How to Break the Two-Party System

Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Warren Davis

“George Washington was not a party man. In his Farewell Address, he warned that the political parties are ‘truly the worst enemy’ of popular government. They are a ‘frightful despotism’ built on the ‘ruins of popular liberty.’ They are animated by a ‘spirit of revenge.’ They are ‘baneful.’ Worst of all, the party system ‘opens the door to foreign influence and corruption.’ Two hundred years later, Washington has been vindicated, and then some. According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, less than 30 percent of Americans are happy with the two-party system. (Even that seems remarkably high.) Meanwhile, 27 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of both the Democrats and Republicans, up from 6 percent in 1994. It doesn’t have to be this way. Abolishing the two-party system would be easier than legalizing pot. Just follow these two little steps.” (09/22/22)