Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Let's have a three way

Historically, I have long resisted the notion that America needs to have a three-party government. Throughout history, our nation has flirted with this notion numerous times.

Over the course of the past 30 years, we have had the Green Party, the Independents, the Tea Party, etc. Ross Perot, anyone?

This election, thus far, has been rather contentious and some people believe this election may lead to a fracturing of the Republican Party (if not an implosion), something I would welcome with glee.

We have had the Populist Party, the Progressives, the Prohibition Party, Greenback Party, Jeffersonian Democrats. Perhaps the most striking example was the Bull Moose Progressive Party, a party that Theodore Roosevelt was a member of when his own party rejected him in the 1912 election.

In some circles, many people believe Ralph Nader's run on the Green Party ticket cost Al Gore, Jr., the 2000 election. I, for one, DO blame Nader for the asinine situation our country has been in since President Bush was handed the election.

My reason for questioning whether the U.S. should have a third party has become apparent since President Obama has taken office. Let's face it, our two-party political system is badly broken. Irretrievably so remains to be seen.

Stalemate. Obstruction. Tit-for-tat. I poke you in the eye, you poke mine. Seriously, our current leaders have ripped a page out of a Three Stooges movie.

Listen to Donald Trump and you'll hear a five-year old spoiled brat whining. "They did it first, They treated me badly." The only thing he has not yet said is, "Ma, he's looking at me (but he's come close)!"

If you listen closely to Sen. McConnell, when he said he would refuse to entertain President Obama's nominee to replace the late Justice Scalia, he went on to say "if the Democrats were in control, would they act any different?"

Probably not.

McConnell believes the people should choose, but didn't we do that when President Obama won the Presidency, not once but twice?

So, the question is, is it time for a three-party political system in America?

I'm not certain. It'd probably take us a decade to acclimate to it and one problem with a three-party system is that no one will have a majority. But it would force both parties to play nice with the third party (it's called sucking up) and then maybe, just maybe something would get done in Washington. Maybe.

Personally, I'd rather our two parties grow up and do their jobs, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

So, what do you think? Would our country be better off with a three party political system? And if so, what should it look like?

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