Yay! After much searching, I finally stumbled on a reason for rejoicing in the 2016 election—it might mark the death of two-party politics. Most of us thought we would never see this day. We thought upending the two-party system would take a charismatic third-party candidate with cross-over appeal to sweep the middle voters off their feet. But it turns out there is another way for the GOP-DNC hydra to be conquered: it can commit suicide.
More and more, the 2016 election year is looking like political seppuku for both parties. The Democratic party just might run Hillary Clinton, a candidate who could very well be indicted during her campaign. The Republican party will probably run Donald Trump, possibly the most odious megalomaniac ever to flourish his foulness in the public eye.
And it’s becoming clear that these choices are having an impact on party loyalty. Today, people are becoming more reluctant to self-identify as either Republican or Democrat:
The percentages of everyday Americans describing themselves as “Democrat” or “Republican” are near historic lows for both political parties, according to a new poll.
Roughly 29 percent of respondents in a Gallup survey released Monday identify as Democrats, marking the lowest point in 27 years. The previous low occurred in 2013, when 30 percent identified as Democrats.
Twenty six percent, meanwhile, defined themselves as Republicans in 2015. That is just 1 point above the party’s low of 25 percent in 2013, Gallup said.
Amid this ocean of darkness, there is yet a lighthouse glimmer of hope: that both parties will shrivel up and die, making it possible, though not certain, that a just society can emerge in America. Wake up, please. Get off the two-party seesaw. And for that matter, leave the bully-run kindergarten playground of establishment politics altogether.