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I think the two main political parties are going to be our downfall. The U.S two parties are unfairly above 3rd parties and don’t try to compromise much. They might try a bit, but they haven't got much done about the fiscal cliff problem. The main problem congress was not able to make the decision because of the two main parties arguing with each other. I don’t necessarily think that there should no political parties. But they should work together instead of against each other. If this goes on, then we might have to get rid of political parties.They have different goals and solutions and it almost like they are rivals. It’s okay to have different ideas, but to continuously rival in decisions is not healthy for our country’s future. This is a government, not a game of football. Their “fans” are devoted to them causing separation in our country. Often hating the other side just like in a football game.In fact, the president is more loyal to his/her party than his citizens. I always thought it was people and the government compromises for our government first, then the parties. But lately, they’ve been arguing with each other a lot more. I believe this is the biggest problem our government needs to fix before we try to resolve anything else. If the government continues to ignore it, we will continue to see a number of problems unsolved.

The democratic & Republican parties have too much power as well. For example, 3rd party candidates for president might have a good ideas but just because they are not in the two main parties, they can barely make their names get in the ballot in all the states. I think if their ideas were heard and actually taken into consideration, we might actually have a solution to some of our escalating number of problems. There are many 3rd parties that would certainly help our economic issues at the moment. The more ideas, the merrier.

Lately, I’ve felt like the government isn’t paying attention to our debt problems. Truthfully, they are trying to solve it. But it doesn’t seem like it because they keep pushing the fiscal cliff back.They had 2 years to solve it but waited until the last minute to actually think about it and couldn’t come up with anything. It’s almost like someone put a bandage on a open giant gash that’s continuing to bleed. They came up with a last minute law that they would raise taxes to high income citizens. But the U.S is still biting off more than they can chew. We are using too much money compared to the money we take in.

Obviously Terry Mitchell agrees with me about the fact that political parties are literally splitting us apart. As he says in his article, George Washington foresaw this more than two centuries ago. We should have heeded his warning. A man named Jeff Thomas also agrees and states that it is possible to have a fair government without political parties. He gives an example of the Cayman Islands. They used to have political parties, but realized that it was not the answer and changed. This is his article. In it it shows what changes are going in the Cayman Islands and how they proposed a solution. They have made a coalition of Independents instead of formal parties. Although Jeff has a few questions, he seems to think it will help the Cayman Islands and make it a stronger country. I agree. Here in America the two political parties won’t listen to each other. They want what they want and nothing else. Sure, there have been some compromises, but only on certain issues. For example, I predict they will compromise on gun control because they both want to limit the guns citizens have access to. But will they ever compromise on issues that they have complete different views in but are still important? Probably not. Which is why we need to scrap these parties and start from scratch, or find a way to make the party idea better.



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