Opinion: America’s two-party system has destroyed Democracy

By Chris Cody
Staff writer

America’s two-party political system has not only ruined any political discourse that people try to have in 2017 but has also ruined any bipartisanship that the government used to try to practice.

Not that long ago, a member of Congress voting against the party line was not a radical idea at all but now this rarely happens. The Public Library of Science looked at the voting records of the House of Representatives from 1949-2011 and concluded that non-cooperation in the U.S. government has been growing over 60 years with no sign of reversing.

This is a troubling sign as it seems that people in charge of our government are more concerned with making sure their “team” wins than focus on getting things done to improve the lives of the people. This, unfortunately, reflects on the people of the United States. After all, they are the House of Representatives and we reelect 91 percent of them every two years despite the House as a whole only having a 10 percent approval rating.

We do this because while people claim to hate the government they believe their side is doing its job while others are just being obstructionists. This is plain to see if you look at some of the more popular left-wing and right-wing political activists on social media.

Take Sasha Stone, for example. She is the founder of AwardsDaily.com but is also a blogger who gives her opinions on politics almost always in support of Democrats. She is absolutely disgusted at Republican Roy Moore, who is running for the Senate in Alabama. Moore has been accused by multiple women of rape and sexual misconduct.

Yet, Stone has no problem defending Democratic Sen. Al Franken despite multiple women accusing him of sexual misconduct and providing photographic evidence that shows him groping a woman while she was sleeping.

After all, it doesn’t matter what Franken did what is more important to her is that we focus on Moore and ignore Franken.

To Stone, and sadly a lot of people, justice and morality isn’t relevant but making sure her political party gets power is.

Obviously, this isn’t a one-way street. Right-wing activists also use social media to promote their views and quite a lot of them have hypocritical stances.  Take a look at Paul Joseph Watson, who is the editor-at-large for Infowars.com. He is popular on Twitter and YouTube. Watson is perhaps best known for “triggering” liberals, as he will proudly admit.

Watson also loves to mock the Left for what he feels are ludicrous Russian conspiracies against Donald Trump. Yet Watson has been known to push several conspiracies including but not limited to the Sandy Hook massacre, 9/11 being an inside job and the idea that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.  Pushing a conspiracy that hurt Obama is just fine according to Watson, but do it against Trump and that makes you hysterical and dumb.

Watson and Stone perfectly represent the problem in today’s politics. When they are faced with an opposing viewpoint, they don’t answer it directly. Instead, they deflect and point out how the other party is at fault. We see this in our politicians whenever they have a debate. They rarely will talk policies but rather attack their opposition by pointing out what they have done wrong.

This is why it’s important to understand that as we go forward that viewing the opposing party as the enemy is only setting this country up for disaster.

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