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Old 09-09-2016, 03:07 PM   #961
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Ross Perot is the most successful third party candidate of the modern era, hence he is the "gold standard" because he was (and still is) the most successful. he was actually on the debate stage in 1992. nowhere have i claimed they shouldn't exist, but i have claimed that the two party system is necessary and perhaps even a good thing in the US, due to it's unique character, population, geography, history, system of government, etc.



it seems to me that you'd be mistaken to mistake a black swan like Trump as proof of anything, really, beyond his own celebrity powers, the weakness of the field, and the post-Obama GOP madness (and the reverberations of what was a nearly catastrophic economic collapse in 2008). the 2020 GOP nominee will likely be back to the model of a more typical GOP candidate. also, Trump's views aren't all that much out of the mainstream of the GOP candidates in general, and it also speaks to the size of the field that diluted anti-Trump votes so no credible opposition was able to rise. i think everyone, Trump included, is shocked he's the nominee, and i think he was planning on running as a Perot (and then starting his own cable network).













"most westernized countries" are different, and have different systems of government, and thus have different needs than the US.

Your use of "gold standard" here versus earlier isn't the same. You've numerous times implied that that's the model for a third party candidate, or that inherently all third party candidates are unqualified, ideological, not serious, or jokes a la Perot.

Short of continuing to say there's lots of diversity (which to my point is contradictory), you haven't explained why a two party system is "necessary." There's nothing to suggest this is the case.

Most westernized countries, on the whole, have a relatively similar system of government, with political parties and individuals who campaign for office with an end goal of winning an election. It's similar enough to draw comparisons in many cases. Our political system wasn't necessarily designed with intentions of having parties at all, but it certainly wasn't designed to have just two parties. That's a product of centralization of money and power. There's no "necessity" and you haven't provided an actual thought out reason for declaring such a necessity, so I'm confused as to what you even mean by that.
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Your use of "gold standard" here versus earlier isn't the same. You've numerous times implied that that's the model for a third party candidate, or that inherently all third party candidates are unqualified, ideological, not serious, or jokes a la Perot.

i think you need to read more closely. i said Perot was the "gold standard," by which i meant successful, which i clarified for you. Perot was *not* a joke at the time, though he has become one over the years. most third party candidates have been jokes, fringe, or too small to be taken seriously. your use of the word "model" is your own -- i have not used that word.


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Short of continuing to say there's lots of diversity (which to my point is contradictory), you haven't explained why a two party system is "necessary." There's nothing to suggest this is the case.
again, i think you need to take a closer look at what i've laid out. i've explained this several times, and if it's not to your liking, i'm sorry, but that's on you at this point.


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Most westernized countries, on the whole, have a relatively similar system of government, with political parties and individuals who campaign for office with an end goal of winning an election. It's similar enough to draw comparisons in many cases. Our political system wasn't necessarily designed with intentions of having parties at all, but it certainly wasn't designed to have just two parties. That's a product of centralization of money and power. There's no "necessity" and you haven't provided an actual thought out reason for declaring such a necessity, so I'm confused as to what you even mean by that.

our political system wasn't initially designed to have parties, but they were quickly deemed necessary during Washington's first term. you may disagree with my reasoning, but it's disingenuous to suggest it isn't there.

i think the regionalism-as-dangerous that other posters have brought up is certainly an issue, we did have a civil war, and to an extent, we already have the GOP as a Dixie-centric, almost regional party. with more parties for people to choose from, we could Balkanize even more.

and as i've continued to say, i don't know if multiple political parties would be a better or worse thing, but i do think there are many good things about having only two political parties and have suggested that it might be necessary given the unique makeup of the US.
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with more parties for people to choose from, we could Balkanize even more.

and as i've continued to say, i don't know if multiple political parties would be a better or worse thing, but i do think there are many good things about having only two political parties and have suggested that it might be necessary given the unique makeup of the US.
For a while I didn't want to make too much of a judgement on the US 2-party system, as a multi-party system like we have here also has its risks and problem. The segmentation and at times difficulty to create coalitions is one.
But one of the biggest flaws I have seen in the past years in the US is the inability/unwillingness to compromise. It's not about trying to develop the country anymore, it's about refusing to deal with the other party. Because the automatic consequence of the other party losing is that you are winning. And so obstructionism works. With a viable and sizable third (and fourth, fifth) party it will be necessary to compromise on issues, to build coalitions together. And with that politicians might start to look at what's best for the country again, instead of what will hurt the other party most.
As such, I don't see what is so unique about the US that it needs only 2 parties, that it can't have more.
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I could see a party popular in the Pacific NW.
Seattle has a socialist on the city council in Seattle. An honest-to-god socialist!!!!

We haven't all burned to death yet, so .... yay.
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Seattle has a socialist on the city council in Seattle. An honest-to-god socialist!!!!

We haven't all burned to death yet, so .... yay.
Kshama Sawant? I've heard she is pretty good.
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if the US had a multi-party system, they would probably be regional parties rather than ideologically based. i'm not so sure if that would be a good thing.
Because the D/R split isn't already heavily regional?
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Kshama Sawant? I've heard she is pretty good.
Yep, that's our socialist!
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if the US had a multi-party system, they would probably be regional parties rather than ideologically based. i'm not so sure if that would be a good thing.
Meh... Honestly it's probably about time we all went our separate ways any how.

238 years is a nice run.
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But one of the biggest flaws I have seen in the past years in the US is the inability/unwillingness to compromise. It's not about trying to develop the country anymore, it's about refusing to deal with the other party. Because the automatic consequence of the other party losing is that you are winning. And so obstructionism works. With a viable and sizable third (and fourth, fifth) party it will be necessary to compromise on issues, to build coalitions together. And with that politicians might start to look at what's best for the country again, instead of what will hurt the other party most.
As such, I don't see what is so unique about the US that it needs only 2 parties, that it can't have more.


Exactly right. I'm a bit confused by Irvine on this point because he has been one of the strongest advocates of compromise and finding middle ground rather than lofty goals and preaching to the far left/right converted a la Sanders for example. And yet the two-party system in the US as it is right now is breeding ground for little more than contempt and entrenching yourself in ideology. You win - you make it your job to stick it to the other side until the next election. You lose - you make it your job to obstruct. It has resulted in a government almost entirely unable or unwilling to get big things done. If you introduced a third or fourth party even with relatively small numbers of seats, you would see a fairly quick turnaround in attitude. And frankly if you look at other Western democracies generally speaking there tend to be 2 major parties (typically centre-left and centre-right) with one or more parties to the left and right of those which are almost never in power except in extraordinary circumstances and then often for a short period of time. BUT they are enough to get more interesting legislation passed.

I think the stereotypical view of 78 Italian parties with members in fisticuffs in parliament is not at all representative of what actually goes on.
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Meh... Honestly it's probably about time we all went our separate ways any how.

238 years is a nice run.
actually, historically speaking, for an expansionist empire it really is.
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actually, historically speaking, for an expansionist empire it really is.
If is.

I'm all for it, actually.
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This being reported this morning:

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