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No Basis for “Third Party” Envy

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Many Americans watched recent elections in Britain with envy because so many parties competed for power. The Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, UK Independence Party and the Greens all competed for seats in Parliament.

But the results meant an inconclusive election with no clear mandate, producing a shaky government with less strength to handle pressing problems. A similar result afflicted Israel in recent elections; with votes split among six parties, Prime Minister Netanyahu has struggled to put together a viable government, despite the fact that he received far more votes than his principal challenger.

Those who yearn for new American “Third Parties” should ponder these results. We are fortunate that our two-party system remains vital, offering voters a clear choice between increasingly liberal Democrats and more conservative Republicans. The emergence of additional factions on the fringe would only fragment voting and produce the frustrating and inconclusive results that have hurt two of our closest allies.

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  1. Scott Campbell  •  May 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    In how they vote, not how they speak to constituents in endless re-election campaign promises, how do you see this vast chasm between increasingly liberal Dems and more conservative Reps?

  2. Michael Dean  •  May 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I am so sick of all this talk of “mandates”. Our elected officials already have the greatest mandate ever devised by man. It’s called the Constitution of the United States of America. If they would simple follow THAT mandate, everything would be just fine.

  3. tom  •  May 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    NA,NA You have it back words it is [ conservative Dems, and more liberal Reps,! ]

    • Lamar  •  May 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      There’s no such thing as a conservative Dem!

  4. Lamar  •  May 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Primary Elections are when third party candidates have their opportunity to win favor, then it should always come to a top 2 election.

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