why We Still Need Political Parties

2012 campaign manager and head of OFA. Whether they can get that same percentage of people to do something on minimum wage or a fight within the Senate Finance Committee is a different question, Ickes said. Of course, completely agreeing with an individual is impossible as well. Madison, in particular, feared for the future of federalism and the separation of powers if Hamilton's economic nationalism were left politically unchecked. In Luxembourg, a tiny European nation of just 500,000 people, there are 6 parties in its 60-seat unicameral legislature, the Chamber of Deputies. But for many of those years, the concern was that the parties were too much alike and philosophically undefined. And the public wants something new. This will get us away from the silly idea that every issue is a death match between left and right. These local institutions were the vital foundation of voter involvement; without them voter turnout began its long decline. In addition to producing more representative government, the Venus of Willendorf proportional representation offers other benefits.

The first was intensely mobilizing and generated sharp increases in voter turnout until it reached extraordinary, indeed uniquely high levels. Using simple modeling, Aldrich posits that a party system will solve pathologies that would otherwise plague politicians. Expending resources to activate the already motivated voters is cost-effective. David Broder wrote a book titled, the Partys Over: The Failure of Politics in America. The current campaign finance system makes it very difficult for the parties to command both the ideological fervor and the money they rely on to deliver a reliable set of services, former DNC chairman Howard Dean said. His book is deeply thoughtful, gently argued, and quite rigorous. Voters are responding to what they hear and what their gut instinct tells them is the right guy to get the job done right and party affiliation doesnt even enter into the equation any more.

Our current single seat districts, with winner-take-all elections, favors parties that can assemble coalitions of over fifty percent of the voters. After all, the wealthy are best protected by government that is deadlocked. He hoped to transform his party into a programmatic, responsible organization.