America 101: Why Do We Have a Two Party System?

Historian David Eisenbach examines America's two party system, from Republicans and Democrats to some of the fringe parties.
1:28 | 09/20/16

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As we know American politics is dominated by two parties the Democrats and it's. But that wasn't always the case when George Washington became president there were no political parties and non. What you may not know that George was actually anti party. He hated the idea of party so much that in his farewell address he spoke against them saying. The common and continual mixtures of the spirit of party serves always to distract the public councils and feeble the public administration. Not having political parties was a good idea in theory in reality they didn't work. Washington successors created America's first political parties other countries like England or France have multiple parties. But America has pretty much always had two major part currently the Democrats and Republicans. But don't be deceived. They're actually dozens of third party is alive and well here in the United States. Like the libertarians the Green Party. The trends human is part. The United States pirate party and even the American shopping party. Well you may not have heard of them. A vote for them could have a huge impact. If a third party candidate can get just 5% of the vote their party can be eligible for federal election funds and just maybe. Shake things.

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