Some Americans watched recent elections in Britain with envy because so many parties competed for power. Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, UK Independence Party and Greens all contested seats in Parliament.
The results brought victory to David Cameron’s Conservatives, but a split electorate only gave him 36 percent of total votes. Critics insist this means a shaky government and dubious mandate. A similar result afflicted Israel in recent elections; with votes split among six parties, Prime Minister Netanyahu struggled to put together a viable government, despite the fact that he received far more votes than his principal challenger.
Those who seek new American “Third Parties” should ponder these results. Our two-party system remains vital, offering voters a clear choice between increasingly liberal Democrats and more conservative Republicans. Emergence of additional factions on the fringe would only muddy voter decisions, producing the badly fragmented electorate that now characterizes two of our closest allies.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/205345160″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Read More »