Can Voters Change the Two-Party, Democrat-Republican System?

Or could a multi-party system succeed?


By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Here we go again, battling politicians putting us through yet another spin cycle. This time both parties are trying to make points over the latest jobs report released today. How tiresome! President Obama went on the road to, in part, tout his job creation program. According to CNN:

The president claimed credit for a nascent economic recovery, while Republicans argued the administration has stifled stronger potential growth.

March was only the third month with job gains since the recession began three years ago, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Last month's national unemployment rate, however, held steady at 9.7 percent.

GOP members of Congress, meanwhile are claiming that the president's economic stimulus programs are not working as well as he claims they are.

Our two-party system creates this type of point-counterpoint so typical in American politics. If we Americans and voters are tired of it, it's up to us to change things.

Should we switch to a multi-party system? Plenty have tried and in recent times; no third-party candidate has been able to garner enough support to make and keep a third party going long term. Ross Perot was the last to make a successful run on the presidential level, and he won 19 percent of the vote in 1992. But all he succeeded in doing was throwing the presidency to Bill Clinton when George Herbert Walker Bush may well have won re-election. No independent candidate has since mustered that kind of support.

I think in the short term, we sentence ourselves to listening to a two-party battle.

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