Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Recipe for Chaos?

"It's in the interest of everybody that we have a strong two-party system. If we get a kind of fragmented America where we have a multi-party system, that's a recipe for chaos."

--Jonathan Alter, senior editor at Newsweek magazine and political analyst for MSNBC News, on 4 May 2009

First of all, we have a multi-party system already. It is simply dominated by two corporate-funded parties who both serve the wealthiest Americans.

Secondly, listening to the ideas of parties other than Democrats and Republicans, to say nothing of considering their candidates for important political offices, is not a recipe for chaos. It is a recipe for coalitions and sensible compromises.

Are we ever going to learn this? Can we not learn this even now, when one of our two parties has descended into madness and we are left with one over-subscribed and inadequate political party as the dominant force in the republic?

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