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April 13, 2010


To the editor:

In an April 11 editorial, the Lawrence Journal-World states that “a strong two-party system may be considered the backbone of American democracy.” The two-party system is not called out in the Constitution, and there is no evidence that it is the backbone of anything. The truth is both Republican and Democratic policies have been catastrophic failures for American democracy. A responsive and accountable government requires a variety of viewpoints and participation by several entities — not two.

A better option is a multi-party system that results in true compromise and coalitions that represent voter interests more effectively. It is telling that while the two major parties have been losing voters, Libertarian Party registration has held steady. The current movement of voters to the independent rolls does not show they are upset with the lack of bipartisanship; it shows they are upset with the system itself.


Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Q. What's the difference between the Democrat and Republican parties? Q. Do they represent your interests and values?

Which party represents your interests?

Democrats talk about the different policies, positions, and priorities we'd see from a Democrat in the White House versus a Republican.

Most Democrat and Republican politicians - including Clinton, Gore, Kerry and Bush - hold similar positions on major issues - and that's why we need a real choice at the polls: a party that gives power to "We the People" instead of powerful corporations.

If you look at where the candidates and parties stand on the issues you can see that the Democrat and Republican parties are in basic agreement on most issues OR they agree to ignore important issues.

Judge for yourself - and compare with Green positions:

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Flap Doodle 8 years ago

The linkbot has woken. Fear his mad copy/paste skillz!

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

The USA House and Senate has to be the most arrogant body of government on the planet.

This system does NOT give a damn that the public wants IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for ALL(76%), want the troops home,want new energy sources and want jobs. The most important matter to 95% of officials is their egos,high dollar campaigns and blowing off the voting public.

Yes war is a 4 trillion dollar money hole that is getting in the way of creating new USA on shore industries,new jobs for millions upon millions and new wealth for the USA.

It’s time elected officials give voters what they want instead of elected officials giving WE voters what they want.

Veterans would be far better off with IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for all. Instead vets are getting ignored and insurance companies are getting more corporate welfare: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/18/politics/washingtonpost/main4873963.shtml

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

The two parties, news media and corporate america should NOT be deciding who OUR candidates should be for local,state or federal level representation. Why do VOTERS allow them to decide considering there are billions more of us?

Campaigns go too long,spend way too much money and do not necessarily provide the best available. It is up to us to stop the nonsense at the voting booths. Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate.

Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing.

Lets’s demand a new system and vote in: Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Public Finance: http://www.publicampaign.org/

Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out.

Demand a change on the next ballot.

How can the voting public afford a US Senator who is running for state Governor? Did we hire Sen Brownback to run for governor?

Patrick Wilbur 8 years ago

Merrill - the Green Party does not have ballot access in Kansas. Although I am a Libertarian I would enthusiastically sign any petition in that effort. However nobody has made the effort to earn access. That would be a good place for you to start your support for the Green Party. The postings mean nothing if you are not on the ballot.

Scott Drummond 8 years ago

The development of viable third and fourth parties is the only way to circumvent the power to subvert democracy granted corporate interests by the fascist majority on the Supreme Court. The splitting of the existing republican party in to corporate and tea party factions seems like a probable start in that process - immigration would be a good method for doing so.

Paul R Getto 8 years ago

The third party--American Taliban is a good name--should be founded by Sarah Palin. They can take their chances with the electorate, and free the Republicans from the sticky bomb Reagan allowed them to clamp on the party platform many years ago. The R's can go back to representing banks, country clubs and business and carry on in their mission. The A.T. will gain a seat here and there; let them rant on and try to win some political points. I might even vote for one every now and then just for entertainment value.

Kirk Larson 8 years ago

"Yes, they are that deranged and evil and brazen."

Pot, meet kettle. Paranoid a little?

Brian Laird 8 years ago

I think Tom has "jumped the shark".

Brian Laird 8 years ago

"The two-party system is not called out in the Constitution, and there is no evidence that it is the backbone of anything"

Actually, a two party system is there by design, whether you like it or not. Setting up a winner-take -all system basically ensures that a two party system will arise - the current system is mathematically quite stable against the rise of any third party. Probably, the only way to fix it - at least somewhat - without overhauling the system entirely, would be to go to some sort of instant run-off system, as they have in Australia. That way one could vote for a third, or fourth party candidate without having that vote ultimately benefit the candidate that you least support.

bruno2 8 years ago

Hey Shewbomber, "The President, the President, the constitution, the constitution!" Oops, the record's stuck, oops, the record's stuck, oops, the record's stuck...

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