I am SURE the parliamentary system has its OWN flaws, but right now it is looking much better to me than the United States's 2-party system.
The problem with a 2-party system is that there isn't much room to SWITCH. There is a stretch of time in each election when there IS still room for me to choose one candidate or the other---but at a certain point in most elections, when it has become apparent to me that one party fervently opposes things I fervently believe in, it doesn't matter WHAT cheesehead move the other party pulls, I can't SWITCH. That's not how it works.
I mean, I'm trying to imagine, just with the imaginative power of imagination, how I would feel if at this point the candidate I've decided to vote for said some truly unacceptable things, some things that meant really no one should vote for him. Would I then vote for the OTHER party? No, because I have already heard THAT candidate say some truly unacceptable things, some things that mean to me that really no one should vote for him.
So in this completely imaginary scenario, I'd be completely stuck: I can't vote for my guy anymore; I can't vote for the other guy. My only remaining option is a Protest Vote: either not voting at all, or voting for a third party candidate I know won't win, just to show how unhappy I am with the choices.
In a parliamentary system, I would have more options, right? I could say, "Wellll, I WAS going to vote for Cheesehead McGee, but it turns out he's a cheesehead. I'm still appalled by Pinehole McCloud, so certainly I'm not voting for HIM, either, but there's this other candidate who is sort of an in between candidate. I'll vote for HER instead." And if, say, 40% of the voters still liked Cheesehead McGee's ideas and 40% still liked Pinehole McCloud's ideas, there could still be 20% power given to MY candidate's ideas TOO. ...Or however that works. I may not be 100% clear on the parliamentary system. Or ours. BUT I KNOW I AM DISCONTENTED.
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