The political structure in the USA is flawed. Why is this the case and what can be done to improve it?
One can only wonder how the 2016 presidential elections have been narrowed down to two of the most publicly scrutinized, corrupt candidates seen in recent political history (we haven’t forgotten about you, Mr. Bush).
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the final representatives for the next president of the USA, but a vast majority of the US public is highly against a leadership under either of these candidates.
In fact, a grim 9% of the U.S. population that is eligible to vote chose Trump and Clinton as the presidential nominees in the primary vote. That means out of 221 million possible voters, only 60 million voted in the primary elections: about 30 million each for Republicans and Democrats.
The disparity between primary party support and secondary party support reflects a systematically flawed political system
Although the two-party system has seemingly worked thus far, an opposition that leans towards a three-tier system is one that continues to grow due to underperforming primary parties
Independents—people who don’t identify with one of the two major parties—are the biggest and fastest-growing group of US voters. At last count, 40 percent of Americans considered themselves independent. The same is true in Cascadia: in Washington, an estimated 44 percent of registered voters identify as independent; in Oregon, one-third of registered voters are not registered Democrat or Republican. The trend is even more stark among younger Americans: nearly half of millennials consider themselves independent.
Stand for what they believe in; A two-party system that establishes a party on each side of the spectrum, but with stark elements of centrist ideals.
Work towards adopting a political system that offers a party solely based on centrist views – a system that on paper, would help recapture a majority of the voting-American populace.
Culturally conservative and economically elitist Americans, the “Business Conservatives” in the upper right quadrant, feel at home in the Republican party.
Culturally conservative and economically populist voters, the “Steadfast Conservatives” in the lower right quadrant, are relatively satisfied with the Republican party’s cultural conservatism but may feel alienated from the Republican party’s elitist economic policies. It follows that many of these voters are thrilled to hear Trump trumpet a culturally conservative worldview while also expressing populist economic messages, like limiting free trade and spending taxpayer dollars solving problems at home—not playing world police. Many Trump supporters also favor increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Culturally moderate and economically populist voters, the “Young Outsiders” and the “Hard-Pressed Skeptics” in the lower middle quadrant, are dissatisfied with both parties, possibly because both parties are too focused on cultural issues rather than economic populism. Many of these voters are delighted to hear Sanders hammer on wealth inequality, financial access to college, a living wage, limiting free trade, and solving economic problems at home rather than paying to play world police.
Culturally progressive and economically moderate Americans—“Faith and Family Left,” “Next Generation Left,” and “Solid Liberals” in lower left quadrant—feel pretty happy with the Democratic party. But the Democratic establishment is uncomfortable with Sanders’ strident populism.
Unless corporate power within congress dwindles due to public scrutiny or various other factors, corporate entities will continue to drive a two-party system