In my off time, I enjoy reading articles on the internet and making comments. Nothing is more polarizing in the USA at current time than the divide between political parties. You pick a side, you draw your line in the sand and off you go berating and marginalizing the "other" side. It goes on endlessly on the internet, and topics that illustrate that 'proverbial" line in the sand are hot topics and get a lot of attention. And venom!
I recently made a comment that I think deserves more attention. That topic was the need for more political parties in this country. My suggestion was 4 or 5 parties. I contend that Republicans and Democrats are basically the same party. The only differences are in some social issues. These issues are hot topic and really polarize people. People then believe there are huge differences between parties, just because of polarization, when in actuality the differences are minimal.
By adding political parties to the mix, people that may not have voted may find a reason to vote. People that have felt their voice is not being heard, may feel that they can now make a difference.
Lets be honest, we have a stalemate in our government right now. And nothing is being accomplished for the public because of this stalemate. If we chose to stick with our 2 party government, the stalemate continues and the polarization gets bigger. In fact, if unchecked, we are potentially looking at a civil war in our country at some time in the future. Obviously something needs to be done. Adding legitimate and viable parties to the mix may be able to change the course our country is headed in. The powers that be will certainly fight against this kind of change and that should be a wake-up call to citizens. Politics will not change on their own and politicians will not make these changes, it is up to the public to make it happen.