The Party System Of Democrats And Republicans Essay

823 Words Apr 4th, 2016 4 Pages
The two party system of Democrats and Republicans has been in existence since the mid-1800s. Prior to the mid-1800s, the Democrats and Republicans were in the same party bearing both names. For a short time, the Federalist Party existed, but it touted a government too close to the one left behind in Britain and did not flourish. The two party system has served relatively well for 150 years. In the past few decades, a third party has made a strong showing. In the 2010 and 2012 elections, the Tea Party was strong and several Congressmen from the Tea Party Caucus were elected into the Republican House. This group banded together and created tension in Congress by bucking the traditional system. The bucking of the system was the goal of the American people in electing the Tea Party candidates. Many Americans want a change in the government and believe by abandoning the two conventional, long standing parties will catapult a change. The Tea Party certainly attempted to make changes but were thwarted before completion. They were not defeated but suffered a setback and certainly have not given up. The actions of third party officials and subsequent reactions by the rest of Congress give credence and value to having a strong valid third party. The actions of the third party are seen clearly in the strategy and manipulation of Congress and the President to gain leverage with reference to the Stimulus Package (2010) and the Debt Ceiling (2012) votes. It can be argued that…

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