In Brief—America’s two party system—Democratic and Republican—is rigged to exclude other parties from competing for the people’s vote thereby reducing interest in the democratic system boasted about by America.
The Strangulation of America’s Third Parties—
A cartel for political purposes is defined as a coalition or cooperative arrangement between political parties intended to promote a mutual interest. Sound familiar?
In 2012 Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaign managers acting for the national parties had Dr. Jill Stein and her vice president, Cheri Honkala, the nominees of the Green Party, arrested and handcuffed to a chair because they had the audacity to ask to be included in the so-called “debate” between the Democratic and Republican nominees. Now look again at the definition of a cartel.
Most Americans like to believe they live in a democracy. But do they really? A democracy is defined as a system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives. Merely voting does not make a democracy. If voting alone makes a democracy, then Iran would qualify.
Aided by the Supreme Court conservatives, several Republican-dominated states have made it more difficult to vote in their effort to cement their power. America is alone among developed nations in disenfranchising its citizens…wel-l-l, certain citizens.
Back in January of 2015 I wrote a piece on the ascendancy of the oligarchs. Oligarchy is defined as a government run by only a few, often the wealthy, or a state ruled by such a government. If you doubt that the wealthy and powerful are in control of the levers of government, then you haven’t heard of the Citizens United case (the conservatives on SCOTUS strike again) or looked at the many ways the rich have built-in their advantage in America’s complex tax code. Why are investments granted a lower rate of taxation? What is the carried interest feature about? America is an oligarchy and the average voters are left eating the crumbs that fall off the rich folks’ table.
Over the years, I have become a realist. I choose to look at America and the world as it is, not as I would like it to be. Back in April of 2014 I wrote ”The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?” about whether one chooses to see the world as it really is or maintain the illusion that what the government and the mainstream media falsely claims is reality. Much like Neo, the hero of ”The Matrix”, I see the Democrats and Republicans as depriving the citizens of the right of actually choosing a candidate who represents them, forcing them instead to vote for the lesser of two evils or simply not voting at all.
America is one of the few nations with only a two party system. Most developed nations have a variety of parties that allow the voters to align themselves with a party that represents what that voter believes. Their governments customarily govern with coalition parties that may or may not support that country’s majority party. The key is that the individual voter has a choice.
There are distinct advantages to a multi-party system. Voter enthusiasm and turnout is greater when the voters have a stake in government. Voters can identify with the values of a particular party and, as stated earlier, are not confined to a choice between two parties neither of which represent the voters’ values.
Another advantage of a multi-party system is there is less partisan polarization such as we clearly see in America’s Democratic-Republican system. Today, we can see how the two-party system in America has become so polarized that it is dysfunctional. An extreme faction of the Republican Party has over the past several decades captured the party making it essentially unwilling to join the other party in governing the nation.
America has other parties, but the Republican and Democratic Parties have refused to allow them to take part in governing the nation. As illustrated earlier, the two major parties have actively opposed any involvement by the Third Parties.
Major Third Parties—
What are those major Third Parties? They are the Green Party, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. In addition, there are a number of smaller state parties that have not risen to major party status. Nevertheless, three major Third Parties are somehow surviving in America, but they are being shut out of participation by the Democratic and the Republican Parties. The ruling parties have convinced voters that a vote for a Third Party is a wasted vote. How many times have you heard that?
As I said at the outset, the Democratic and the Republican parties have created a cartel and the voters are stuck with a take-it-or-leave-it decision. So much for the little democracy that survives in America. Only the voters can change that dysfunctional system.
This election is a perfect time for you to vote for a Third Party since the Republican Party is coming apart, but I insist that you find out about the Third Party so you see if it represents your values. I have looked into all three of the major Third Parties and have determined that the Green Party represents my values. You should do the same.
Vote for a Third Party or resign yourself to the status quo that’s robbing you of your right of choice.