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Not necessarily three.
What it needs a true progressive party.
Sadly the Democratic party has festered, it speaks the right ideals but does not act accordingly.

Throughout American history parties have switched 'sides'. this election took place during a period of overlap. The Clinton Democrats no different than tha main stream Republicans.

The real contest was between Trump and Sanders to provide a true choice to the voters, Clinton refused to let Sanders fight the battle and Trump won.

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VicZincs avatar VicZinc Disagree +3Reply
@VicZinc Not necessarily three. What it needs a true progressive party. Sadly the Democratic party has festered, it...

But why isn't there a third or even fourth party? I would expect that of the US.

The number three is good. It gives people a choice.

Canada has three parties and we're not half as frustrated as the US is....

@VicZinc OK. Three it is.

You caved too quickly VicZinc. So there are probably holes in my argument...ha...

Shouldn't you be at work today?

Damn...now I forgot my next post...see the effect you have on women? Vic.

@Sukiesnow You caved too quickly VicZinc. So there are probably holes in my argument...ha... Shouldn't you be at work...

The classic argument against a third party is that it means a coalition government. If the majority party does not win, then the remaining two (or more) parties need to compromise in order to maintain a ruling majority. Not that it can't work, because it does in most other countries besides the US.

On the other hand there is something to be said for the success and prosperity of the US. It must be doing something right. Maybe not the two party system, but something is working.

VicZincs avatar VicZinc Disagree +1Reply

A third party sounds good but I don't think it works in this reality. (As much as I wish it could) We have two parties Liberal and Conservative. The Country is roughly split in half by party affiliation. A third party just splits the vote of those voting Republican "or" Democrat, but not both. In the past, third party candidates have either leaned to the left or the right, and have taken votes from that candidate.
An example could have been this past election. If Bernie had been a third party candidate, he could not of won and Hillary certainly couldn't have won. If Cruz had been a third party candidate, neither Trump nor Cruz could have won.
If we want a "third" party candidate to win we have to do what happened with Trump. (Like him or not) He was a non-republican, non-democrat option

We do have a third party. Independent. And you are correct. Listening to trump , his words speak of authoritarian. Not republican.

The independent party never has the financial or political backing that comes with elections. If trump doesnt ruin our system, we nay see a change next time around

People always think they just need a stronger or cleverer or some other bigger and better way to force each other to do something. You are talking about continuous war, even against your own people. Give it up. The war is between central government and free people. The only function of government is to prevent any other group from taking control. The duty of a citizen is to control his government. That is why governments always eventually treat citizens as enemies of the state.

People give lip service to freedom until somebody does something actually free. Then they start saying "Uh oh, we gotta put a stop to that."

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