Essay on America 's American Political System

1111 Words Jan 5th, 2015 5 Pages
In today 's American political system, voters find themselves confronted with two options. These two options being the ever conflicting platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties. Regardless of an individual voter 's personal views, they don 't have much choice in what happens to their country. Many call this choice of parties “picking from the lesser of two evils,” stating that no choice represents them. Public support of the parties is somewhat forced by lack of choice, clearly shown by the steady decline in voter turnout since the 1960s (DelReal). This unhappiness with the government is also demonstrated by a lack of satisfaction with congress, whose approval has dropped by almost 40% over the last ten years to a mere 28%("Congressional Favorability"). American disapproval and disconnection from politics wasn 't always like today though, 1912 marked a year in which the presidential elections hosted the most successful campaign ever for a third party candidate. Starting out with Roosevelt 's chosen Republican candidate William H. Taft and his rival Woodrow Wilson, the 1912 presidential election was leaning in the favor of the Republicans. This changed when the Republican Party decided to abandon a progressive platform and stick with conservative ideals. The decision prompted Roosevelt drop support for Taft, betraying not only his party but also their close friendship. Instead he chose to leave the Republican Party and form his own Progressive Party, also known…

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