Democrats and Republicans are pitted against each other in elections, Congress, media, and even among the American people. Each side seems to be convinced that the other is intent on destroying the nation with their ideals. According to Pew Research, 43% of Republicans have a highly negative opinion of the Democratic Party, while nearly as many Democrats (38%) feel very unfavorably toward the GOP. Each side bases their political platforms on explaining why the other party is wrong. This is due, in part, to the fact that 90% of the media the people consume comes from only 6 corporations (condensed from 50 back in 1983). The citizens of the United States consume only the media said companies want them to see. They have the power of shaping public opinion.
Religiously right winged Fox News bickers about Democrats. Liberally infused CNN is disgusted by conservatives. Such “News Stations” can’t seem to talk about anything outside of condemning the opposing party. Pew reported that the nation has become more partisan and Congress less effective over the past 30 years. It’s no wonder it’s hard to find reliable news.
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution,” said John Adams, second President of the United States.
“All talk, no action, sounds good, never going to work. Our country is suffering because people like Secretary Clinton,” said Trump.
“I’m relieved my late father never did business with you,” said Clinton.
“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” fired Clinton. “Because you’d be in jail,” Trump shot back.
There’s no end.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 60% of responders wanted new political parties. The rising distain for both parties is the reason there was increasing support for candidates like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
With the current winner-take-all system, it is easy for the two party system to keep control because they have the power to assemble over 50% of voters.
Even many Donald Trump voters only voted for him because he seemed anti establishment.
“Early on in his presidential bid, Donald Trump began touting his anti-establishment credentials. When it worked, he ran with it. It was a posture that proved pure gold in the Republican primaries, and was even, in one sense, true. After all, he’d never been part of the political establishment nor held public office, nor had any of his family members or wives,” according to the Huffington Post.
According to a Quinnipiac poll:
“American likely voters give both candidates negative favorability ratings, 41 – 53 percent for Clinton and 33 – 61 percent for Trump. In fact, 37 percent of likely voters say they would consider voting for a third party candidate. In this very negative race, 64 percent of Trump supporters say they are voting mainly anti-Clinton, while 25 percent say they are voting pro-Trump.”
Even 2016 third party candidate Gary Johnson received the highest alternative party vote since Ross Perot in 1996.
It seems that the people want more options.