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" The current ballot system assumes that any a candidate or new party will take 2 to 6 years before they gain a permanent place on   the ballot, which is referred to as a "ballot line".

  " Because of the deadlines for signatures, the current system does not allow for any spontaneous political movements to arise. So if an incumbent President wanted to jail his opponents in February of an election year, it would be impossible for a new party to be created in time to nominate a candidate to oppose the incumbent.

" The only exception to this rule would be if a billionaire like Ross Perot were to run and be able to spend millions to run. In most cases, a billionaire is not going to run on a program of changing the system.


" Voters need to wake up about why they have so few choices and become involved in creating more choices by promoting other political parties or independent candidates.

" We need to have a uniform system of ballot access in all 50 states and abolish the crazy-quilt of differing, restrictive, and undemocratic system of ballot laws that we now have in the various states.

The preceding examples of the difficulties facing any new political party, or anyone trying to get on a ballot for that matter, show the relentless hostility that the Democrats and Republicans display towards anyone trying to work outside of the existing two-party system.

The two-party system is the way that those in power maintain their grip on the American political system. Remember, nowhere in The Declaration of independence or The Constitution does it say that the United States should operate on a two-party system.

Consider this; The United States has population in excess of three-hundred and fifty million people. This means that for all of the 350 million Americans in our nation, we have only, in real terms, TWO POINTS OF VIEW FOR350 MILLION PEOPLE!

Two political parties for the third most populous nation on planet Earth! That is patently ridiculous! In a varied nation like ours, with people from every walk of life, we only have two views from which to vote for. Not only does this limit the political discourse because of only two parties, but both parties are basically corporately run political parties lead by the wealthiest one percent of Americans! Now before you discount what I have just said, read this:

The Center for Responsive Politics has crunched the numbers and released the results on its Open Secrets blog:   

"About 47 percent of Congress, or 249 current members are millionaires. " In 2010, the estimated median net worth of a current U.S. senator stood at an average of $2.56 million," according to the Center's research.

 "Despite the global   economic meltdown   in 2008 and the sluggish recovery that followed, that's up about 7.6 percent   from an estimated median net worth of $2.38 million   in 2009 " and up 13 percent from a median net worth of $2.27 million in 2008. " Fully 36 Senate Democrats, and 30 Senate Republicans reported an average net worth in excess of $1 million   in 2010.   The same was true for 110 House Republicans and 73 House Democrats."

  "The vast majority of members of Congress are quite comfortable, financially, while many of their own constituents suffer from economic hardships," said Sheila Krumholz at the Center For Responsive Politics.   "Few Americans enjoy the same financial cushions maintained by most members of Congress -- or the same access to market-altering information that could yield personal, financial gains." ABC NEWS

This is the reason that the two corporately-run political parties don't want any significant amount of people voting outside of the two-party political system. Think about it. The Democrat and The Republican parties look out for their own, and that isn't the majority of us. So the next time you vote, think about who's interests you are voting for.

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Former Chairman of the Liberal Party of America, Tim is a retired Army Sergeant. He currently lives in South Carolina. A regular contributor to OpEdNews, he is the author of Kimchee Days (or Stoned Cold Warriors).

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I agree with you, having parties, too many of them... by Tony Orlando on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 9:00:43 PM
Maybe it is better to do it like this at first. Vo... by Tony Orlando on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 9:11:35 PM
Hard to believe that this is the 21 century and ye... by Gail Harrison on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 9:53:42 PM
We need to revamp the whole thing.... by Timothy Gatto on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:24:09 PM
Is the authoritative source for information on wha... by June Genis on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:04:17 PM