, but essentially the same party, with similar aims.

And the really screwed up part is that it's virtually impossible for any independant party to be able to run successfully, and even have the slightest chance of winning.

What are your opinions?

Andrea K
 
MaidensGator
Posts: 848
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:02 pm

RE: Is America Really A Two Party System?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:03 pm

Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):
Let's use a sports metaphor...
If you owned two baseball teams and they were both in the world-series, would it really make all that much of a difference which team won? It wouldn't, because you own both teams.

That assumes that the "owner" has given so much money to 435 Congressmen, 100 Senators, and all Presidential candidates that all of these people will do whatever he/she/it wants....

Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):
And the fact that most people see our one party "two party" system as a true two party system, it creates quite a divisiveness over which is essentially just different sides of the same party. A liberal side, and a conservative side, but essentially the same party, with similar aims.

Don't you answer your own question here? You're saying that even though there are liberals and conservatives, they're all the same because they have similar aims. The difference may be how you get there. Take health care, if the aim is to provide more people with health coverage. (This hypothetical is deliberately exaggerated) The liberals will say do away with private insurance, raise taxes, put the government in charge, and cover everyone. The conservatives will say do away with government involvement, lower taxes to give the people enough money to buy their own insurance, keep government totally out of it, and everyone will be covered. Sure they have the same aim, but two totally different ideas about how to get there

Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):
And the really screwed up part is that it's virtually impossible for any independant party to be able to run successfully, and even have the slightest chance of winning.

Over the last several years, the fastest growing bloc of registered voters are those with no party affiliation. If this continues, a third party may have a chance. Probably not, but maybe. I've been a registered "none of the above" for more than 30 years, and I get more campaign mail than any Democrat or Republican I know. Each party targets me (and the other "nones") because they know we will probably be the swing votes in any close race.

You have an interesting theory. I'm not sure I agree with it, but please don't think I'm criticizing it.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
 
User avatar
TheRedBaron
Posts: 3081
Joined: Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:17 am

RE: Is America Really A Two Party System?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:49 pm

They are both the same people...

so basically the answer is : America has ONE party with two heads.... both run by crooks
The best seat in a Plane is the Jumpseat.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: DarkSnowyNight and 17 guests