America 's Two Party Political System

1984 Words Dec 8th, 2016 8 Pages
While gearing up for the 2016 election, it was extremely clear that this election was going to be a turning point in American politics. Ever since the 2016 Presidential candidates started campaigning over a year ago, one thing is becoming very clear: America’s two-party political system is in disarray. “Party systems in the United States are inherently unstable. Because it is a two-party system, the party that wins is the party that builds the biggest coalition. But the bigger the coalition, the more unstable it is” (Drutman). The struggle is finding solutions to fix it. It definitely did not help that businessman Donald Trump became president. Currently, there are two main parties in the United States federal system: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. There are also many third party alternatives that are struggling to change the way we look at politics. To make sense of America’s two-party political system, we must first go back to 1776 when Federalists and Anti-Federalists were first established. The Federalists advocated for a strong and centralized national government that promoted economic growth in order create friendly relationships with Great Britain. Furthermore, the Federalists supported a national bank, tariffs, and a loose interpretation of the United States Constitution. On the contrary, the Anti-Federalists opposed a strong, centralized government and did everything in their power to minimize the power given to the federal government.…
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