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Does the United States need a viable third political party?

Screenshot from Big Think's YouTube video: Why Doesn't the U.S. Have a Multi-Party Political System? | Sean Wilentz

In today’s political climate, there is a great deal of frustration with the establishment of both political parties. There is this belief by many of the voters that both parties’ establishment is only interested in keeping or gaining power, and they really have no interest in fixing the problems of the country. In addition, both parties are being pulled apart by the extreme ideological wings of the parties. For the Democrats, the progressive wing of the party is desperately trying to pull the party to the left, leaving no place for moderates to go. For the Republicans, they are dealing with the populist Trump wing of the party that sees anyone who doesn’t give their full-throated support to the president as betraying the party, leaving those who have issues with any stance the president takes, with nowhere to go. With the current climate of politics, do we need a viable third political party?

Those who feel we need a viable third party believe that the political system is broken. They feel that the two major parties are so beholden to the wealthy and special interests that they no longer work for the people. Also, they feel, as the parties drift farther and farther away from the center, there needs to be a third party for those that get left behind. Finally, there are so many different political views at this point across the political spectrum that, maybe we don’t just need a third party, but maybe a fourth or fifth so everyone has a party that represents them.

People against a viable third party feel that they just don’t work in today’s day and age. They feel that whatever party the third party is closest to ideologically is hurt the most by it being there, allowing the one farther away to win. Also, they feel that to vote for a third party is nothing but a waste of a vote because they can’t win. Many also feel, instead of building a new party, you should fix the one you’re in by working from within.

We are in very unsettled times right now, politically. Both parties are fracturing by causes from within. There is a great deal of frustration from the people that both sides are failing to do their jobs. Does that mean a viable third party is needed to fix things? Only time will tell.

In the following video, a Princeton professor explains why we have a two-party system:

The Issue

Does the United States need a viable third political party? Are the two parties moving towards ideological extremes and leaving moderates and dissenters behind, or is a third party a doomed idea that will only be a waste of one’s vote come election time.

Yes, we need a viable third party

Those who feel we need a viable third party say it is needed to give people a desperately needed alternative, when neither of the other two parties appear to be an option.

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No, we don’t need a viable third party

People who don’t think we need a viable third party say that a vote for a third party is a waste of a vote because, in today’s day and age, a third party is just not going to win.

What do you think? Does the United States need a viable third political party?

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