I apologize for taking so long.
So far, I have noted trends in American politics that suggest an electorate frustrated with it's current government and increasingly leaving the two
parties. There have been historical examples of third party successes and recent popular movements that breath fresh air into a stale American
politic. My position is that these trends will continue to cause a higher rate of independent voting and more sophisticated alternatives to the
choices we have now.
My opponent has formed an argument based on the disparity in financial capacities between the two major parties and any alternatives.
The superfluous money in politics is one of the primary issues that the electorate would like to see changed.
Nearly 90 percent of people in the United States say there is too much corporate money in politics, according to a new poll from a collection of
watchdog and public interest
5.8 billion$ was spent in total during the 2012 election cycle. This is disgusting.
Most agree that money in politics is a problem and it is being addressed thanks to pressure from the people.
On Thursday, Axelrod said the president would push for campaign finance reform if he won a second term.
link from September
Today at the Education Nation forum, Mitt Romney finally admitted that money distorts our democracy by improperly influencing politicians, and
causing them to ignore their constituents in favor of powerful donors. He even called for action to end this problem, saying it’s “the wrong way
for us to go.”
Both sides agree that campaign finance reform should be addressed, and this will inevitably cede some power to independent and third party
Surely, the influence
of the two parties is declining. But, they are currently so successful in terms of elected officials, at what point will
they no longer be dominant
In terms of registration the two parties are, in fact, not dominant. 39% Republican, 33% Democrat, 28%
There are nearly as many people identifying in some other way as with one of the two major parties.
Ideologically, our electorate is not as dominated by Democrats and Republicans as one might think.
When will this translate into election victories?
As ridiculous spending gets addressed, we'll see a more even playing field. Further, social media makes it easier for a word of mouth type grassroots
movement to spread without much advertising.
We have a Democrat executive and a Republican house. Recent challenges to problem solving will persist. The election will do little to address the
underlying flaws in our politics. While the election cycle may have seemed to temporarily fortify the bipartisan dominance, people will once again
protest our limping government between now and 2016.
I propose that in the next four years there will be a call to address campaign finance, as has been indicated. There will be a continuing trend of
grassroots movements until one finally develops a sustainable national following.
The tea party was plagued by fringe fanaticism.
Occupy had too narrow a focus.
The past few years have proven that people are eager to entertain an alternative. Attempts were made to cause change in the government, and there have
But, we still have the same issues and the same government. People don't like it, leaders will step up.
The correct movement when seeking a genuine change would be one with the primary goal of challenging the two major parties, making American politics
more dynamic and less uniform.
I believe this will happen, but my argument is one far from being based on blind faith. People are not satisfied with government, they are leaving the
two parties, they are taking action, and these trends will continue to develop into more intelligent action.
Now, if you can ensure me that our government will start functioning in a way that meets popular expectation, I might reconsider. If you can ensure me
that in two, or four years, people will be proud of their president and congress and give full approval, I'll concede defeat.
Your argument is not that there is no need for a check on two party dominance.
You argue that America is not capable of enacting the changes that many want.
In closing, I'll put forward a potential candidate: Wealthy, elected as independant
Michael Bloomberg (I), mayor NYC.