Posted 2 years ago on June 11, 2012, 3:47 p.m. EST by gnomunny
from St Louis, MO
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I was going to post this as a comment on LeoYo's The Cooperative Party thread but thought it might be better on its own.
In regards to just the math, without regard to the actual reality of our two-party system, my earlier post:
I've done some homework since then. In order for one to understand the underlying problem with our current election process, you need a passing familiarization with what's known as "Duverger's Law:"
An interesting quote from Wikipedia regarding third parties: "A third party can only gain power by exploiting a weakness in one of the other parties." Food for thought.
One of the major problems is, of course, the Electoral College, something I believe should be abolished (but don't expect that any time soon).
That being said, here's a pretty good site (IMO) detailing what's involved in forming a new political party:
Another interesting fact from Wiki is, out of the 39 national political third parties in existence in the US, almost half (16) have been formed in the last ten years, 7 since 2008. It's clear that voters are getting sick and tired of our rigged two-party system. Here's a USA Today article from last year that describes the flight of voters from the R and D parties:
It's entirely possible that in November, the Independents will again split the vote (this is what I'm predicting. I anxiously await the post-election numbers). Maybe then, you passionate (but misguided) "vote for Obama to keep Romney out" guys will finally get with the program. Personally, you guys are probably right, but I just can't bring myself to vote for that guy. I have to vote my conscience. Then, after November, we can all get down to the nitty-gritty.
EDIT: Here are two essential links for details about our political parties, their backgrounds, platforms, and so on: