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Melissa Seideman


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The American Two Party System is so strong that third parties can't effectively influence public policy.

Since the late 1960s there has been much discussion and concern about the stability and the strength of the American two-party system. After David Broder's, (1971) declaration that the "party's over" partisanship has been in decline. Many people believe that third parties could solve the partisanship and divided government that has plagued America for the latter half of the last century. What is your opinion on the two-party system? Can third parties truly make a difference.... in America... in the world?


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    Nov 13 2013: Hi Melissa, I was just reviewing your last conversation to see if you had posted any results of the class project and found another conversation ... is this also a class study?

    This is a doozy of a question ... I am not for sure that either party is that strong ... What I am seeing is many people changing their political status to Independent ... the vote is now going to the party that addresses needs and wants of a society that has become use to "entitlements".

    Let me explain. It was once enough to rally around the flag ... God and country ... patriotism .. and the good of the country. The issues were presented and were the significant issues of the day.

    Today apathy is the word of the day ... we have over time become a nation that has encouraged a welfare generation and in todays terms that is entitlements. The promise of free cell phones ... free medical care ... citizenship outside of the rule of law .... allowing illegals to stay and other actions that are Constitutionally questionable.

    In the news today ... a man ran for office in a city of a majority of black voters and won ... He did not post a picture of himself but published the issues and his stand ... he was white. They now want a recall and the democratic party said it was cheating to not let them know he was white and a republican. This happened in Texas.

    The reason for that story ... what if all candidates were required to address just the issues ... no picture ... no party ... no gender .. etc ... By doing this we could take big money out of the picture. Also parties .... etc ...

    The questions they would have to address remains the issue. Since the Constitution gives the federal government limited responsibilities ... the questions for President would be within the frame of the Constitution. State question again within the state Constitution ... local would be local issues ..

    Hopefully the voters would then be better informed.

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