A Non-Representative Democracy

One of the most interesting things to watch in America’s last two election cycles has been the conservatives having to choose between voting for someone they agree with and someone they think has a chance to defeat someone they disagree with even more. The problem with choosing a compromise is that it is impossible to get the level of excitement needed to win.

The liberals have the opposite problem. They have found someone that everyone can get very excited about, but there is no way that he can fulfill everyone hopes and dreams.

Things were the same in the Bush and Clinton years with alternating parties.

Really, the two party system has rarely been sufficient to adequately represent the diversity of the population. There have been times that it worked, but it is really not ideal.

That said, starting a third party will not solve the problem. The United States election system is set up to only handle two-parties at the federal level. This was not too much of a concern for the founding fathers because they assumed that most of the decisions that people really cared about would be made at the state level.

The idea of having multiple states was to allow each state to have very different laws. If people did not agree with the laws in their state, they could find a different state. So each state essentially becomes a different party.

The states joined for mutual protection, economic opportunity and also a side purpose – to make it easier for those who disagree with their neighbors to more easily move to a different state. America has since lost the diversity of states and we are quickly losing the diversity of nations.

Thus we find ourselves in a all or nothing situation where we have to get 51% of the world to agree with us and hold onto that majority so that we can force the rest of the world to live the way a few thousand influential people want to live.

I have a few ideas on how we might be able to resolve this that I will write about later. But first, do you think this is an accurate description of the problem? Do you even think it is a problem? What are your thoughts on how we got here? Any initial thoughts on how to get from here to a better form of representation?

3 responses to “A Non-Representative Democracy

  1. Paul C. Quillman

    I think that 3rd parties are part of the solution, but it will start at the grassroots level. The Republicrat dualopoly forces 3rd parties to jump through extra hoops to get on the state ballots, and then sue to keep them off the ballots after the 3rd parties have jumped the hoops. They also negotiate to keep candidates off the debate stage that are on every state ballot, but do not have a D or an R by their name.

    After the criminal election tampering in the Republican primaries, and the power grab at the convention, and the epic loss yesterday, the Republican party is pretty much irrelevant.

    With all that the current administration has done that has irritated as many people as possible, any Republican should have been able to win. But, when the GOP runs a liberal/ moderate ticket, they loose. Every time.

    I think that the Libertarian Party has a real opportunity to fill the void that the GOP is leaving. And if I am right that the GOP is irrelevant after not winning the Oval Office and the Senate, then now is the perfect time to move in and demonstrate that big parties are not too big to fail.

    • I guess my concern is that one of the third parties will replace the Republicans and we will be back to a two party system just with different parties. I think we can do much better, but it will require some really fundamental changes.

  2. Paul C. Quillman

    For a season, it will be better. The dualopoly will be broken, and multiple parties will be much more free and able to participate. Then, 2 parties will find a way to lock it up against everyone else, and another 3rd party will be needed. I would guess that the cycle would run about every 75 to 125 years. There will always be need for constant dilligence, and re forming of the process.

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