Voting does matter, no vote is truly wasted. The statistical data is what will drive policy focus.
The two party fallacy: I know people are going to slam this statement without truly understanding the complexity of what I'm going to try and explain.
The presidency is the only office where the two party system is in effect. This is due to the fact that it is the only nationwide office. Yet I will
explain why even in a multiple party system this would still not alter the outcome.
Take a parlimentary system. Unless one party has a majority, a coalition must be formed between multiple parties. The Prime minister is going to come
from the largest party, with concessions given to the smaller parties making up the coalition. Now the largest party that is unable to form a
government, is given minority status and the lesser fringe parties have 2 choices. Most parties overlap with considerable common ground. The more
common ground, the more likely they are to work together. Or they can shut themselves out and they still have no say.
Now what i propose is that our POTUS elections are made up of coalitions prior to the election process rather than following. Naturally the canidate
with the strongest following, aka the majority parity, is going to win the nomination. Now because it is a presidentail system, the president is
elected seperately from congress; however, he is still going to need the support of a majority in order to get anything done.
Now to use a recent example, the emergeance of The Tea Party and the traditional GOP. As I stated 2 paragraphs above, there is considerable common
ground; however, there are some differences in philosophy. There were 2 outcomes, ethier the support for the Tea Party would grow and it would take
over the lead in GOP philosophy or it would lose out to the traditional GOP. If it wins out, the presidential canidates come from the Tea Party
because they would be the leaders of the party. But if the Tea Party loses out, it still has sway within the GOP at large based on its strength in
Legislatures from both state and federal offices are elected from a local canidate pool. These representatives are going to represent they local vote
and even if they have a republican or democratic label, they are stil going to be in a position win their primary based on their strength locally.
Now of course there are fundamental differences between a presidential system and an a parlimentary system; however, the "first past the post system"
only forces coalitions prior to a goverment forming, rather than a government never forming and a new election held.
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Edit: Tried to clean up some pieces but its late and i know there are going to be typos I missed, so I'm going to call myself out on it ahead of
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