Tag: Two Party

Does the Two Party System Make Any Sense?

Nate Galt | United States

Many Americans of different backgrounds have been disillusioned by the current political system. There are only two major parties—the Democratic and Republican. All other parties have no means of competing with either and will not be able to break their congressional duopoly in the near future. A significant portion of American voters believes that there are fundamental differences between the two parties. Some view the Democrats as extreme leftists and the Republicans as ultra-capitalists. Others view Democrats as “left” while saying that Republicans are “right-leaning.”

The two parties do disagree on several key stances such as abortion rights and gun control. However, there is one common trend between all major parties’ and their elected officials’ stances: authoritarianism. Despite their mildly differing stances, Republicans and Democrats still agree on the very things that are ruining America’s economy, limiting freedom, and wasting taxpayer dollars. For almost two centuries, both parties have backed the United States’s intervention into foreign conflicts, revolutions, and affairs. Since the country’s founding, it has been at war almost 94 percent of the time that it has existed. Both sides have accepted the Monroe Doctrine as a justification for their involvement in scores of foreign conflicts, such as in the Philippines, the Russian Revolution, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and the Iranian Revolution. The US has also intervened in numerous Latin and South American wars.

Both sides almost unanimously backed the USA PATRIOT Act and unconstitutional spying by the National Security Agency. Several prominent figures in the Republican Party, namely President Donald J. Trump, have called for the criminalization of flag burning and for banning protests during the National Anthem. These figures claim to stand for “liberty,” yet wish to outlaw protest, contrary to the First Amendment. Those positions are not synonymous with supporting maximum personal freedom. Conservative Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito believed that police should have the right to search automobiles on private property without a warrant. According to some people, Justice Alito is a “constitutionalist.” A constitutionalist cannot support a clear and evident violation of your right against warrantless searches guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

Many Republican voters believe that by voting for all the candidates with the letter “R” next to their name on the ballot, they are advancing personal freedom. They point to several Democrats’ anti-gun stances, saying that their positions are the reason that they vote Republican. The president who suggested that he “take the guns first and go through due process second” is not a Democrat. Wanting to strip citizens of their gun rights is approved by both parties.

The War on Drugs is still backed by both the Republicans and the Democrats. It has ruined hundreds of thousands of lives and has thrown many thousands more behind bars for decades-long sentences. The parties may seem to have their differences, but they are trivial. They all agree with policies that will line the pockets of the corrupt Washington elite and measures that will limit Americans’ personal freedom.

A party that supports gun control is not synonymous with liberty; neither is its rival party, which seeks to keep marijuana possession and use illegal and wants to prevent people from protesting a flag.

Neither party will advance individual freedom for the average American. The one thing that they will promote, however, is their own interest.

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Joe Hannoush – Libertarian for Florida House District Twenty-Five

By John Keller | Florida

Joe Hannoush is the Libertarian candidate for District Twenty-Five of the Florida House of Representatives. He has been involved with libertarian politics since 2011 and seeks to bring that change to the state of Florida.

Keller: With a plethora of career options, what inspired you to seek a career in politics?

Hannoush: I am not pursuing a career in politics per se. I want to do what I can to inform others of a better solution to issues we face today. Running as a candidate for elected office is a great way to spread that message. I want to be the change I want to see. I am tired of complaining without offering a solution. I didn’t like the choices I had on my ballot, so I gave myself another option to vote for!

Keller: Many people when they think of government they think of Congress or the presidency. Why is politics at the state level, and in the state House of Representatives, so important and motivated you to get involved?

Hannoush: There is a saying “all politics is local”. To a certain degree, I agree. When it comes to the everyday things, it is usually the local government decisions that have the largest impact on an individuals life.

Keller: For over 150 years the United States has been locked in the two-party duopoly. What turned you on to the Libertarian Party?

Hannoush: In 2011, I took an online political quiz www.isidewith.com. The results told me my views most closely agreed with was the Libertarian Party. So I did more research on their platform and looked into the presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket, Gary Johnson. I liked him a lot and found I agree on almost everything. So I voted for Gary in 2012 and the rest is history!

Keller: Being a swing state, Florida has both strong Democratic and Republican support, as well as significant moderate support. Why is a new voice, such as a libertarian, necessary in the two-party system in Florida?

Hannoush: The two-party system is not a good one even if the two parties are Libertarian and Anarchist. I believe in more choices and I know others do as well. I don’t care if I agree with other political parties or not, they deserve to get the same media exposure and debate and ballot access as the Republicans and Democrats currently do.

Keller: Florida is often brought to the political forefront, and were put into the national spotlight during the sanctuary city debate, a debate that still exists today. Where do you stand on your critical issue?

Hannoush: I believe an individual, whether they are a citizen of the United States or not, deserve the same freedoms I have. My parents left an oppressive government and came to the United States shortly before I was born. Because of that freedom to act for the betterment of life, liberty, and happiness, I have a freer life. I want that opportunity to exist for others as well.

Keller: Our Founding Fathers even disagreed on how to interpret the Constitution, shown in the Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist debates. What is your interpretation of the Constitution, and how does that influence your view on government?

Hannoush: My view of the Constitution is what I believe the Founding Fathers generally intended. That is that individuals have inherent rights and the Constitution instructs the Government on how to preserve those rights for the individual. 

Keller: Libertarians tend to believe less government is better government. What is one area of government, however, you would like to see operating?

Hannoush: I do believe that national defense is the responsibility of the government.

Keller: Branching off of the last question, what is one area you think there should be cutbacks or even elimination in the state of Florida?

Hannoush: Florida, being a “swing” or “purple” state has led to the two major political parties here to be very divisive. There is too much power in the “leadership” of the political parties. No one is defending the rights of the people. The letter next to a person’s name holds more power than what that individual believes. I want to end partisan politics in Florida. A candidate that is giving the libertarian message will win every time.

Keller: What can the people of District 25 expect should you be elected?

Hannoush: That I will be a voice for the individual. I won’t vote based on what party leadership or lobbyist agenda is being pushed.

Keller: If someone was interested in getting involved or donating, how can they reach out to your campaign?

Hannoush: paypal.me/joehannoush

Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the readers?

Hannoush: I am currently pricing campaign materials and need as much funding as possible to help spread the message. Please donate to my campaign at paypal.me/joehannoush and follow my campaign at facebook.com/joehannoush and email [email protected] Thank you!

I would like to thank Joe Hannoush for his time. Be sure to visit his website and get involved!

Ivanka’s Reform Attempt And The Failure Of The Two-Party System

By Mason Mohon | United States

It is easy to be all talk and no fight, especially in Washington.

Ivanka Trump recently went to D.C. with a bucket list of Democratic-leaning policies with the intention of forming political coalitions with Democrats to get the policies through.

What Democrat will ever work with someone that has Trump in their name, though. Clearly, none of them. As USA Today reported:

“I’m no longer surprised,” Ivanka Trump said about the partisan lines in Washington. “I think that there are always people that will not move off of their talking points and then there are a lot of people who will. You have to find the people who will; that’s how you build coalitions.”

The issues she sought to solve were paid family leave, equal pay for women and affordable childcare. These are obviously progressive policies, and Ivanka is slightly more left-leaning then her father, but none of this would budge any Democrats. Going across the aisle does not look like an option for the president’s daughter.

“It’s always easier to be for something and not get it done than to accommodate another perspective and get it done,” Trump said when USA TODAY asked why she thought she wasn’t getting more collaboration from Democrats who have been broadly vocal about their support for the policy.

Easier said than done rings the truest in Washington, and this is just another shining example that principle means nothing in politics, while party means everything. When you get elected, it is no longer a matter of what you do and don’t do on actual policy, or what your ethical codes are. All it really is is a game; people will go and vote based on whether or not there is a D or R in front of the name, and not on principle for conviction.

Ron Paul wrote in the first parts of The Revolution that politics is mostly fake these days. The wars will always continue, the taxes will always be levied, and spending will always increase.

Political parties are a sad joke in American society. A meaningless duopoly is all that runs Washington, and Ivanka’s plight is just another example.

Image from Fortune.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of 71 Republic.

Changing Affiliations From the GOP to the LP?

By Addie Mae Villas | United States

Growing up, all I ever knew in the political world were the Democrats and the Republicans. Never did the idea of a third party occur to me, nonetheless one that best reflects my views. When entering the world of politics, I naturally aligned myself with the Republican Party and the conservatives within. However, this was just a matter of what my parents were, and the things I believed to be true. Then, I began to think and read and truly understand what was happening around me. Upon picking up a copy of The Libertarian Mind, I soon began to realize that I was not a staunch conservative, but rather a freedom-loving libertarian.

My long overdue transition from a blind following of the GOP to being highly skeptical came with an awakening. Essentially, I opened my eyes to the corruption and immoralities occurring in Congress within the two-party system. More often than not, the two parties of Congress are actually just one, one that strives to give itself more power. What really began to show the GOP’s lack of morals was the recent FISA Reauthorization Act, which gave the NSA more power. Subsequently, it allowed for less oversight, claiming this was necessary for national security. When the GOP stands on the grounds of small governments, they are the most hypocritical. Support of a larger military, police force, and government control of simple social issues shows this hypocrisy.

As a conservative, the Libertarian Party always appeared as a weed smoking, gun toting, somewhat crazy group of people. Being an outsider looking in, it was a party that always seemed distant. Of course, the famous Gary Johnson gaffes did not help in reassuring the public in the party’s sanity. During the 2016 election, the LP had a lot of potential candidates. With newcomers such as Austin Petersen, the LP became more and more appealing. However, with all of the events that have transpired over the past week, it becomes increasingly difficult to completely align with the Libertarian Party. Isn’t the switch from the GOP to the LP going from one corrupt party to the next?

Upon hearing the news that the Libertarian Party was not planning on having Ron Paul speak, I was appalled. Despite not having a long history with the LP, I know Dr. Paul is the backbone of the modern party. His ideologies, along with Rand’s, caused me to challenge my traditional conservative beliefs.

When Dr. Paul criticized the LP’s poor ability to attract votes, he did not speak without warrant. This comes especially when the youth of America want (and need) a third party. Currently, 71% of millennials believe that a third major party is needed. Also, the majority of millennials classify themselves as independents and choose not to pick a major party. The youth is the future. If the LP wants to be successful, they need to reach out to younger generations and stress a political system that has more than two parties.

With all the events that are transpiring in the LP, it’s difficult to dive into a party that cannot unify itself successfully or move forward in attracting more voters. The controversies swarming the Libertarian Party are concerning. As it is the one true political party that stands for liberty and freedom in all aspects, it would be a shame if party affairs end up being its downfall. The cracks and corruption that are being shown now cause the party to appear just as the two other major parties, rather than providing the breath of fresh air that everyone needs.

Duopoly: The Republicans and Democrats May As Well Unite

By Austin Anderholt | USA

Many Americans are highly conflicted when it comes to voting for a political party. Many Republicans will boast that “Liberals are brainless!” while many Democrats will tell you that “Republicans are evil!”, when in reality, you’re all being played by your politicians.

Let’s start with a lie. This lie is so vital to the survival of the two corrupt powerhouses of which we call “The Major American Political Parties” that democrats and republicans alike are both brainwashed into believing it. What is the lie? It’s simple: “a vote for a third party is a wasted vote!” This lie itself is a catch 22: “People don’t vote for third parties because they don’t get voted for. Why don’t they get voted for? Because people don’t vote for them.”

This paradox is what keeps Americans who are (unbeknownst to themselves) libertarians in the mindset that “I need to vote for [insert useless political party] because the opposing party hates freedom.” Many people on both the American right and left have very libertarian values, but they don’t know it. Because of this, they will keep mindlessly voting for the same two parties that only advance bigger government. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either

  1. A liberal who thinks “Conservatives hate freedom!”
  2. A conservative who thinks “Liberals hate freedom!”

If you are either of those, then riddle me this: Even though the past 100 years of American history have been pretty evenly republican as it was Democrat, why has big government shot up? Simply because both parties are for the biggest government. They are one in the same! They might have tiny political differences just so that the citizens think their vote matters, but they’re really one in the same:

They both are doing nothing about the fact that every second, America goes 5 grand deeper into debt.

They both are doing nothing about the endless wars that we have intervened in, killing our troops, innocent civilians, and destroying peaceful nations. If they do anything at all, they simply say “the other side is for this, surely I am not!”, and then they proceed to do nothing.

In order for a presidential candidate to be able to debate in a presidential debate, they must be polling at 15% during election season.

“That’s good. That way, parties that nobody has heard of don’t waste time debating in front of a national audience.”

Wrong. This is but another catch 22:

“Third party candidates don’t get enough exposure, therefore they shouldn’t be allowed to debate. Why don’t they get that exposure? Because they’re not allowed to debate!”

The next time you see a republican or democrat campaign sign, remember that they are both on the same team of big government. They don’t care about winning your vote as long as they’re always in power. They aren’t really different at all. They are a puppet democracy. People only vote for them out of fear and logical paradoxes. Don’t let two party candidates win, vote third party. Raise awareness for third parties, and let third parties debate! Let us take back our nation.