Is a two-party system the most effective way to run modern American politics?

When George Washington took office in 1789, there were no defined political parties. Washington even made a statement condemning the development of highly partisan politics, as it may become a distraction from serving the American people. This, however, did not stop the Founders from taking sides on key issues that were plaguing the young nation and it was from these differences that the first political parties grew. Today, the United States is at a crossroads. Third party candidates got more votes in the 2016 Presidential Election than ever before. Does this mean the two-party system is antiquated, or is it working well for the United States as whole? Ultimately, we must ask, is the two-party system the most effective way for us to participate in modern American politics?

Those in favor of the two-party system believe that it can simplify politics for many Americans by providing political platforms. Additionally, the two-party system has a historical precedence of functioning well in the American version of a democratic republic.

Those against the two-party system believe that it does not offer sufficient room for new ideas and third-party candidates. Additionally, some believe that civil discourse among family, friends, and government officials is experiencing a break down through the intense polarization that can result from a two-party system.

Is a two-party system the most effective way to run modern American politics?

Current Standings:
Yes: 30%
No: 70%
  • Quincy from Arizona

    While the constitution does not provide language that explicitly endorses a two party system, a great deal of its laws perpetuate their existence like the electoral college and plurality voting. The electoral college makes it virtually impossible for a third party candidate to win any given office by discouraging votes in individual states amongst other things. Likewise, plurality voting, which guarantees the candidate with the majority of votes wins, generally favors two opposing sides as time goes by. This is only made stronger by the fact that The majority of Americans seem to lean towards the right or left, with a small percentage staying in between. As long as these systems are in place, a two party system will naturally prevail.

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  • Tessa from Arizona

    In modern US politics, many different opinions and arguments can keep the government from electing officials, passing laws, and getting other such work done. In order to make these tasks simpler and easier, the United States uses a two party political system, which has been in place since before the 1800s. It has always been the easiest and most effective way to elect officials, but is it really valuable in modern politics, where there are an inifinite number of opinions? Yes, it is, for that exact reason. Amendment 12 of the Constitution states that any candidate for the office of President needs a strict majority (fifty-one percent or higher) of electoral votes to be elected. With a party for every opinion and a candidate for every party, how can a strict majority ever be accomplished? Its nearly impossible, and at the very least time consuming. And that is for the office of President alone. Imagine having to decide between even more candidates on a ballot of senators, representatives, electors, and more. Its simply ineffective. With a system like this, no person in the United States would want to be educated on the issues following the general public. That is why a two party system is, as the prompt states, “the most effective way to run modern American politics.”

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  • Carmiña from Arizona

    While it may not be the most fair or inclusive way to elect government officials, the two party system is Constitutional and effective. In the tenth amendment to the constitution it states, “The powers not delegated to the United States of America, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” So because a two-party system, or any party system for that matter, is not delegated to the Federal Government, it is given to the people. Not only that, but the people have the right to free speech, freedom of the press, and the right to assemble as explicitly stated in the first amendment. Therefore, a two-party system is constitutional. As for the effectiveness, common logic says that dividing the country into two parties most easily allows for a clear majority to win, so not only is it constitutional, but it is effective in getting leaders elected fairly quickly.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I agree that it may not be fair, its effective. If we had more, it would take way longer to get anything done and it would split the economy even more.

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    • Kylee from Pennsylvania

      I agree with this because two parties is a lot more manageable than multiple parties. As she states above having two parties allows for a clear majority to win and helps elections to go faster. It is the most effective way to run our government.

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      I agree with this because two parties is a lot more manageable than multiple parties. As she states above having two parties allows for a clear majori…

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  • Shannon from Arizona

    The Constitution states that our united purpose is to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. As long as both parties are united in this cause, then both should exist. Our citizens are given the right to vote. Without these two parties, there would be no way to have a general overview of each candidates beliefs besides the ones stated above. The two parties help each voter be able to better able understand the general views and beliefs without all the sub categories of different names for each and every view on political situations.

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    • Katie from Washington

      But Shannon, don’t you feel that two parties simply cant be diversified enough to follow what america needs as a whole? I feel that a two party system makes the choices very limited and due to it we only discuss the same issues every election year rather than work towards different subjects and goals.

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  • Clayton from Arizona

    In amendment 15 section 1 of the constitution it states that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Reading this I believe that the two political party system allows for the people to easily find views and standpoints of candidates and also for them to vote and continue to vote with the party that champions their political views, the political parties are businesses run independent of the government. Therefore any move by the government to stop the continuation of these parties would be unconstitutional under the grounds that the government would be infringing on the right of citizens to vote easily and intelligently for a candidate who supports their values.

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  • Aanika from Texas

    The “winner take all” aspect of the governmental system is essential in guaranteeing a majority emerges. If the votes were spread out through more than two candidates it would be nearly impossible for one to achieve a majority vote of greater than 50%. Without the two-party system there is a chance that the federal government could fall apart. This is not an irrelevant issue; Spain hasn’t had a government for the past 11 months due to the stubbornness of the 4 parties in power. Without the Electoral College allotting votes to one of two parties, there would be a chance for smaller parties to come to power and block a majority. Without this two-party system the government and its processes would drastically change and become increasingly dysfunctional, with multiple parties attempting to further their own agendas.

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  • Laine from Arizona

    The reality of the voters in America is that not everyone will go the extra mile in researching the best candidate. Although the two party system might limit the options for voters, it creates a convenient way for the two parties to present their positions. Having only two options has been known to make an easier way for all non-educated voters. Interestingly, the Constitution never mentions political parties, it does not endorse nor condemn their existence. The two party system is the most effective and convenient way for the citizens of America to vote.

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  • Emma from Arizona

    Although the two party system today is not the most honest, it can be named as one of the most effective ways. It does not explicitly state in the Constitution how the government should be run, but several inferences have been made going all the way back to the Founding Fathers who disagreed with George Washington on the two party system. To put it simply, there will always be a differing in opinions, this is just a way to organize these opinions in more of an orderly fashion.

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  • Gideon from Oklahoma

    Look at Europe. It’s miserable. They are constantly changing there government. Nothing can get done and numerous parties gives revolutionaries and libertarian-type candidates a decent shot at winning when the nation’s leader only needs 20% of the votes to win. Just imagine how troubled this nation would be if a communist was elected president because of a minority segment of Democrats outvoted us all.

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  • Sebastian from Texas

    Sure, it’s a flawed system, but what’s the alternative? It’s not the best, but all other alternatives look better on paper than they are in function.

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  • Stephen from Texas

    Yes.I believe the two party political system is great for the country. There is lots of the medias saying about politics for this and, even George Washington explains when there are none of the Political Parties. In the end most of this takes place in the senate and, now this is what we can find out about politics.

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    Yes.I believe the two party political system is great for the country. There is lots of the medias saying about politics for this and, even George Was…

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  • Alex from Washington

    Yes because the two political parties offer complete different beliefs and if you do not agree with them you can vote “third party”

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  • Michael from Washington

    I feel the system we have now is a lot more organized. Although third parties have less of a chance to get elected, They still get the benefits as the republicans and the democrats.

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  • Oscar from Washington

    There are more pros than cons

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  • Shelby from Washington

    I believe that this two party system has been working for us for so long and that it will continue to work. If you add in another party or a few more parties, it could possibly make politics more confusing.

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  • Shaylee from Washington

    I came to the conclusion that a two party system is the most sufficient way to go for our country. The two party system mobilizes popular participation in the nomination and election of candidates for public office. This allows a more easy and superficial way to running an election. Having two parties is nearly the same as having just having two opposite sides to an argument. There is a right or a wrong it is up to you to decided what opinion you have. All in all the democratic and Republican sides make it easier for Americans to choose when coming up with a national leader instead of having to choose between many many different “parties” that would in retrospect be similar to most of the other parties for there is only so different one party can be.

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  • simon from Pennsylvania

    I think having two parties is good because if there was only one group then everyone would be forced into what they believe in

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  • Kaleb from Pennsylvania

    The two party system works as good as it ever has. Having the two party system keeps splinter parties from pulling votes away from these huge mainstream party candidates. As in this past election we had such a small percentage voting outside of Republican and Democratic parties.

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  • Ethan from Pennsylvania

    I think a two party system is a great. Each party brings it sown ideas to the table. Everyone in America has the right to vote for what they feel is right. Both parties have there own outlooks that the other party does not agree with. Our country has this two party system because its easier to maintain. Like I said each party has their own outlooks and our country has a lot of people with multiple different outlooks on political problems.

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  • Jordan from Pennsylvania

    We’ve been using it for so long, if we stopped. I think government would be screwed up

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  • Brent from Pennsylvania

    The only way to ensure equality is by having checks and balances for the other parts of government. Communism has obvious flaws, monarchies can become corrupt, and dictatorships are too far from equality.

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  • Mary from Pennsylvania

    I agree with the two-party system because it provides structure for our very disorganized country. It also groups different sides of issues into two major ideas, which is important in uniting views that are similar. The two-party system provides this structure and without structure our country cannot prosper in the right direction.

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  • Ella from New Jersey

    A two party system is the most effective way to run modern American politics. The two party system that started out with this country has flowed and molded with us to get this country through a lot of crazy times in history. The two party system is a lot more flexible than most people think which can clearly be seen through history. The two party system also stimulates participation and interest in politics that I have seen first hand. Now that my peers have been in high school for a couple years we have gotten more involved in politics. Signing up for newsletters from major political parties I got news about politics and felt more connected to the government. Getting news about politics from a major political organization made me want to read about news from other news sources, so I ended up learning a lot and wanting to look up news from all over. In a two party system, the party out of power also keep a watch on the party in power and serves as a communication between the people who are not represented by the majority elected party and that party. Especially in modern America, people are and can be represented in many forms, especially from the major political party that is out of office. Calling in the senators and talking with others around the world about politics throughout the years, not only in presidential election years, makes the people (who are invigorated by the opposing political party and the actions of the party in power) a watchdog to the government. There are arguments against the negativity of two party systems that has “all of a sudden” entered American politics, but to see why a two party system is effective and can and will always move the country forward; one can look to history. In the beginning of the United States government, no political parties were made, but they soon emerged. Political parties are an established part of government by 1796 and started to form around Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as the two fought under George Washington Administrations to set up the government in a way they, and their supporters, wanted. In the beginning, Federalists fought for a strong, central government and advocated for the Constitution. Once can see the negativity of politics comes from the very beginning when the opposing Anti-Federalists, later the Democratic-Republicans, form from the woodworks just to oppose the Federalists! From the beginning, politics got people talking. Instead of making politics in the hands of the elite, Thomas Jefferson and others bring the farmers and others into the political spectrum! The Era of Good Feelings started in 1817-1825 in which many of us learn harmony within the parties happened, but really that is not true at all. During this time so many fractions in the Democratic-Republican party that it was split into the National Republicans (later the Whigs) and the Democrats. This “Era of Good Feelings” that was really full of tension only happened because the Federalist party lost to Democratic-Republicans before hand and soon lost their voice when Hamilton left and the party got on the opposite side of public patriotism during the Hartford Convention. As one party falls, another one rises, and one can see that even if parties split and evolve their names, beliefs, and values, two party systems are flexible enough that the people are kept on their toes and talking while the country evolves. Even at this point, after the fracture of the Democratic Republicans, many different kinds of people evolved in these parties. Jeffersonian Democracy focused on agricultural society with educated leaders while Jacksonian Democracy believed more in the people themselves and a rising industrial society with farmers. Here one can see that all types of people are getting involved in politics and are talking within their party. Having two main platforms for people to look at and then jump off of to dive into research and discussion keeps many people involved in politics with a way to have people connect over broad topics and discuss the important, little details with individualism. As the country grew, the parties grew with it. Growth in the long run meant fractions and melding of ideas as those fractions happened as history happened. For example. Pre-Civil War issues fragmented the Democratic party and two people were nominated for presidents and Post Civil War tensions brought more Whigs (who were formed in opposition to Andrew Jackson and wanted strong government in the economy) into the party who as had split because some Whigs were geographically siding with cotton and the slave trade while others were going with mainly morals in mind. The Whigs who split because of moral reasons ended up joining the Know-Nothing Party and later the Republicans. During the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, the Republican Party had a divide and eventually were steered towards progressive reform with Theodore Roosevelt. Progressive ideals that were brought in by TR and his Republican followers had the same ideals as the Populist Party which disappeared. As you can see, throughout history many parties have come and gone who have, in the end, had similar values. As people and circumstances of America change, so do the parties. During the Civil War a lot of factioning happened by geographical locations while after the Civil War radical vs liberal Republicans were looking at how to bring the South back into the USA. Because time lets us see things from a historic perspective and we can only see big changes through the lens of time that gives us perspective, we can see (in what would be pretty recent when having to wait for time to pass to see what changes actually happen) that the Vietnam War divided the Democratic Party (as a lot of people decided to run and tensions were high and votes were to spread to connect the party) and after Nixon lost in 1960 Republicans were also really divided. There are so many points in history in which parties have changed and disappeared and created to add and significantly changed other parties, but in the end two parties have always emerged. The major parties of America have changed so many times and the fractures and other, smaller political organizations have added and defined the values of the two main parties, whatever they may be called. The values of these parties have changed a lot because of historic events and the littler parties and talking from citizens that have made the two parties into what they are today. These fractures and heated moments have been happening since the beginning of politics of the United States. It may seem like we are in a crazy and hard time right now but this is the time in many years that could be a defining time in the world to move parties and culture forward. Just think! Already, so many people have been talking with each other and protesting and creating new focuses in not only political parties but American culture. History shows us that parties are always made of individuals and no two party system can stop that. Individuals still have plenty of place in a two party system. History actually shows us that when their are lots of littler groups that have been divided like the Democrats during the Vietnam War, the party is lost and can not unite! Really, when it comes down to it, the major political parties have always been changing and always had a very broad platform that can be agreed upon. The broad platform connects the party while the details create debate and conversations with individuals. For example, The Atlantic cites the Economic views of Republicans and Democrats and while the views are different, the broad problems the parties want to look at at this point encompass 80-90 percent of their audience. The percentage of what the party people are worried about at 90% on the Republican side include decreasing the federal budget deficit and the two other economic concerns are worried about by 84% and 86% of the party respectively. The same high numbers are true for the Democrats. 91% of the party is worried about rising unemployment while 90% is worried about increasing numbers of Americans without health insurance, according to the same Atlantic article. The things people are worried about connects them and the way everyone wants to solve these problems is the thing that changes a party and a culture and makes the two party system great. The two party system is what history says we fall back on to unite as a culture but still have enough differences and wiggle room in debate and opinion. Finally, at the moment people-press.org explains that right now the Democrats and Republicans do not view each other which much anger. 55% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans are afraid of the opposing party while even more are frustrated and angry with each other. Those numbers are to high, but are bot to be blamed on the two party system. Politics in general, since Hamilton and Jefferson, has been created and thrived off of a difference of opinion and disagreement. Civil disobedience and respectful arguments and totally different perspectives and ways to solve problems defines politics and creates our culture. The United States is a community and together millions of individuals create conflict to then create so many solutions and move forward to create today. Politics is only negative when respect and communication is not had. The two party system is not to blame for what some people have created. History shows us again and again that conflict happens, but moves us forward, and in the end two political parties has been just enough for the American people to have enough to go off of but still be individuals and, overall, come together. Splitting up into more factions will certainly not create more unity in our nation, and looking to history I am certain that, in the end, unity will come and the two party system will just continue to evolve. The two party system cultivates diversity of thought and allows for factions and individuals to stand up and change the course of a party. Having a broad roof that connects us into mainly two groups has worked for the American society, and in the end, getting involved in the government and caring about what happens unites all of us. Hate and negativity between parties needs to stop, but hate and negativity is not created by a system but by people. Keeping an open mind is something we need to do throughout history in looking at all things, but that is a people problem that we will slowly fix together. Already, for centuries, the two party system has been melding together and building off each other which is exactly what Americans have to do. Through it all, as Pietro Vivola points out, Marc J. Hetherington(of Vanderbilt University demonstrates in a key chapter of Red and Blue Nation?)” finds, the polarized political parties have animated voters of all stripes—liberals, conservatives, and moderates. Growing civic engagement and voter turnouts are hallmarks of a vibrant democracy, not of a ‘broken’ one.” Democracy will forever be alive and well with a two party system because the people of America and political parties will forever be fluid and ready to change with the next change of though, conflict, and solution.

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  • Zack from California

    My opinion on the two-party system is simply just matters of thinking of whats right and whats best for our people. I believe having an open mind and bringing more ideas to the table is a good thing, but I also believe in taking ideas out in order to bring better and more sufficient ideas up and keep what is less sufficient out of the way, because later on those ideas we thought was good could cause major issues. We need people on both sides in order to be the most successful, because that way we can find the pros and the cons to every idea that comes to mind. Instead of having one party that just has their ideas and puts the to action, not thinking of the later consequences that may or may not occur.

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  • Nicolas from West Virginia

    It is very clear that there are flaws in both of America’s two major party but nonetheless it is vital that a candidate get a majority of the electoral collage to gain office rather than just a plurality. If America were to implement a third major party, a candidate could win without necessarily having a majority of the population agree with their views. Imagine if Bernie Sanders won a spot into the third party this past year and the election was very close. Trump wins 40% and the other two tie with 30%. The majority of the population would be angered with the results and only 40% satisfied. Imagine the rage! Even with our two party system we have spent months trying to prove that Hillary should have won because of the tight campaign and election. Just imagine the outrage if someone won without even getting a majority!

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  • Batoul from New York

    The key term in that statement is ‘modern’. If we look around the modern world today, countries with a one party system (N. Korea, China, Russia, etc) there is a trend of totalitarianism in the government and dissent within the people. The reason why a system with more than 2 parties would not work is because it would lead to more divide. If there were 5 parties, then it would take less electoril votes to win, thus leading to a president who could not even get 1/2 the country to agree with him/her. Two is there perfect amount. We are never going to have a candidate that that perfect lines up with our political beliefs, but that is why sometimes we must vote for a party — not the person.

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  • Antonio from Connecticut

    The two party system has worked in American Politics because it has consistently worked in the past. It is a system that encourages bipartisanship to accomplish anything. The system actually does not encourage polarization because without a unprecedented majority can not pass legislation in the Senate. We have seen this with the Republican efforts to “repeal” parts of the Affordable care act. The only reason they could have a chance to pass anything is that it was done as a budget reconciliation. Therefore they were not truly repealing the ACA just messing around with how it is funded. If either party wants to pass actual legislation they need the support of their ideological opposition. That means compromise and quite often the moderate path is the most beneficial to the country.

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  • Emma from Florida

    As mentioned in the blurb about this topic provided by Think The Vote, the two-party system has been historically the most effective (though that very well may be because we haven’t exactly tried anything else and third-party-candidates rarely do well enough to shake things up enough for us to try something else). “Modern American politics” is, at this point, defined by and dependent upon the two-party system. The American republic is rooted in capitalism, the “American dream” being the ability to climb economically. Whether that’s an actual possibility for everyone is beside this particular point, because that “dream” is what gets Americans out of bed and into their jobs every day. The “dream” is often less about money for the average American and more about choice. Americans take pride in the fact that we have the freedom to make our own choices, whether that be choosing a desired job, choosing where to live, choosing what to believe, and then, of course, choosing which box to mark on a Voter Registration form. It is undeniable that the way we learn history, we can clearly see two sides: the good side or the bad, the winner or the loser. The lines between these things are thinly drawn but still bold, because Americans really don’t like to linger between them. Americans like to know they’re on the winning side. They like to know that the choices they got to make were worthy ones. The pseudo-primal instinct to want to walk away with the win is easily preyed upon by politicians and the special interests who fund them. How do you get voters to vote for you? Convince them you’re going to win. But there’s never a winner without a loser, so there has to be someone to oppose, an idea to oppose, a group to oppose. When Americans only have to pick between Democrat or Republican, it’s very easy for politicians on either side to rope in voters who may not completely agree with their viewpoints, but who like to see their party win. The system is then perpetuated by special interests, who are partisan in their money-giving. Corporations choose sides all the time, allying themselves with one party or another to advance their interests. Politicians are more hesitant to compromise with co-workers on the other side of the aisle when they could lose vital campaign money over it or when jobs are at stake. This system also allows each party to filter candidates in a more concrete way. Without the two-party system, there would be a wider variety of viewpoints, conservative and liberal ideals mixing and matching, and more of a possibility that candidates with lower political status could get a following. Now, to get DNC /RNC funding, to get the support of the millions of people who back the party, to get colleagues on your side of the aisle to give speeches and attend your events, you have to have the DNC/RNC’s support and approval. These organizations get to decide who they do and don’t want to represent the party behind closed doors, allowing them to decide whose turn it is or isn’t to run, therefore keeping more incumbents in office. This keeps Congress and the White House, nice and partisan and elite. The two-party system upholds the capitalism elitism that is ultimately the current backbone of what we call “modern American politics.” The question at hand for us as a nation right now, I think, isn’t whether or not the two-party system works for “modern American politics,” because when you break it down, it is undeniably the most effective. Rather, we should be asking ourselves whether or not this is what we want FUTURE American politics to look like. Do we really want to continue to uphold elitism? Do we really want to continue to let our country be divided in half? Are we ready to see what happens if we don’t change now?

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  • Josh from Michigan

    I would argue that a two-party system is good for the United States because the two parties balance each other out. Just like a bird cannot fly without it’s left-wing and it’s right-wing, the United States cannot be great without it’s two major parties.

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  • David from West Virginia

    As long as there is a dichotomy in political opinion, the two-party system will work. What we’re seeing right now could be the beginning of a new political party to replace one of the two current parties, or it could simply be a fluke in the political process.

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    • Sophie from Oregon

      George Washington once warned that political factions would only divide the country, and I think he had a point. The problem with Americans today is that they’re not focusing on actual policy, but on what they call themselves. Labels have become more important that actual beliefs. If you say you’re a conservative, you automatically lose the support of a huge part of the population before they even hear you out. With these two parties, there is no room for third parties who may not agree fully with either the left or right. We need to begin to focus on what we can do as one people rather than constantly arguing over different issues that arise between factions. The rioting and arguing that has arisen is a result of the divide between parties. In America, people have the right to believe what they want but we need to change our worldview from self centered to community centered and I believe one of the only ways to do that is to eliminate the parties which have caused so much turmoil and establish one nation under God once again.

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      George Washington once warned that political factions would only divide the country, and I think he had a point. The problem with Americans today is t…

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    • Nivi from California

      The two party system serves as a fair balance between two distinct ideologies. Those who identify as conservatives and liberals both have platforms to lean on. What is effective in the USA’s politics is the inclusion of variations of such ideologies. Those who don’t feel as though they are “majorly” liberal may identify as center left and vice versa with conservatives. The beauty of this is that it allows individual interpretation and opinion while still maintaining a baseline to work off of. In our congress this system allows for individuals to both band together in a group effort, or disperse based on personal opinion.

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  • Laine from Arizona

    The two party system is efficient, yet brings America down the road of a democracy. The U.S is ruled by the mobs of Republicans and Democrats, thus making America a democracy were the mob rules, instead of a Republic. Because the Constitution ensures a Republican form of government, the parties are unconstitutional.

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  • Nate from Arizona

    The goal of voting is to elect representatives by the voice of the people. However when only two parties are allowed to run, American choices are restricted by limited views and only given two choices. This restriction seems to be effective, but is simple not accomplishing the goal of electing the representatives the people actually want.

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    The goal of voting is to elect representatives by the voice of the people. However when only two parties are allowed to run, American choices are rest…

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    • Katie from Washington

      I agree. The choice is very narrowed and it becomes a “Me vs You” system rather than a “Whats best for us?”

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I agree Nate, if there is only 2 parties, than the people are restricted on their beliefs. I believe that that’s also why lots of Americans don’t vote.

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  • Elesha from Arizona

    The constitution supports public gathering but sometimes the reason people gather is because they do not fit into either one or the other category. They are somewhere in the middle. The spectrum of differing views is so broad that there has to be more than two, if any, political parties. With the way the system is set up now, many people do not even vote because they cannot fully disagree or agree with either side. Having a two party system just causes people to have more disagreements or just be quiet. It is definitely not the most effective way.

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  • Michael from Arizona

    Is the two party system supported by the constitution? Yes. But the question we must ask ourselves is, is the two party system most efficient? To that I would have to say no. the two party system makes it impossible for anyone outside of the red and blue to get anywhere. These two parties provide no middle ground for anyone to vote on which makes no one happy. The founders created a government to be in the middle of left and right. By creating the two party system we have succefully undermined one of their greatest accomplishments

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    Is the two party system supported by the constitution? Yes. But the question we must ask ourselves is, is the two party system most efficient? To that…

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  • Gillian from Michigan

    A 2 party system divides the country and makes it hard for people not in those parties to be elected as government officials, especially president.

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  • Enoc from Missouri

    The two party system has been a part of U.S government for a very long time, but even though it has taken us through the toughest problems and kept us as one of the worlds super powers. The negatives of the system outweigh the positives. Only having two parties limits the possibilities of government systems options the public could have to vote on. Giving other parties a voice and a chances to share their ideas with the public could make the country even better and solve some problems that can’t be solved with just Republicans and Democrats. This also creates a divide between the people because you’re either one or your the other.

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    The two party system has been a part of U.S government for a very long time, but even though it has taken us through the toughest problems and kept us…

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  • Taylor from Iowa

    If you only hear two points of views when there are a dozen or more to chose from you’re not hearing the whole story. Think of all people in the United States, are we all just one side or the other? I don’t know about the rest of the people in the United States but I don’t just see the world in black and white. I would also like to point out our form of government involves THREE branches that are designed to keep the balance of power. If we only had two, they would tear each other apart as they fought over the absolute power of the people. With just the two points to see, how is anyone able to make the best decision for the people they are representing?

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    If you only hear two points of views when there are a dozen or more to chose from you’re not hearing the whole story. Think of all people in the Unite…

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  • cesar from Texas

    because it creates tension in the people

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  • Colin from Connecticut

    Today our two-party system leaves two sides to any issue. The foundations were laid as the result of differences between our founding fathers over whether two side with Brittan or France during the Napoleonic era and how large the government should be. Today they leave little middle ground on issues such as abortion, gun control, immigration, and taxes. If we were to switch to a multi-party system (which would require either runoff elections or proportional voting) our partisan divide would slowly shrink as new parties with mixed ideologies gained seats in our legislatures.

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    Today our two-party system leaves two sides to any issue. The foundations were laid as the result of differences between our founding fathers over whe…

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  • M from Texas

    the country becomes divided. we need what’s best for everyone for our country.

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  • karisa from Texas

    i vote no because our whole country is divided into republicans, democrats, and the third party. Not only does it create a barrier between the people but it also goes against what George Washington wanted, there wasn’t supposed to be division amongst the country.

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    i vote no because our whole country is divided into republicans, democrats, and the third party. Not only does it create a barrier between the people …

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  • sean from Washington

    the two party system is causing a great war between Democrats and Republicans. whether if its dealing with climate change, isis, or debt ceiling, the media makes every issue into a simple debate between Democratic and republican positions. These parties instead of having a rational discussion and trying to work together and figure an issue out they argue about who is right. Both parties would rather hate and ignore each other, while they do this things take longer to get done.

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    the two party system is causing a great war between Democrats and Republicans. whether if its dealing with climate change, isis, or debt ceiling, the…

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  • Kiana from Washington

    Two-party is not considered the most efficient, because it does not allow for a fair chance for the third party candidates. In the 2016 election, third party candidates received the most votes they ever have, but they still were unable to get any electoral votes because of the two-party system.

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    Two-party is not considered the most efficient, because it does not allow for a fair chance for the third party candidates. In the 2016 election, thir…

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  • Tamara from Washington

    The reason that i would like to see more then just our 2 political parties is because their are third party citizens that don’t agree with either the Democrats or Republicans so that their is another option to give to the others without a voice a voice.

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    The reason that i would like to see more then just our 2 political parties is because their are third party citizens that don’t agree with either the …

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  • Sienna from Washington

    Political Parties often spend more time arguing why their side is better than the other. When in all actuality, neither is ideal. Many Americans often feel that they are both Democratic and Republican, but are forced to chose only one. People are made of many different opinions, religions, colours, and values, so why should we be forced to pick a side when we only agree with half of what they are saying? We shouldn’t have to, which is why old political parties are not the best way to run modern politics.

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    Political Parties often spend more time arguing why their side is better than the other. When in all actuality, neither is ideal. Many Americans often…

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  • Heather from Washington

    American third parties are left out

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  • Adara from Washington

    When there is only 2 parties not everyone has a say in who get elected.

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  • Dawna from Washington

    Because with only two options that does not give much room for you to have many options and people like options. Therefor the more options the more people like but the messier it becomes.

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    Because with only two options that does not give much room for you to have many options and people like options. Therefor the more options the more pe…

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  • Brenna from Washington

    I believe that our country becomes too divided

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  • Logan from Washington

    The two-party system is organized, but it doesn’t encourage the concept of democracy. The multiple-party system helps keep everyone’s opinion in check. It helps keep everybody’s voice recognized.

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    The two-party system is organized, but it doesn’t encourage the concept of democracy. The multiple-party system helps keep everyone’s opinion in check…

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  • Dustin from Washington

    because without divided sides the economy would collapse not everyone will agree with 1 person so we have sides and vote for who we believe in

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  • Daniil from Washington

    Sure the two party system might be efficient, but it might not be the MOST efficient way to run for politics. As other third party candidates run, the other two parties will always (so far) beat them by a large majority, and they never win.

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    Sure the two party system might be efficient, but it might not be the MOST efficient way to run for politics. As other third party candidates run, the…

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  • Maddy from Washington

    We need more variety and options to choose from, not two people with polar opposite views.

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  • Derek from Washington

    there are better candidates that run third party and don’t get many votes at all because they aren’t “democrat” or “republican”

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  • Jasara from Washington

    While I partially agree with Quincy, I happen to think that, because of issues arising that neither the Republican nor Democratic parties lean towards, we require more than two parties, we need a party for each set of related issues.

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    While I partially agree with Quincy, I happen to think that, because of issues arising that neither the Republican nor Democratic parties lean towards…

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  • sky from Washington

    because it only gives two people who are running in that party the main power it doesn’t give other people like third party canidates a chance

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  • Katie from Washington

    The two party system does not offer sufficient room for new ideas and third part candidates. With a two party system we always argue about the same things every election year. Its rare we seriously discuss things like environmentals, LGBT rights, etc. We just seem to be stuck on “Me vs You” rather than “Whats best for us?” or “You know what, what will we do about helping the earth?” There isn’t much helping each other out. Two party systems cause a huge divide.

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    The two party system does not offer sufficient room for new ideas and third part candidates. With a two party system we always argue about the same th…

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  • Peighton from Washington

    I believe that if there is only two parties, then we the people would not be able to express our opinions and views because they would be restricted/restrained by having to choose between two parties that do not align with our views all the time. That is why i believe a multi-party government would be more beneficial then having two. If we have more then two parties, then more people would vote.

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    I believe that if there is only two parties, then we the people would not be able to express our opinions and views because they would be restricted/r…

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  • Tanner from Washington

    I do not think that a two party system is the most effective. My reasoning is because less than half of the population actually votes for the main candidates of both parties, meaning either the majority of Americans are too lazy to vote, or they don’t support either side. If there could be a person that is neither Democratic or Republican that got a majority of America to vote for him/her, it would shut down the two party system

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    I do not think that a two party system is the most effective. My reasoning is because less than half of the population actually votes for the main can…

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  • Natalya from Washington

    The two parties system is taking away from the third party and only gives us the people two option for voting.

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  • William from Washington

    voting is pretty much about what will make our nation thrive at its best and what will make the people happy, but when only 2 parties are able to control this responsability, it limits the amount of decision the people will have and what they would rather have over the two outcomes.

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    voting is pretty much about what will make our nation thrive at its best and what will make the people happy, but when only 2 parties are able to cont…

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  • Tiana from Washington

    The two party system forces American citizens to choose between two parties, neither of which will necessarily share all the same views as the party they are voting for. With the addition of more parties, that actually have a chance of winning an election, people will have more choices of more people with differing opinions. There are too many differing opinions in our country for us to only have two political parties.

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    The two party system forces American citizens to choose between two parties, neither of which will necessarily share all the same views as the party t…

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  • Michael from Washington

    I believe that there are too many beliefs and opinions in the world to just focus on two “modern” ideas. In today’s society we are trying to be different instead of normal, and with that comes your own personal opinion.

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    I believe that there are too many beliefs and opinions in the world to just focus on two “modern” ideas. In today’s society we are trying to be differ…

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  • Drew from Washington

    Due to the different political parties,the nation has been more divided in recent time then ever before. The government needs to put the people interests first rather then their own self interests. These political parties make it hard for them to do this however.

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    Due to the different political parties,the nation has been more divided in recent time then ever before. The government needs to put the people intere…

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  • Andrew from Pennsylvania

    A two party system is not the best way to run a government. A multiple party system is the most efficient way. More ideas will be brought about by more candidates that run for president so no one is undecided when its time to vote.

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    A two party system is not the best way to run a government. A multiple party system is the most efficient way. More ideas will be brought about by mor…

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  • Rebecca from Colorado

    It divides us too much, and we are far more focused on being apart of a part of a party instead of voting for what we believe in.

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  • Shelby from Pennsylvania

    No it is not efficient because it divides the country and doesn’t represent everyone’s beliefs.

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  • Kendra from Pennsylvania

    No, because the multi party system would work better because we would have more option as a nation and other countries do it and it seems to work just fine.

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  • Jenifer from Pennsylvania

    A two party system cannot work anymore. It could have worked it the past but not now. Everyone has different views than one another. Everyone’s views cannot be put into just two parties, there needs to be a variety. No one can please everyone but with different options there can be a bigger chance that things get better. If there is only two choices and someone doesn’t agree with either of them they won’t vote. Voting will go down and everyone that is allowed to should vote. More options and a bigger variety of parties would be better for everyone.

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    A two party system cannot work anymore. It could have worked it the past but not now. Everyone has different views than one another. Everyone’s views …

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  • ashlynne from Pennsylvania

    They are leading the U.S. down a road of democracy

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  • Skyler from Pennsylvania

    Most other countries have switched to a multi-party system, our congress never seems to follow what the populace wants, and our congress likes to have stalemates.

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  • Briana from Pennsylvania

    Many people may say that the two-party system is efficient; however, it only allows people to have two options. In other places around the world there are multi-party systems which allow people to have more options and options of their choice. A multi-party system would allow people to express themselves more freely.

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    Many people may say that the two-party system is efficient; however, it only allows people to have two options. In other places around the world there…

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  • Sam from Pennsylvania

    I think that the two party system works but is turning towards a democracy and i don’t like that.

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  • Cauy from Pennsylvania

    The fact that there are only two parties that are allowed to run to be elected to run the nation does not give us much of a choice on who we can vote for. I think we should be able to have more than two parties running to be able to find the right person instead of having to narrow it down to who isn’t going to ruin this country the most.

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    The fact that there are only two parties that are allowed to run to be elected to run the nation does not give us much of a choice on who we can vote …

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  • Rachel from Texas

    Is it the most efficient? No. But it is what we have. The way things are set up now, people tend to gravitate to one side or the other, as a society we have lost the ability to meet in the middle, compromise. To take this one step further: you can take any topic of today and look at it as a general commentary on society that we have lost to ability to civilly agree to disagree. We subscribe to the idea that if you don’t believe exactly what, and wholeheartedly, I believe then you are wrong, and now I have to prove that you are not just wrong, but that you are “evil”. Take this debate for example, there no room for middle ground even here. You either believe that a two-party system is correct, or you believe that it is unconstitutional and therefore wrong.

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    Is it the most efficient? No. But it is what we have. The way things are set up now, people tend to gravitate to one side or the other, as a society w…

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  • Jailin from Pennsylvania

    I feel like the Two Party System is not working for America. In my opinion, it has caused a divide to our nation. I have witnessed firsthand the effects it has on peoples’ decisions. The fact that a certain person is not your registered party prohibits some from voting how they truly want to. I know that my father will not vote for a Democrat even if he does not fully support the Republican candidate. More than once during this past election, I heard people say “I chose between the lesser of two evils.” In reality, they could have voted between Democrat, Republican, Green, and Libertarian. The two (most) parties are very similar, it is the two differentiating names that creates an illusion of a divide, which has, especially in the past year, completely split the nation. It is unfair to smaller parties, as well. It completely scews the votes when it comes to choosing between the “main two” parties because it limits our choices drastically. Our Founding Fathers did not intend for a Two-Party System. They felt that we needed one SINGLE government to be a successful, unified nation. The Two-Party System does the complete opposite of that.

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    I feel like the Two Party System is not working for America. In my opinion, it has caused a divide to our nation. I have witnessed firsthand the effec…

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  • Lynnette from Pennsylvania

    The two-party systems makes the people of America fight against each other instead of uniting. People are so preoccupied with arguing about which party is better instead of figuring out what is wrong. This system also makes it so minor parties do not gain voters. The two major parties purposely make it harder for the minor party. Germany and Italy are great examples of a Multi-party system. This system would give the country a broader representation of electorates. Additionally, it would be more responsive to what the people want. If the United States keeps the two-party system if will continue to corrupt and U.S.

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    The two-party systems makes the people of America fight against each other instead of uniting. People are so preoccupied with arguing about which part…

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  • abby from Pennsylvania

    With just the two parties, ideas and views can become unclear. Each party would just be focused on the key main points they established and they would then exclude other points another party could cover. Just making the two main parties can cause people to vote for one party only because they have one different view from the other. Why have just two when you can can three and give that other choice that is needed.
    -abby

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    With just the two parties, ideas and views can become unclear. Each party would just be focused on the key main points they established and they would…

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  • Jefferson from Pennsylvania

    Many Third-Party candidates have strong beliefs, however, due to the Two Party System and how we look down upon third parties and the people who vote for them, their ideas are not heard. We put so much value on the Two major parties that we don’t see the values of the minor parties.

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  • Bethanny from Pennsylvania

    The United States has evolved since the Constitution was written, so I believe that we, as a country, need to evolve in this aspect also. A two-party system may seem as if it is working; however, I believe that if we allow Americans to make a decision other than black and white, or in this case red and blue, that we would be a more successful country. If there were more political parties than two then people could see more than just the opposing sides. Having more political parties would allow people to cast a more educated and better vote for themselves. If there are only two to choose from then you have to pick the person you dislike more; however, with more parties there are more people to vote from, and more people for a person to choose from to make the best vote for themselves.

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    The United States has evolved since the Constitution was written, so I believe that we, as a country, need to evolve in this aspect also. A two-party …

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  • NIck from Pennsylvania

    It does not allow third parties to have a voice in their opinions.

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    • NIck from Pennsylvania

      The current system of two parties makes people make a choice that they may not completely agree with. With the option of having a third party, or however many it takes to accomplish the goal, people would be more assured that they are voting for who they think is the right person, without being forced to pick between two parties.

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      The current system of two parties makes people make a choice that they may not completely agree with. With the option of having a third party, or howe…

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  • Madden from Pennsylvania

    I believe the two party system has created many problems within the United States. One problem that has arisen with a 2 party system is the disadvantage it puts on third party candidates. When a 3rd party representative tries to run for office, they are swept without any chance to win because 2 parties dominate the news and the debates. Because 3rd party politicians aren’t given a fair opportunity to run, their supporters are not fairly recognized or appeased on large, national issues. I believe that if everyone had equal opportunities to run in office, they would more fairly represent the citizens that vote for them.

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    I believe the two party system has created many problems within the United States. One problem that has arisen with a 2 party system is the disadvanta…

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  • Lily from Utah

    I feel like we should all have core values that follow along with the constitution and commonly accepted morals. The current two parties have EXTREMELY opposing beliefs and morals, and I feel like as a country we should all settle on some basic values.

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    I feel like we should all have core values that follow along with the constitution and commonly accepted morals. The current two parties have EXTREMEL…

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  • Brittany from Pennsylvania

    Though the two party system has given us the basis for our democracy, it isn’t quite working out anymore. Democrats and Republicans are getting more and more divided in their beliefs, and it seems like they are more focused on getting their own agendas pass than they are focused on taking care of the country. There are many issues that should be non partisan, such as Healthcare, that just aren’t. This division makes it difficult for any policies to be made to improve our lives as citizens. I believe that the to party system should be replaced by a more open system that would be more open to third parties.

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    Though the two party system has given us the basis for our democracy, it isn’t quite working out anymore. Democrats and Republicans are getting more a…

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  • Brittan from Texas

    No having a two party system is not good for the country. Firstly, this forces someone to choose between two candidates that people may not agree with. This happened in the last election where people wouldn’t vote for a candidate instead they voted against a candidate. That is not what the voting system was intended for. It was made so that the people can choose someone who they agree with, not for people who don’t want the other elect to win. Finally, it brings in a mindset of rivalry where the people discriminate based on the party they have chosen to side with. This was again prevalent in the last election where people would get beat, tortured, and sometimes killed if they said they were a trump supporter.

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    No having a two party system is not good for the country. Firstly, this forces someone to choose between two candidates that people may not agree with…

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  • Andrew from Arizona

    The two party system forces Americans to pick one of two political mindsets; red or blue. The issue is, most Americans do not believe in EVERY ideal of either party. Most Americans fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes, agreeing with different sides on different issues. The two party system denies their voices from truly being heard., it forces them to decide which of their own beliefs they want to vote for, and which beliefs they want to betray.

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    The two party system forces Americans to pick one of two political mindsets; red or blue. The issue is, most Americans do not believe in EVERY ideal o…

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  • Noah from Utah

    If all the candidates just identified as right-aligned or left-aligned and then up to 6 of them are voted for, we would have popular candidates that would fit into common ideals and beliefs. Instead, candidates align themselves to a two-party stereotype. Two parties don’t work anymore because of the person-to-person variance in the United States and the sheer mass of the country.

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    If all the candidates just identified as right-aligned or left-aligned and then up to 6 of them are voted for, we would have popular candidates that w…

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  • Lane from Kansas

    The fact that we have two parties is pointless. Each four years we have a needless debate as to who we should elect. And while I’m not saying the Presidential election is pointless, I am saying that the constant back and forth between Democrat and Republican is not needed. I believe that when the Declaration of Independence was created, the Founding Fathers did not want it to become what it is today. They set things in motion for America to become a free nation under one president; and one party. Somewhere along the way, the people running had such differing opinions that they decided to create the parties. In my personal opinion, the fact that we went from one party, to two (which in all honesty, is just a massive fuel source for the internet ‘meme’ community) is completely upsetting. Personally, I feel like it’d be amazing to see people band together again, under one party, to run for presidency.

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    The fact that we have two parties is pointless. Each four years we have a needless debate as to who we should elect. And while I’m not saying the Pres…

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  • Gissell from California

    There has always been this constant argument and war between the two parties for a long time now. I’m still new to learning about how this government works, so reading the articles really helped in a way by showing the two think very differently from each other.

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    There has always been this constant argument and war between the two parties for a long time now. I’m still new to learning about how this government …

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  • Jenny from California

    I do not believe that there should be a two-party system because there is no way to run modern American politics. People with different ideas always have different perspectives of what it is that they think. The way that they visualize things may be different. Therefore, when having two parties there is a big chance of having an argument which then leads into a conflict. Having two parties may have its ups as well. Having more ideas is great so not only one person gets responsible for what it is that is going on.

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    I do not believe that there should be a two-party system because there is no way to run modern American politics. People with different ideas always h…

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  • kristina from California

    The Founding Fathers of our nation didn’t mean for things to be divided into two parties. The two parties were supposed to the help separations of nations. In defense they may have some benefits to it but in my opinion i am against the two parties.

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  • Joshua from North Carolina

    George Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796 was meant to set a precedent for future presidents, but also left a precaution. Washington cautioned three major things: Geographical Distinction, Long Term Alliances in Foreign Affairs, and the formation of Political Parties. AceProject.org (http://aceproject.org/ace-en/topics/pc/pca/pca01/pca01a) defines political parties as “an organized group of people with at least roughly similar political aims and opinions, that seeks to influence public policy by getting its candidates elected to public office.” Washington warned against these Political Parties due to the distraction it would cause in solving local, state, federal, and international disputes and conflicts. Now, when strong, differing opinions that can possibly determine the downfall of a country, and naturally everyone believes their opinion is the right one, we see how conflict arises.
    This two-party system is also outdated. In an era of technology and information sharing, ideas transport quickly. Less and less people are siding Republican or Democratic, and more towards a third party. A classmate of mine had said, “maybe I don’t want vanilla or chocolate ice cream. My favorite is Oreo.” We can no longer be black and white in our current two party system. Republicans may not see eye to eye with Republican ideals, nor may Democrats view similarly with Democratic ideals. America is changing, the people are changing. We need a new system, not one that categorizes people into flexible and inconsistent political beliefs. We need one for the ever-changing American population.
    Great American President Abraham Lincoln had said, “A house divided can not stand.” Political Parties now divide the people of America, and we will fall divided if we do no change.

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  • Kyle from New York

    The Founding Fathers had no intention of our nation being limited to two parties, proven more so by the fact that many created their own parties. Today, we go back and forth between parties, digging a deeper hole along the way. Now that third party candidates are gaining support, we have a chance to make history and elect someone who actually cares about our country and our freedoms, not just making themselves or their party wealthier

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  • Clay from Colorado

    Dividing into two political parties, especially in U.S. Government, can and will drown some ideas from people around our nation. Many believe that when you turn eighteen and go to register to vote, they are forced to either choose Republican or Democrat. With each political party being able to define what they stand for, and how their members will act, almost infringes on U.S. citizens first amendment rights. Because many Americans do affiliate with a specific party, they are not able to think for themselves and think what they believe because the party that they affiliate themselves with will tell its members how they should think and see this action go. Now the Republican or Democratic party does not send out emails or texts about how we should think about things, however we are still influenced in different ways. For example on social media if you do as much as like a republican or democratic post or statement, that social media website is designed to shove all things republican or all things democratic down your throat, therefor these people are not able to research and develop their own opinions because it is practically being told to them. So because of the given information above, I do not think that it is in our nations best interest to run off of a two party democracy.

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  • Logan from Michigan

    If a government is supposed to run by the will of the people, by the people, and for the people then this current system is completely unconstitutional. We’re restricted between a bad and worse choice in every election with no guarantee of real change due to the fact that both parties are influenced by large corporations (No, they are not citizens too, they are greedy leeches of society). So how do we combat this massive threat to our Democracy? We need a multi-party system in which
    1) Ranked Voting is used to represent each candidate to better REPRESENT THE PEOPLE.
    2) More choices will lead to more voter turnout.
    3) In order to have a fair and just voting system, we need districts drawn by independent third parties (preferably a computer program that has already been invented).
    4) We also need to make election days paid days off for every citizen in America, with automatic lifetime voting rights once you reach the age of 18.
    5) Individuals who are incarcerated ought to have their constitutional right to vote protected. If you think about it, they are the ones who the system have failed, therefore they would be excellent judges of ways to improve it and candidates that will effect real change instead of lip service to big companies.
    6) Primaries must also be fair, open, and again ranked voting to ensure the most representation.

    Until all of these conditions are met, The United States will never be a free and fair democracy as our constitution had promised us.

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  • Anna from New York

    The two party duopoly is not only far from the most effective way to run modern American politics, but I would go so far as to argue that it is making America nearly ungovernable. The duopoly of political thought and the heinous cult like nature of both the democratic and republic national parties have forced the American public to choose sides, and to believe that any straying away from one’s party platform for the cause of bipartisanship is dishonorable. The party’s have become corporations and have moved from an era of constructive competition towards one of child-like irrationality. The two party system creates an us versus them narrative both in the halls of Congress, as well as in the streets of America cities. By consolidating thought into two prisms, the two party system has effetely taken a nation of individuals who are able to think for themselves and of hundreds of different political and ideological viewpoints, and created a population of citizens who rely on a platform to form thoughts. The system has lead to the pandering of extremists in an attempt to keep political control of institutions. One may argue that The two party system is the most effective system for America because it has survived since the nascence of the country and has helped the nation accomplish many great feats (i.e. women’s liberation, social justice, education reform, prison reform, etc.); however this perspective fails to recognize that many such accomplishments came from movements separate of the two party system, and were then engulfed in one of the two parties out of fear that a new party could rise from the people’s voice and become a forceful challenger for power. Independents are the biggest and fastest growing group of US voters, but even their name suggests that the group is reliant on the existence of the two party’s (one must be independent of some other entity). The current system has built up walls between lawmakers who could, given the freedom to think for themselves and out of party context, develop and implement sustainable solutions to the problems we are facing as a nation and as a world. Thank you.

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  • Steven from Maryland

    No it is not because it a majority domination. People have become custom to be either Republican or Democratic, if people are neither they really do not have a say as their party/ ideas will rarely to looked upon. No party should be more dominate than another, all should be equal so that all voices are heard. When all voices are heard then the government will truly by of the people, of the people and for the people.

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  • Caleb from Texas

    The two party system creates a cult mentality and partisan loyalty over ideological purity.

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  • Victoria from New Jersey

    No, it’s not. Here’s why, because having a two- party system can only cause more confusion, more difficulties in this system. It’s a divide, it’s a war. We are custom to be either a republican or a democrat and with each party is different views. As a country, we need to realize to compromise and only then will things get done.

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    • Darian from California

      Victoria, I am replying because I couldn’t agree anymore with you. Like you said, we already have problems with just two parties, with more parties included we’d just have complete chaos.

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  • Anthony from North Carolina

    The two parties have become so entrenched that they represent only one of two possible solutions to any given problem. There is no room for a candidate who has a mix of conservative and liberal views. There used to be conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans. A candidate has to join one of the two parties and possibly compromise some of there beliefs to fit a party platform to have any hope of being elected. More parties would allow for more nuanced stances on the issues.

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  • Jonathan from Indiana

    The two party system tends to consolidate power, wealth, and influence into the hands of group elites who then control and dictate politics and policies instead of allowing the citizens that power.

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  • Haley from Texas

    A two party system radicalizes the political system. If only two prominent parties control the political environment, they are forced to choose representatives who represent the extremes of each party. If there were a system in which several different parties were able to vie for control, each party would have to move towards a more moderate candidate in order to gain the support of a broader sector of voters due to the lack of an equal splitting. Candidates would have to appeal to citizens outside of their party instead of simply strengthening the positions of their side of the dichotomous party system. This more moderate system would promote more interparty cooperation, which would likely lead to more successful legislative action through bargaining and helpful arguments over what is the right decision for the voters as a whole instead of solely the interests of the party. Overall, a system in which a larger number of parties was represented would promote progress in a way which a divided polarized system cannot attain.

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  • Steven from Texas

    In a two party system, you have to political parties that are on completely different ends of a spectrum. Yet in reality, many people share political beliefs coming from both sides. When you only have two parties, people are forced to pick the side that mostly aligns with their beliefs, even if only by a little. By introducing more parties into the mix, we as citizens have more opportunities to pick a party that better represents our beliefs.

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