Comments:Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson announces presidential bid
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i would like to know this guys stances on war and what not, like if he is elected would he actually get us out of a war, buy voiding any current wars we may be in by the time he is elected, as any thing could happen between now and the time he could get in to office? or would he just default back to the same old same old policies we have seen in the past... any way i will keep my eye out for updates to this post and keep my eye on this guy :)
That seems... iffy to me. Call me crazy, but this country needs a multi-party system to keep the democratic ideas intact. Unless he's going to instill a new one in its place it's going to be a bad thing. -188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:11, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
He does not advocate "abolishing the multi-party system" but rather wants to eliminate the two-party duopoly in America. In Anderson's view, additional political parties would improve governance. This is accomplished through election instead of coercive legislation.
I fail to see anything in the article that suggests Anderson wants to abolish the "multi-party system". It is difficult to conceive of the abolition of an entity which does not exist. Unlike most democracies, the United States of America has never enjoyed a multi- party political system, rather a two-party system has been institutionalized for most of our history. In recent years both the political parties have fallen under the nearly absolute influence of corporate lobbying. So while there may be two parties on paper, the range of ideology and policy proposals of both parties is quite limited in most matters, and in both foreign and domestic policy tends to serve the interests of large multinational corporations rather than common citizens. The sole exception to this are hot-button "culture war" social issues e.g. gay marriage, abortion, which are used by politicians from either party to pander to their respective bases during election campaigns. As playwright, essayist and author Gore Vidal once so eloquently put it: "There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party...and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt—until recently... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties"
Recently a landmark 5-4 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission" further entrenched this system by affirming the "right" of corporations to engage in electioneering through control of the mass media. If Mr. Anderson seeks to abolish this system, and replace it with a transparent multi-party political system unshackled from the stranglehold of Corporate money then I heartily applaud him for his efforts.