There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), "The Works of John Adams", vol 9, p. 511

We were friggin' warned about the two party system. And we've ignored the admonition for so long, look at the election it has wrought us.

This article from JP Sottile has it nailed in the title: "2016: The Final Season of the United States Reality Show."  The article goes on to compare what we are living in as the "Jumping of the Shark" in the show.

Sadly, the truth is there and the reality to show for it: a LITERAL reality show candidate versus a woman who by most accounts has done literally almost ANY thing to be president. It's like selecting a president via Fear Factor. 

I have a teenager who just turned voting age in time for this election. Guess what she is going to do (probably): NOT VOTE. And can anyone, blame her. 

The reason I got the gumption to write this post is because Louis CK, who I normally enjoy, took to late night TV to suggest that those that don't vote are just @-holes.

Dude, clearly you have your preference, but for the rest of us that see that you have two candidates who just kinda stink- this is not an election to berate someone for ONLY seeing two evils. 

There are nearly 9 million new voters in that ball park age of my daughter who have to look at the circus this last election has turned into and wonder- "why is voting such a big deal?" They definitely do care more about who is going to win some REALITY show contest much more than this crap-shoot.

But this comes back to a two party system that is more durable than a roach and as insidious as our Founding Fathers imagined. It is the enemy of true democracy. You are seeing more and more talk about two parties killing democracy in the United States.

When are or HOW can we do something about it when it is like a Terminator-esque Hydra that just keeps coming back every 2, 4, and 6 years?

I come back to voting every election year, mainly because I am so thoroughly disappointed in the outcomes of our two-party system.
And make no mistake, it is the party system that fails us.
I talked about "how not to get out the vote" - "vote even if you are disgusted?" UGH
I've always liked this article about shaming "non-voting."
I completely agree with the author: "No one should have to justify exercising a right; rights, by definition, justify themselves. Nevertheless, for many people, not voting is an entirely rational choice: The cost of learning about the candidates and the issues often outweighs the benefit to be had from casting a ballot whose odds of making a significant difference in the outcome are infinitesimal."

And for those that argue that you have a "civic duty to vote," please lay off the doody.
I like what this guy has to say about the idea.

Just because someone has the right to bear firearms does not give them a civic duty to bear them, right?
Just because you have the right to free assembly doesn't mean you have a civic duty to assemble, unless maybe you are Captain America?

This election, more than any other, is illustrating that the move towards approximately 40% of registered voters identifying themselves as independent is the only choice. 

Will we still have an election result if all 40% just decided to forgo both options this year? Yes. 
I wish we had a protest option like the 1983 remake of Brewster's Millions, when Richard Pryor ran as "None of the Above." 
At least then, I wouldn't have to hold my nose to vote. 

As a former political science student and teacher, one thing that has ALWAYS bothered me about the electoral system in the United States: why does the public PAY for party primaries?

I can understand the states being responsible for running their general elections to provide opportunity for their citizens to choose mayors, governors and all the way up to president, but for the life of me- why does the public pay for party primaries?

Look at that graphic above. You can see how it works here:
Only 9% of the American public selected either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump via the party primary process!

So, 9 out of ten of us are paying for the privilege of the remaining less than ten percent to have a chance to participate in what are private organizations selecting their general election candidate.


Do you know how much that cost? According to, over $425 million dollars this past election cycle.

Now, granted, states do choose to hold elections in primary season for other reasons. Ballots can have voter referendum on bond issues or other state elections. But would they choose to if they didn't have to? In my state of North Carolina alone, it was $9,000,000. But the amount is really NOT the issue.

Based on Pew Center Research, "...based on 2014 data, [of American voters] 39% identify as independents, 32% as Democrats and 23% as Republicans. Most polls have the registrations as high as 45%. Meaning that a minority of the population is subsidizing the majority's ability to select.

I'm with this editorial columnist: make the parties pay for their own elections. 

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