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I am starting this thread because of an unexpected, yet very welcome, lengthy stream of comments that were posted on this Gentlemint tack. My intent here is not to spark any type of political debate. Rather, I would like to open it to a broader intelligent and courteous discussion on our current political party system.
I believe that we need more choices. The two-party cartel has run amok and I cannot affiliate with either of them exclusively. I have often said that the primary problem with this country is that we have divided ourselves into two choices. This, in my opinion, leaves a great deal of gray space in the middle. And it seems that nobody wants to step into the middle and have at-length discussions about how we come to agreement or at least become more agreeable.
I read a comment from the article linked to this tack recently that read, "The worst of modern-day America, a place fueled by fury, where winning an empty argument always trumps the harder labor of searching for common ground." This struck a chord in me and I felt it accurately summed up where we are today.
So, without further adieu, let us begin. How do we, as Americans, go about ensuring we have more choices in our political party system and what should they look like? How do we convince the current government to accept them, short of a violent revolution (which nobody should want)? Are you willing to bend on some of your personal stances in order to help create a more solidified nation?