The Two Party System: How is it affecting who you’re voting for this year?


Kaitlyn Bloemer, Photographer and Reporter

Recently, I was scrolling through Tik Tok, and came across a video of three girls with Biden shirts on, and the sound in the background said something along the lines of “Real Women, settle for Biden”. This sound is a parody of the original sound that circled Tik Tok, where a chorus of women sang about how real women would be voting for Trump this fall. Now, we all know that our gender is not defined by the way we vote, however, the “Real Women Settle for Biden” sound got me thinking, are we really just settling with the candidates on each side this year?

 To me, there is a collective of voters out there who are not really happy with the candidates out there this election season, but rather are just voting with whoever their parties have presented. I mean, I have seen flags and signs flown in people’s yard this year that say things along the lines of “Any sane person for President 2020”. Honestly, think about the candidate that you are going to vote for this year. Are you really super into every policy, every idea they have come up with? Honestly, there are a lot of people out there voting for a candidate because they are a face to their party. They are not doing independent research, not digging deep into what their candidates want to do with our country. They are just saying, “Okay, I’m a (insert party here), so I’m voting for (insert candidate name).” This collective mindset of the two party system is going to be detrimental to our country if we continue to think this way. 

In fact, this was something George Washington warned us about back in the beginning of our great nation. He warned us that the two party system would eventually lead to problems, and this is a big one. In a quote from his farewell address, Washington said “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” No matter which party you vote for, we can all agree that in politics there are a lot of people who take advantage of this two party system to climb to the top, and use the power it gives them to stay at the top. I almost think that it would be good to abolish the two party system completely, and go back to voting on all candidates that ran. This way, we are not settling for any candidate, liberal or conservative. We would have more than two options to choose from, and someone could pull ideas from both sides of the political spectrum in their campaign without being criticized. To me, this would be a thousand times more efficient and beneficial for our country, rather than voters following the tide and voting for a party rather than a candidate.

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