The Two-Party System, Bipartisanship, and more

Posted: 22nd February 2010 by Scott @ The Right of a Nation in General Politics

So in my last post about Scott Brown voting with Democrats, as I predicted, I wrote that “this ‘reach across the aisle’ is now leading to more and more calls for ‘bipartisanship,’ which is starting to become a term that I don’t even believe in or understand.” This is a topic that I really haven’t completely come to a final opinion on, but nowadays when I hear the word “bipartisanship” I hear “voting for something that you don’t agree with.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am starting to think that the two-party system may be a true stumbling block to democracy, much like John Adams thought.  And while I certainly don’t agree with “voting with the party” just for its own sake, I do think it makes sense to group yourself with people who, for the most part, you share ideals with.  I guess this is why I said I haven’t completely figured out where I stand on the two-party system.

Like I just mentioned, John Adams both foresaw and witnessed first-hand the creation of the two-party system and apparently correctly predicted that it could spell doom for our government.  And a lot of what goes on in our government is petty partisanship, but when it comes to voting on major bills such as healthcare or taxes, I just can’t see how two groups based on completely different fundamentals can be expected to vote for the same thing.

For the most part, obviously, Republicans are supposed to be based more towards conservatism and Democrats more towards liberalism, and it really makes no sense for them to agree.  Now, if our county is attacked and it is necessary for both parties to come together to vote for some type of bill relating to war or the defense of our country, agreement is not only foreseeable but expected and demanded.

The reason I am fed up with both parties right now is because I consider myself to be conservative.  Therefore, I obviously disagree with Democrats, and I disagree with Republicans often because I am tired of the watered down version of conservatism that they are selling.  It really just seems that both parties have become full of people entrenched in their comfortable jobs as politicians who are putting themselves first instead of the country.

And really, when you subtract out the people who voted for Obama just because he was black, or just because they were Democrats, or just because they didn’t like Bush, I think you would find some people who thought they were finding that person who was not a “Washington politician” type, someone who was different and new and who would do things differently.  Obviously they were wrong, but my point remains.

And for these reasons it does seem like some sort of legitimate third party based solely on conservatism needs to come onto the scene and either gain popularity and power or either cause the two existing parties to correctly realign themselves.  That’s one of the reasons why I think this whole Tea Party movement has been causing some excitement.  Like I’ve said before, I really haven’t researched this whole movement to know if it is something I could get behind, or if it is legitimate in its grassroots appearance, but I have seen some good signs from it in that it has been pissing off Democrats and Republicans alike, including Orrin Hatch most recently.  If they can keep from becoming too fringe or losing their credibility by becoming too corporate-like (both of which they may have already done in some peoples’ eyes, like I said I really don’t know), they may be on to something.

Anyway, I’ve sort of gone on a bit of a completely unplanned rant here.  But like I said before, Obama sort of burst on to the scene in 2008 sort of because he was viewed as all of the positive things that I’ve described above (and because of the other more uninspiring reasons I mentioned also).  Unfortunately, he was a sort of renegade from the left side, and now that the people of America are seeing the type of stuff that they believe in over there, they are regretting their decision.

But I think that if someone based on true conservatism, without strong corporate/mainstream/commercialized ties to the Washington/Republican/politician scene can sort of burst onto the scene like Obama did for the left, the American people will warm to them immediately.  And that’s because I do think that Americans are more conservative than they are liberal but they want someone that is going to align themselves with their belief system and not their party, or their flashy politician lifestyle.

  1. [...] a term that I don’t even believe in or understand.  I’ll get into that more here at The Two-Party System, Bipartisanship, and more because I really went off on a tangent and it sort of turned into a post of its [...]

  2. d.eris says:

    “I haven’t completely figured out where I stand on the two-party system.”

    The only rational stance toward the two-party state is opposition to it, and support for independent and third party alternatives to the charade that is Democratic-Republican politics.
    .-= d.eris´s last blog ..Content in their Chains, Partisans of the Two-Party State Oppose Liberation from the Ideological Prison that is Democratic-Republican Politics =-.

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