Nice to see a post where someone is showing some concern about the political system even if your knowledge of political science is a bit lacking. Let me clear some things up for you that you can add to your blog.
The Whig party actually was a major party for a short period of time, they replaced the republicans who disappeared for awhile so there has never been
a 3rd party president.
And even if we did vote in a 3rd party slate across the board you should realize that government runs in factions. That is groups of like minded
people will stick together. Some of the founding fathers were concerned about this but Jefferson actually said that not allowing factions in
government would itself be a denial of liberty.
What this means is that even a 3rd party, if elected, would behave the same as democrats or republicans just with a different ideology. Now electing a
3rd party is fairly impossible due to the fact that both sides of major issues the american people care about are already covered by either the
democrats or republicans.
It would be impossible for a 3rd party to have a platform completely different yet still addressing the concerns the nation has about issues. Even
theodore roosevelt when he ran for another term after losing the democrat nomination ran under a 3rd party, his bull moose party, and was soundly
defeated. As a whole 3rd party candidates don't bring enough to the table that is all that much different than the current two parties. Also
independents while claiming to vote on their own merits, more than likely follow the voting patterns of one of the two major parties.
I believe a better option to put in your blog would be multiple candidates. Back in the day there would be multiple people running for president from
the same party, dems had up to 5 in one election, this way they have the basic concerns of the nation addressed but with slightly different approaches
Or you may want to consider a parlimentary style of government which allows seated members based on the percentage of votes collected. That way you
could have a government full of everything dems, republicans, libertarians, you name it. Most of Europe runs this way.
And finally you should think about this. Having an open and free society means also having to put up with people having access to their politicians.
Whether that's us writing letters or coorperations lobbying and spending money it comes with our freedom. You cannot lock people out of having access
to the government officials this is why the supreme court allowed the use of cooperate money in campaigns. Like it or not that is part of our
From George Washington on there has always been special interests vying for favors from the government and these same complaints people are saying
about the government not caring has been around since this country was founded. The only option for those of you that want this not to happen is to
elect a king or supreme ruler who doesn't have to listen to anyone else. I don't think anybody would like that very much.