Pennsylvania are four presidential candidates representing four different parties. They are Democratic Party nominee President Barack Obama, Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney, Green Party nominee Jill Stein, and Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.
But there are even more political parties out there than you or I have ever heard of, one being the Socialist Equality Party that has been putting up flyers around campus. There’s also the Constitution Party, the Justice Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, and the Reform Party, started in 1995 by Ross Perot, who gained 20 percent of vote in the 1992 presidential election as an Independent candidate.
Yet despite all this, people complain daily about the injustices of the two party system, and how they’d vote for Johnson if he just had a chance of winning.
If we have a two-party system, then it’s entirely self-inflicted. Political parties aren’t even mentioned in the Constitution, and there’s absolutely nothing systemic about two-party dominance. Continue reading