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6/4/16

US Presidential elections High time US joins majority of world’s democracies and gives multi-party system a chance

USA: The Two Party System Has failed And Is Corrupt
Former Republican governor of New Mexico, who has just been nominated for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. He also  ran four years ago and got 1 percent of the popular vote.

This year his running mate is William Weld, a former Republican governor of Massachusetts. Jill is Jill Stein, a Massachusetts physician who ran for president four years ago and got about half a percent of the vote as the Green Party candidate.

Johnson and Weld want more personal freedom, less government and no foreign entanglements. Stein sounds a lot like Bernie Sanders in her dislike of the two-party system and like Sanders and consumer advocate Ralph Nader in her disdain for corporate power and worry over climate change. 

With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemingly locked in a battle to be the most hated presidential candidate in history, and Bernie Sanders fighting the system for the Democratic nomination, many voters are feeling.

America is stepping in to fill the void that the major parties ‒ and the mainstream media ‒ have created this election season. 

The grass is always greener on the other side, and Americans often denounce our polarized two-party system in favor of three or more parties, with good reason. Our current arrangement deters us from voting for third-party candidates, as we are loath to waste a vote.

Crossing the aisle is a political liability for lawmakers, who are forced to vote in lockstep with their party. Consensus is admittedly difficult with many opposing coalitions in countries with multi-party structures, and the formation of too many parties must be prevented; this could easily by achieved by requiring parties to maintain a percentage of the vote in order to remain active.

The US could have the best of both worlds by establishing a proportional system in order to give minority parties a fighting chance, which would in turn keep the majority parties on their toes.

Perhaps it would motivate them to work harder for their constituents, lest they be voted out in favor of a third party contender.

It’s high time for America to join the majority of the world’s democracies by giving a multi-party system a chance.

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