John F. Kennedy once said, "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." We cannot take back our past. It is a part of us. Without it, we are not America. Our greatest failures and most notable triumphs combined make us the great nation we are today. One can not stand alone. They are intertwined, and without these pillars of our past, we would not stand. We would crumble, and our dreams of freedom and equality would crash right along with the rest of it. American democracy stands for the right to choose who will lead our country honestly, efficiently, and honorably.
However, our intentions, while honorable, are being neglected by American society. Democracy in our nation is no longer about voting for our country, or what's important. It's often about loyalty to a party and/or personal gain, not to mention half of our nation isn't voting at all because they don't want to have to choose between a party. They're independent, but they also know that if they vote for another party such as the Green party, their vote will have no purpose. And the people who do vote? Many just see their party and vote. They are uninformed of their party's policies. Politics, rather than strengthening our country, has divided it. And because of all of this, the two-party system must be abolished.
Many people see their party and vote, ill-informed of the consequences. According to the Yale News, in a study published by the American Political Science Review, "only 3.5% of U.S. voters would cast ballots against their preferred candidates as punishment for undemocratic behavior, such as supporting gerrymandering, disenfranchisement, or press restrictions." This means that 96% of voters are willing to vote for someone who is making poor choices that are unbecoming of a Presidential candidate in exchange for their gain. Party loyalty does not deserve a place in the American democratic system. Voters should be loyal to their country, not a party. And by choosing someone, despite their poor choices, voters are turning their back on what's best for the United States of America.
Countless citizens in this country do not vote. Having a no-party system would change that. According to Global Citizen, 7% of the U.S. population does not vote because they don't agree with the viewpoints of the parties. 7% may not appear like much, but it's 23 million people. 23 million people not voting because they don't want to be forced into the box of one party or another. If we were to eliminate the two parties, people would have more varied options to vote for.
Some would say that voters are plenty informed about their parties and candidate's policies. However, according to the Choate News, "An individual may identify as a Republican primarily because they believe that their views regarding taxes and foreign policy best align with that of the Republican party. However, this same individual may also support abortion rights, gay rights, liberal immigration reform, and racial justice — all viewpoints most Americans would say are Democratic beliefs. In the same way, someone may associate themselves with the Democratic party because they believe their views regarding gun control are shared by the Democratic party, yet this individual may also oppose gay marriage and abortion rights. The people of the United States of America must hold themselves accountable to identify what the actual views of election candidates are, regardless of political party." Many people see their party, and because they agree with some views, or were raised to support a certain party, they don't vote to look more into the whole party and the candidate. Many Americans are woefully uninformed, and this has very negative effects on the elections. If we had no parties, this would force voters to be aware of the candidate they were supporting. And while yes, some people may not vote then out of sheer laziness, there are many more people who would, because they have the opportunity to have a candidate that more aligns with their views.
Think about the positive effects. Now, we have more voters, a more informed voting population, less divide among us, and likely even more capable presidents. See any major downsides? I sure don't! Look, every government has issues. But it's our job as American citizens to take accountability for the flaws in our government. And not only just that but to work to change those things we struggle with. To constantly grow, learn, and improve our country in all aspects. By eliminating the two-party system, we are doing just that.