Aren't you tired of the two-party box? It is not them. It is us; we are boxed in. And somehow, we just megaphone out what they megaphone in. No surprising third-party perspective was ever told in the US, because even the third parties megaphone out what the two parties megaphoned in.
How come we call ourselves a democracy? In a democracy the voters are represented by their choice; we don't have that. We compete with other voters first before a 'representative' is picked. We vote in collectives, not individually. The majority in the district decides who represents you. Does that sound right to you? Of course not. It doesn't sound right at all. In a democracy, the voters are represented by other people that are then indeed representing the voters. We don't have that.
In a democracy, there is no game first who gets a representative and who doesn't. In a democracy, you go out to vote and the entire pie of seats is divvied up according to all votes.
In the Netherlands, 99.3 percent of the voters get the person or party they hand-picked themselves -- and that's the minimum. Basically, there are no losers over there.
Even Germany, that took over the US voting system after WW II, adjusted our system so it would end up being fair to their voters. It was even an easy fix.
The US Constitution demands that the government does not use discriminating systems when a better system is available. We can get a fix, legal and all. If it weren't for the other words in the US Constitution, even our Federal level would not have escaped that demand. The States did get their freedom to choose for themselves, says the US Constitution, but are gently pushed toward not using a discriminating voting system. Lastly, yhe local level has nothing in the US Constitution other than this fact that discriminating systems cannot be used when there are better systems around. That is a good start. The local level is a safe place to learn how a democracy functions.
In these two visualizations, the white represents the loss of voter power due to the particulars of the used system. To the left, the minimum of voters getting their choice (between #1 and #2) is 50 percent, and so the loss of voter power is also 50 percent. That power goes straight to the parties and the special interest groups behind the two parties.
To the right, the minimum of voters getting their choice (between #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and so forth) goes up and up with every additional seat on the council. The loss of voter power diminishes with every additional seat on the council.
Cutting up the pie of seats is the best way to get close to a perfect democracy.
The Republican Party is about to lose its majority, and they know it. After all these years of remaining competitive (partly rightfully so, but also through manipulations such as jailing many suspected Democrats who could then not vote anymore), the Republican Party is now going nuclear. Because they don't know what else to do. The system will break it apart, and we will end up with two new parties:
- The Republican Party
- The Democratic Party
The only difference is that the center will swing right at the new Republican Party, it then becoming the new center-right, and the Democratic Party will embrace the more extreme side of the current party, it then becoming center-left.
Ultimately, this is still about us. We have a two-party box and it dictates our lives in the small stuff, the medium stuff, and the big stuff. It tells us who the have and have-nots, the get and the get-nots are going to be. It tells us how we will walk to the brink with indeed a chance that the extreme parts of society end up with a successful coup, but with the greater chance of veering back in a familiar place like a political rubber band snapped at our wrists.
Basically, the best days of the United States occurred when no one questioned our democracy. When everyone played democracy and therefore it worked. We did not see that Sweden, Belgium, Spain got the better version of representation, that Germany improved our system, and that New Zealand then kind of copied in 1996, so they went from two parties to five today. 47.5 percent of the representatives are females in New Zealand. It jumped spectacularly after the voting system got changed. We did not innovate.
We can choose to remain focused on our two-party box. It's safe; it's what we know. It's competitive to a fault. It makes heroes out of competitors, and those that don't compete do not even matter in our democracy. There are many voters that fall into our political hole.