It is no secret that the two-party system in the US does not represent the majority of Americans—and on many issues, the two sides come together to form one large, war-mongering party. So, is there a chance of the US ever adopting a multi-party system?
When you hear about Third Party candidates, they are often being blamed for taking votes away from the two major parties. But with nearly half of American voters identifying as politically independent, it raises the question of how long the current system will last here in the US.
One of the biggest topics that was completely ignored during the 2020 Election was the future of US Foreign Policy. It has been nearly two decades since the Bush Administration declared the start of the “War on Terrorism,” and now many Americans are wondering when it will end.
According to a 2020 poll, 75 percent of Americans said the U.S. should prioritize domestic issues over foreign policy issues. 48 percent said the U.S. Military should be less engaged around the world, while only 7 percent said more engagement is needed. And 49 percent said the U.S. should decrease Pentagon spending, while only 8 percent said it should be increased.
Yet those policies were never carried out by the Trump Administration. And they weren’t championed by his challenger, Joe Biden, either. Meanwhile, there were multiple Third-Party candidates who promised to pursue a foreign policy that most Americans want — but they were excluded from the debates and largely ignored by the media.
A similar problem arose in New Zealand, a few decades ago, when the Labor and National Parties were criticized for not truly representing the interests of the people they served. So, they switched to a Mixed Member Proportional system, where voters elect both a local candidate to represent them, and a political party to win the majority. As an article from Foreign Policy Magazine noted, the “switch to a German-style multi-party system allowed people to sort themselves out according to their actual views and afforded those views a new measure of political representation.”
Other arguments have been made for ranked choice voting or the type of proportional system that currently exists in The Netherlands, where voters choose from an approved list of candidates. It can include dozens of parties, which are then narrowed down based on public support.
But here in the US, instead of arguing over issues, lately, the public has been much more focused on the two candidates they see on the ballot—even when their policies don’t represent the Americans voting them into office.