Essay on Failure of te Two-Party System

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A valuable factor within any democracy is the presence of political parties. As dictated by Webster, a party is meant as "a group, which unites to promote or maintain a policy, a cause, or other purposes, as a political group." This definition can be easily simplified as individuals with a common cause. This is just the case with American political parties. They are ordinary groups of individuals with a common cause in hopes to gain political power. Within the United States, two political parties make up the majority, the Republicans and Democrats. Unlike many other democratic nations around the world, America is unique with their generalized lack of parties. However, there is a growing trend within America that implies the …show more content…
     The elitist government and political party system that existed in colonial times, however, does not suffice the needs of the 21st century American. In the past two centuries, the United States has survived an industrial revolution which brought along advances in communication technology, as well as two world wars and massive immigration, be it legal or illegal. Culturally, the nation has changed from primarily Anglo-Saxon, to the melting pot that it is likened to today. However, the two party system has not changed to meet the needs of the diverse population. The leaders of this nation are still primarily white and wealthy. There has yet to be a female or minority in Presidency and only a limited number of females and minorities have made it to high positions within the political parties. Aside from the race and gender ratios which impact political parties is the persistent donation of soft money in which political parties are practically bought by the leading industrial companies. The political party that provides the greatest cooperation regarding economic and environmental policy, receives the greatest sum of money and can run a bigger and better campaign than the opposing party. Additionally, there is the factor of the two party system being protected and maintained by the continuing government policy of providing government funds to run political campaigns.

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