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America's Political Party System

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How many real parties do we have?

Total: 34 votes (1 blank vote)

  • 2 parties - Democrats and Republicans
  • 52 %
  • 1 party - The above parties are just different branches of the same tree
  • 49 %
October 25, 2009 6:57:58 AM

I believe they are 2 seperate parties. But they are all corrupt liars. So in the end, they are all the same anyway.
October 25, 2009 9:33:00 AM

They are politicians, that is all.
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October 25, 2009 10:37:40 AM

There are 2 parties, but when they happen to be together you could blow them up in one go.

P.S.: don't bang down my doors for this...it's just a joke, ty.
October 25, 2009 1:46:32 PM

Dumb and dumber comes to mind... so I guess that means we have two.
October 25, 2009 1:47:47 PM

2 political parties. Look at what is happening in the Senate and the House, these liars are arguing all the time, maybe Republicans are a little nicer :lol:  :kaola: 
November 10, 2009 1:19:04 AM

I think we still have two but the line is becoming slightly blurred. I think rodney_ws said it well: "dumb and dumber". Please realize this is a generalization; I think there are still some good politicians.
November 10, 2009 3:43:42 AM

It almost seems like we need to band together and elect a regular Joe. These politicians always have an agenda and never do what they say. We need an intelligent, blue collar, thick skinned individual.
November 11, 2009 5:33:42 PM

Definately 2 parties. I think Lewis Black puts it best...

"We have 2 political parties. The Republicans, which is the party of bad ideas, and the Democrats, which is the party of no ideas. Now this is how our government works. A Republican Congressman stands up and says 'I have a really $h*tty idea!', and then the Democrat Congressman stands up and says 'And I know how to make it even $h*ttyer!'"
November 12, 2009 3:41:58 AM

In my view we have 2 distinct parties with 2 distinct histories. If they were two branches of the same tree, we would then have a one party system by definition.
November 16, 2009 5:59:27 PM

Poll's missing a choice: 0 parties. Choosing a political party in the US is not about beliefs/platforms. It is only about the location you're running for office in. Areas are heavily either conservative/liberal (due to the slicing and dicing of districts begin decided by the winners) and there is no one issue that ALL Democrats are on one side of and ALL Republicans are on one side of.

Also, don't forget the power of the third parties (Libertarian, Green, Conservative, etc.). Anyone of these can step into a race and completely change the outcome, despite having an almost 0% of winning.
January 28, 2010 5:20:38 PM

They are branches of the same tree.
January 28, 2010 5:31:37 PM

"Now is the time for all good men to realize that politicians are parasites who produce nothing of value."

-me, printer test message I started using in 1984.

Politicians sit around with others of their ilk, voting to confiscate earned wealth from one group, in order to provide unearned benefits to another group; violating the rights of the first group as they buy the votes of the second. The only real difference between a Republican and a Democrat is who constitutes the groups being robbed and the ones getting benefits.

PS. I like that word "ilk" in this context, as it is often used to describe demons.
January 31, 2010 8:27:16 PM

"'Politics' is made up of two words, 'poli,' which is Greek for 'many,' and 'tics,' which are blood-sucking insects."
- Gore Vidal
January 31, 2010 8:31:44 PM

"Suppose your were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress... But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

"True Terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country" - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber" - Plato

"It makes no difference who you vote for -- the two parties are really one party representing 4 percent of the people." - Gore Vidal

"It's income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta." - Dave Barry

"So what is government?... Very simply, it is an agency of coercion. Of course, there are other agencies of coercion -- such as the Mafia. So to be more precise, government is the agency of coercion that has flags in front of its offices." - Harry Browne, Libertarian

"The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words. "- National Review

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx, Recalled on his death 19 Aug 77

"One of the Mississippi's oddest peculiarities is that of shortening its length from time to time ... In the space of 176 years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself 242 miles. This is an average of a trifle over (1.3 miles) per year. Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the Old Oolitic Silurian Period, the Lower Mississippi River was upward of 1,300,000 miles long. And by the same token any person can see that 742 years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only (1.75 miles) long. -- There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact." - Mark Twain, "Life on the Mississippi", 1883

"A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate. "- Eric Idle

I had to.
February 2, 2010 9:00:28 PM

Sorry, but anyone who thinks they're the same party isn't really reading the news.
February 2, 2010 9:31:13 PM

As long as such a large percentage of the population refuses to vote, and the ones that do vote accept things as they are, things aren't gonna change. If you want change, then care about politics and vote for the best candidate, especially if it's a third party candidate. Third party candidates aren't going to get the votes they need if everyone just gives up and buys into the two party lie they have been sold.
February 2, 2010 11:21:08 PM

Unfortunately, on a national level, all third parties do is act as a spoiler.

Unfortunately #2, our founding fathers, those much maligned, dead white guys, never foresaw the rise of the professional politician.

One of the best books about the U.S. political system is P. J. O'Rouke's _Parliament of Whores_.

February 7, 2010 4:54:28 AM

2 parties, but 1 system in the background making the rules for both of 'em.

It's called the Military-Industrial Complex. Nice guys they are.
February 7, 2010 11:42:02 AM

jsc said:
Unfortunately #2, our founding fathers, those much maligned, dead white guys, never foresaw the rise of the professional politician.
We can thank the Democrats and Woodrow Wilson for passing the Federal Reserve Act and the 16th and 17th Amendments for the destruction of the Republic, the rise of socialism, professional politicians, and for bringing America closer to becoming a democracy.

I agree. The Founding Fathers are much maligned. They never intended for there to be professional politicians, just civic minded citizens willing to do their part to self govern. The Founding Fathers wanted Statesmen who would win elections based on platforms and principles. The Democrats and professional politicians will and do oppose any effort to restore the Constitution.

February 25, 2010 6:26:38 PM

aford10 said:
I believe they are 2 seperate parties. But they are all corrupt liars. So in the end, they are all the same anyway.


"Whether the bear kills the wolf or the wolf kills the bear, the rabbit loses."

Right now, we have 2 predator political parties, and whichever wins, we're screwed. We'll be paying the debt from both parties' recent spending sprees for the next couple centuries.
July 11, 2010 3:08:18 AM

Something Like Zork Zanarkland I am the boss of you you are the boss of me! And as exciting as the borg without monotone! Barrack Obama is good though with increasing funding for green energy savings programs and solar powered energy savings. The republican and democratic party seems to ahve the same agenda!
August 31, 2010 8:04:34 PM

In America, there are many parties, but two main ones that control the entire country. Of the third parties, only one has any seats in congress (Independent), but only has 2 seats. And if anyone wants to make fun of me, I actually want to go into politics. Lol.
August 31, 2010 8:09:16 PM

I personally believe that no one party is good enough to fool all the people all the time.......thats why we have two
August 31, 2010 9:05:29 PM

B_I_O_M said:
In America, there are many parties, but two main ones that control the entire country. Of the third parties, only one has any seats in congress (Independent), but only has 2 seats. And if anyone wants to make fun of me, I actually want to go into politics. Lol.


Holy resurrecting thread, Batman!

If you want to go into politics, then you had better know "Independent" is not a party. It is actually designating people without a party.

It's funny. Neither the Green party nor the Libertarians have any representatives in national politics, and those are the most powerful of the "3rd parties". We haven't had a competitive 3rd party since before the Civil War.
August 31, 2010 9:15:54 PM

dgingeri said:
Holy resurrecting thread, Batman!

If you want to go into politics, then you had better know "Independent" is not a party. It is actually designating people without a party.

It's funny. Neither the Green party nor the Libertarians have any representatives in national politics, and those are the most powerful of the "3rd parties". We haven't had a competitive 3rd party since before the Civil War.


Oops. I saw the thread at the top of the forum list, and I was intrigued. And yeah, I was mistaken in saying that Independents are a party. I have a tendency to classify them like this because of Joe Lieberman's and Bernie Sanders' exposure, even though these two men have a tendency to vote democrat. Also, by go into politics, I mean that I want to join the state department and work in the Middle East.
January 9, 2011 1:52:38 PM

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