Thomas Edsall's Two-Party System Analysis

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“Given the scope of the demographic and ideological transformation of the United States over the last six decades, it’s interesting that the two-party system has not imploded.” said Tomas Edsall in the New York Times this past weekend. Mr. Edsall touches an interesting point, as the division between the left and right grows so does the ability to overcome any sort of third party challenge and stay in power. Americans have thus voted in a vast majority for either a Democrat or a Republican and although there are smaller parties they stand no chance against these political giants. The two-party system in the United States has proven to be resilient not only because of its history but because of the people themselves and the ability to manage…show more content…
Third parties are willing to touch subjects that pose threats to the main parties, subjects that are either too controversial such as abortion or too hard for either major party to come to a consensus such as handling the national debt. If either the Democrats or the Republicans stray too far from their middle ground they will lose votes , yes the Democrats have taken more liberal stands and the latter more conservative but both make sure to stay in the middle or as close to the middle to seem appealing to a larger number of citizens. (Citrin) Having a two party system places restrictions on viewpoints because it has to be made more general to accommodate the public. So an argument is made that third party will provide a purer democracy seeing as the current system makes some Americans feel marginalized. But what is this feeling that marginalizes Americans? How can Americans discern this feeling from any other if their entire lives all they have known is a two party system? Arguments from supporters of any emerging third party are only speculations of a better system, in reality there is no concrete proof that in America a multi-party system would work. Americans know this and whatever the desire for change is the current system provides democracy that has been seen, felt, and lived. The two-party system is so resilient because it has become a part of politics that no amount of speculations will
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