61% of all Americans feels that neither party represents them or reflects their opinions today, while 38% disagree. This includes 77% of independents and 54% of Republicans and 46% of Democrats. This feeling is growing as both parties move further left and right leaving the average American without a political party to call home. This can be seen in the rise of independents from 30% in 2006 to 40% today. Even so, there realistically is no choice for those dissatisfied with both major parties to vote for. Our two major parties have a monopoly on our election system.
57% of Americans think a viable or major third party is needed.
But that isn't about to happen. The Republicans and Democrats write our election laws and they do so as a mutual protection act. If there is one thing the two major parties agree on, it's no viable third party will ever rise to challenge them.
Then there is the financial aspect of it. Corporations, Wall Street Firms, Lobbyist, Special interests Groups, mega money donors, all donate their tens of millions adding up to hundreds of millions to the two major parties, none to third parties. You can see this in the presidential race of 2016 where Hillary raised and spent 1.191 billion to Trump's 646.8 million while all third party candidates together raised and spent 6 million. When you're out spent approximately 2 billion to 6 million, you don't stand a chance. No way to get your message out or let the people know who you are.
So yes, we're left with voting for the lesser of two evils, the candidates and political party we least want to lose, not win, but least want to lose. Isn't it strange that neither major party isn't one bit interested into moving toward the views and wants of 61% of Americans, only in their own ideology and political views and agenda. If one or the other did, they could become the dominant party for the next 40 years. But since they hold the power and the money, it doesn't matter if 60% or 80% of Americans desert them, they still control who gets on the ballot, who gets all the media attention, who gets into the debates, in short, they control our election system so to hell with the vast majority of Americans and their views and wants.
Edited by perotista (06/23/2004:03 PM)
It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.