In the past year, we have experienced the polarizing effects of the two-party system more than ever. Democrats versus Republicans, the most well-known democracy seems as simple as that. Yet, perhaps it’s time for political reform, to move away from what is so deeply engrained in the United States, and several other democracies.
The greatest effect of the two-party system lies in the phrase “Settle for Biden” which we heard day in and day out around election time. Several people were dissatisfied with the Democratic candidate but were forced to vote for him because the alternative would have been detrimental to the United States. Both options were less than ideal, yet people were forced to choose the lesser of two evils because there was no hope for a third party candidate no matter how qualified they were.
Furthermore, dividing politics into two strains simplifies several complex issues. Hardly anyone could possibly agree with every belief that their party holds, which does not allow for room to develop more complex solutions to the various problems prevalent in society today. Candidates do not focus on pressing issues, rather on what will get them the most votes. The Republican candidate does not want to seem too conservative in hopes of drawing in some Democratic voters, and the reverse applies to the Democratic candidate.
In a country as diverse as the United States, two parties are simply not enough to represent every class, race, or any other group. It is highly unlikely that Biden understands all of the struggles that people of color, the youth, women, or any other minorities face. Thus, he will inevitably believe that what he is doing will be enough, when in reality, there are blindspots that could only be pointed out by someone with that specific experience.
Today, the two-party system has boiled down to pride more than politics; it divides people, making it impossible for them to see eye to eye on issues where there shouldn’t be any debate. As the current presidents switch between parties, their main agenda is to reverse what their predecessor has implemented, creating a highly inefficient system. The common goal that the government should share is bettering the country, but they only cater to half of the population.
Overall, the two-party system has several flaws, but in order to change that, there needs to be a fundamental change in the political system that has existed for centuries. It has been regressive to society and has currently put us in a position of weakness. We have a president in power who cannot possibly cater to the entire population as a result of this flawed system. Maybe it’s time to invite some more people to the party.