The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
In any case, it is virtually impossible to get a third party off the ground. Most politicians figure this out and work to steer one of the two major parties in their preferred direction. There are a few outliers, but they are all weird special cases.
And yes, I'm aware that it's a long shot.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
Democracy is fine, but not every citizen should have a vote. Individuals need to meet a standard for "True Democracy" as in ancient Greece with the Senate of Rome. One has the elites [later the nobility] who should run the nation, all others are dispensable as in slavery or later ownership in Medieval times of serfdom and serfs. Sovereignty in leadership cannot be entrusted to the lesser in wealth and knowledge.
○ The Founding Fathers and the Electoral College
As the voting rights expanded, the states of the Union found other means to block its citizens from participating in the elections. I have realized later on, the U.S. is just a poor democracy and undoubtedly reaps the harm/ills from such a policy.
Third parties are blocked not by the form of an Electoral College, but by indirect representation of the winner takes all. Same situation in the UK with districts and plurality voting. Some nations have party-list proportional representation as in The Netherlands where coalition forming and compromise have become an art.
○ Electoral Systems by Country
Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
The US Constitution does NOT
Limits to unqualified enfranchisement ("direct democracy") in the USA are the result of the stunted imaginations of eligible voters, possibly illiteracy, and craven federal and states' legislative acts, elected by the cretins that the polity elects to do so, over and over again (because "institutional knowledge", incumbency), including Secretary of State in each (if not APPOINTED) whose executive function is to fulfill demands of the partisan corporations who dominate a legislature and qualify voters' rights AND candidatures in that state.
A third party could be had IF voters "thought" that candidate could WIN!!!
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Frank Schnittger - May 24 9 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 25 3 comments
by Oui - May 23 14 comments
by Oui - May 23 9 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 17 68 comments
by melo - May 23 9 comments
by ATinNM - May 22 10 comments
by IdiotSavant - May 15 4 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 253 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 249 comments
by Oui - May 2314 comments
by Oui - May 239 comments
by melo - May 239 comments
by ATinNM - May 2210 comments
by gmoke - May 17
by Frank Schnittger - May 1768 comments
by Oui - May 1541 comments
by IdiotSavant - May 154 comments
by Oui - May 101 comment
by Oui - May 96 comments
by Oui - May 75 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 516 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 419 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 334 comments
by Oui - May 214 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Apr 3016 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Apr 306 comments
by Oui - Apr 289 comments