Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our two-party system

This article points out some of the difficulty of competing with the major parties. If you've had the feeling that the United States must have some people that would make more inspiring choices for leader than the ones we actually get to vote here, Balko points out:
The system we have now selects for the sorts of people who want to make a career of politics. If, in order to successfully run for high office, you have to spend years culling favors and working your way up through one of the two major parties, the winners in this game are going to be the party loyalists and power-hungry climbers who couldn't hack it in the private sector — frankly, the last personality type we want governing.


jtfiederer said...

It would have been nice if the author had some suggestions as to how this situation might be changed. But maybe its...hopeless?

Jens Fiederer said...

Not 100% hopeless - see what happened to the Whigs.

Pretty close, though.