quote:Originally posted by Constructive Feedback:
Political parties are nothing more than an American creation.
You can't seriously believe this statement.
Formation of political parties, in England for example, pre-dates that of the formation of PPs in the U.S.
Furthermore, not related to your claim but certainly of importance to Black Americans, is a phenomenon common to our two-party system known as "First-Past-the-Post". It is a term borrowed from horse racing and means "winner-take-all".
In a "Democracy", it can leave as much as 49.9% of the population unrepresented. This can be seen in the past Presidential Election where at least 48% of Americans are unrepresented, polorizing the country.
And of even more importance to African Americans or African-American Americans as JWC prefers, a FPTP form of Democracy encourages what is called "tactical" voting" or "compromise" voting.
Voters are pressured to vote for one of the two candidates they feel are most likely to win, even if they ideally do not want to elect either of them. Voting for any other candidate will be a wasted vote and have no impact on the final result.
Thus, as I share Nmaginate assessment of both American Political Parties, what is left to do except not vote?