The Presidential Election Has Never Like An Eternity, The Embarrassment Of American Politics

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After what has felt like an eternity, the embarrassment that was the 2016 Presidential Election has finally come to a discouraging conclusion, with Republican candidate Donald Trump shocking the world and defeating his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. This has left a bittersweet taste in the mouth of many Americans, and after constantly being told to choose between the lesser of two evils, I believe this whole process has given us an important message: the duopoly of American politics isn’t working for us anymore. Since the founding of the Republican Party in 1854, the American political landscape has been dominated by the two major political parties in the United States: the Democrats and Republicans. While the parties ' views may …show more content…

This has also inadvertently created the two-party system, this is known as Duverger’s law, which states, “In political science, Duverger 's law holds that plurality-rule elections (such as first past the post) structured within single-member districts tend to favor a two-party system and that ‘the double ballot majority system and proportional representation tend to favor multipartism’.” This leads to situations where many voters will choose a candidate that has a better chance of winning, compared to a candidate who is closer to their own political views, to ensure that a candidate they don’t want winning loses. To give an example, let’s say you have three candidates; a Republican, a Democrat, and a Libertarian, while you in this example may agree with the Libertarian candidate, in our current system, you’ll vote for the more popular Republican candidate, to ensure that the Democrat doesn’t win. Choosing to vote for the Libertarian in this example is where the “wasted vote” comes from, and this is only part of the issue with our current system. Another massive issue is Ballot-Access Laws. What these are are requirements needed to allow a party/candidate to appear on an election ballot, and while in-theory this may sound like an excellent idea, this can lead to some utterly ridiculous requirements that are nearly impossible to meet, or they are just stupid. For example, in Alabama, a new party or independent candidate needs a petition of 3%

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