I think that would be fine IF there were methods for third parties to actually get on the ballots. You've heard Ron Paul complain about how difficult it is just to get on the ballot in some states if you are a 3d party candidate.
So we have a situation where the parties get the benefit of being private organizations given a virtual monopoly on our election system. I don't really see that as fair. If they want to be monopolies, they need some regulation. Otherwise we get what we've been getting. If the parties don't want to be regulated, then it must be easier for third parties to get on the ballot.
Something has to give, because this two party monopoly just isn't working.
This is a symptom as I mentioned earlier, of the parties having near monopoly control over the ballots, and the incredible level of 3d party exclusion. If we had a 5 way race, you'd probably get a lot more turnout, real discussion of ideas, and a better result overall.
As it is, we get big spender D for a while, then big spender R for a while, and so on with no real change ever, just further consolidation of power. If the parties want to remain monopolies, then primary reform is in order. If they don't want to reform, then their stranglehold on ballots should be released so we can to some real debate in this country.
Last edited by Max_in_WA; 01-05-2008 at 07:55 PM.