posted on Sep, 18 2010 @ 08:51 PM
reply to post by Frankidealist35
A few issues with partisanship -
It reduces people's opinions into bare-bones platforms. In truth if people form their own educated decisions they're likely to end up being
centrist, they'll have some ideas from the left and some from the right. The issue with the party system is that it allows people to be lazy, they
just pick a party and a platform and mold that to their own opinions and it can lead to people accepting a platform without really thinking about
whether they agree with all of its stances. So it encourages hopping on the bandwagon instead of informed decision making.
Another issue is that it often runs in families. Much like religious ideology a parent's political stances can often pass to their children.
Indoctrinating a child into whatever party the parent's follow can once again create a mindless follower who is only Republican or Democrat because
their parent's were.
It creates division as well and creates what is known as a false dichotomy. In truth there is more than just right or left, there are vast arrays of
varied opinions that people can have and not all of them conform to a particular party.
Also, as with any other ideology, when taken to extremes political parties and platforms turn bad for everyone.
Another thing to consider is that regardless of what party the President usually ends up being somewhere in between - the President suffers an
inability to please those who elected him while catching continuous flack from the other side of the spectrum. We saw this with Bush, many
conservatives abandoned him while the Left attacked. Obama is getting a similar treatment, with Democrats complaining that he isn't doing enough to
deliver on campaign promises while every slight action or inaction is torn to shreds by the right-wing propaganda machine. Again, it brings
And through all this we almost forget that we're all Americans and that if we really formed our own decisions we'd probably end up agreeing on more
things than we disagree on. Like I said we'd tend towards being Centrists, moderates, if only we could block out the shrill voices of the people on
the extreme ends of each part screaming at each other.