Two party system - why?Submitted by FZ1_Rider on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 11:35
This is just my political ignorance speaking, but why is it that the two party system has endured for so long? We have had parties rise & fall throughout our time, but for the most part only 2 parties have dominated simultaneously and the rest just fade away as a footnote in history. Instead of parties compimenting each other, they supplant each other. Besides fundraising, what are the barriers to entry that prevent other parties & independent candidates from being able to contest against these two parties? It seems only logical that with more options better candidates would rise to the top with fresher ideas. People wouldn't have to choose from two polar opposite party platforms, but instead could find one that has a combination of the other two parties' platforms that actually REPRESENTS their beliefs. It would better represent the diversity America has, and hopefully would help our representatives to make decisions based on their constituents' and their personal interests and not on the interest of whether or not it will help their party and hurt the other party. It seems these two parties play to win and get the most votes in a nationwide popularity contest instead of actually trying to accomplish anything.
Obviously, problems with plurality instead of majority votes would be an issue, but that could probably be resolved somehow. Why is this such a difficult goal to achieve? Is there a downside to this I'm not seeing?