reply to post by MsAphrodite
The two-party system is simply part of the problem, but the real reasons lie way deeper in the roots - the culture and the political system itself.
US is the advanced nation where compared to others money plays the most role in politics. If somebody wants to get far, they need serious sponsors
behind themselves, usually corporate ones, who have the big money. Although this does not come for "free", companies who donate to candidates want
something back too, whether taxbreaks, legislations supporting their actions or some other benefits via supporting votes. This from the beginning is
anti-democratic, as the people who vote for the politicians expect them to take decisions on behalf of people, not sponsors, yet the politician would
not even reach most people without having sponsors behind...
This is not problem only in US, although in US it is most visible from the advanced nations, as others do not have the "legal" lobbying and also there
are laws preventing certain sponsorships for politicians.
The cultural issue lies in highly individualistic (thinking only on oneself, not on team/other people) and materialistic (money matters the most)
consumerist (the more stuff I have, the more successful I am) culture, in others words very right-wing. There is a saying that in democracy leaders of
a nation are the reflection of the nation, can you recognise some of the things mentioned in the first sentence when thinking about previous
If someone is very successful in US, it is very likely that person can be softly referred to as a shark. As the overall workplace regulations are
quite soft, in many sectors the ones who exploit their lowest employees the most win, earn the most benefits, just as their families. Social mobility
is very low in US particularly, largely due to the high costs of education. When you were born in the rich family, you got better healthcare, better
nutrition, better education. Most of the currently wealthy people were raised in the "greed is good" culture in 1980s and the kids of them are often
raised the same way. More money, better education, better family contacts give a strong advantage in politics, how you were raised gives values.
The average person does not pay much attention into what is happening in the world, as their financial needs, needs for entertainment matter more - as
long as I am okay, why should I care how others do?
Again I do not say the issue lies only in US, although in US it is the clearest. Other advanced nations have managed to limit these problem up to
certain point, but future might change it, when US corporations focus on European nations and local corporations become stronger.
To be honest, I have no idea, how to fix the current US system. I doubt Whig Party would help much, as a lot of money is required for successful
campaigns and corporations have too much influence on politics. Although a strong left-wing party is needed, as currently the system is fully
right-wing. Tea Party would make things even worse for the average citizen in the long run.
You'd think that out of 350 million people, we'd find one person with values, dignity, honour, and principles.
That one person does not go into politics or simply is not ruthless enough to make it there. ''
Also without the money from corporate sponsors for the campaign it is near to impossible to gain lots of votes.
edit on 19-11-2013 by Cabin because: (no reason given)