In America, there has been a lot of talk recently in the media about the 2016 presidential race. Candidates from both sides of the aisle, as well as some independents have already started to place bids for a stake in the race for office. In this country it is widely established that we live in a two party system, each catering to different ends of the political spectrum with independents filling in the middle ground. Although it is also a widely established idea that the only viable way of running for election to the presidency is through one of the two aforementioned parties, though is America instead a one-party system?
To put it simply without the support of one of these two political factions the likelihood of success is all but nonexistent. The reason for this is because only the Democratic and Republican parties possess the necessary funds and brand recognition to effectively turn out large numbers of voters in America. This coupled with the popular notion that voting for a third party is like throwing away leads to little interest in candidates that fall outside the bounds of either major party.
Today in America citizens choose between voting for the Democratic party whose agenda is more liberal or the Republican party who wants traditional values of America, on a strict budget. It is believed that these two groups provide a healthy balance of political representation, but is it truly that?
These two parties have slightly differing values, but in the end they fight for the same thing. They agree on some issues and disagree on some issues but essentially the left wing and right wing both make up a different part of the same big government, meaning America is only a one-party system. During the earliest days of the republic, there were also two different political approaches to how America would function, that much looked like the parties today, in ways. The two groups who held these ideas were the federalists and the anti-federalists.
The federalists obviously wanted a strong federal government with the power to collect taxes and regulate aspects of everyday life for citizens. The anti-federalists who were afraid of repeating the corruption that they had previously endured under British rule strongly opposed the idea of a strong central government, preferring a less structured attitude towards government, one in which citizens had more say.
These were seemingly two completely separate approaches available for a man to choose from. They offered two different ideologies to choose from, but they were much like the Republicans and Democrats, in that they agreed on some things and disagreed on others. The anti-federalists were more liberal as they wanted the government to have little to no interference in the lives of American citizens.
As I am sure many in America are well aware, in the end the federalists won out and a strong central government was established. Afterward there was still a strong presence of those who felt that the government had little business interfering. They saw their people rise to prominence in areas where voters agree with this fashion of rule and the balance between the two methods of state remained as such.
Fast forward to modern-day America, where the concern stopped being one of whether or not government should intervene but how it should. Citizens in America one day woke up in a self-proclaimed, two-party system that purported to be a fair and equal representation of the variety of styles to choose from in the course of citizen rule, but in actuality is nothing more than two groups who believed in the exact same form of big government with each supporting its own definition of government mandated morality.
With this type of one party system in America there is no longer any choice to be made among citizens in the contemporary field of American politics. All of the political say is delegated by parties that can offer no more variety of democracy then a Fascist state. The only difference is that in America citizens have the opportunity to vote on which set of moral principles are followed for that term, but not for any real change in policy or governance. While this may change if Americans are able to wake up and learn that there currently is no real choice among political styles of republican rule, as it currently stands, America now lives with a one-party system.
Opinion by Q Rose
Cutting Edge: The Invisible One-Party System in America
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