By Andres Torres
Former president and founding father John Adams once said, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
It doesn’t stop there; other founders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson also voiced concerns about splitting the American people into two separate groups with separate agendas.
So why do we base our government and the way we shape our laws off of the ideas and suggestions of our founding fathers, but ignore them when it comes to the party system?
We need to abolish the two-party system if we wish to truly grow as a nation.
According to Gallup, Inc., 29 percent of Americans identify as Democrats, 26 percent identify as Republican and 42 percent identify somewhere between the two (three percent abstained).
The two parties, as a whole, are not working to our benefit.
Guided by the urge to bid on a specific party, Americans fail to learn about a candidate outside their party who they might otherwise have chosen.
The grand offenders are the politicians within the parties, those looking to satisfy their own agendas and refusing to work with their opponents, resulting in more problems for Americans and leaving the president to deal with a Congress split into two separate groups of people who are working towards two different goals without compromise.
If we weren’t held down by parties that we didn’t wholeheartedly agree with and we actually listened to the issues and solutions that people came up with, we would have a more effective way of working with each other.
Certainly we would be able to avoid yet another government shut-down (the most recent being under Obama’s presidency) that prevents us from moving in any direction.
If you want more proof that the parties tend to divide the American people, all you have to do is look at people’s reactions during various rallies that occurred throughout the current presidential campaigns.
Constant fighting and blatant disrespect for the ideas and beliefs of other people were displayed, like at the San Jose rally where anti-Trump protesters attacked rally attendees, or in New York where a similar problem occurred.
But these are only two of many reported throughout the campaign season.
The dissent is not only about policy concerns. The strife is based on the widely-held belief that “you’re either with us or against us.”
This is the result of a two-party system.
While not all people feel as blindly passionate as everyone else, you cannot ignore the fact that this hatred is present.
The public anger and discourse that has been seen in this election is hard to pin on a single person or entity.
Nobody is without blame in this system, which is why I encourage everyone to look at the system and consider whether this two-party system serves their best interests or the best interests of those running it.
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Abolish the two-party system
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