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Third Party Problems

This year in government we have learned many helpful and interesting things. My knowledge about government has increased greatly and in the process it has been fun. We have learned a lot during the past two trimesters from talking about the Declaration of Independence all the way to now where we are studying the Presidency. We have used technology in every class and I feel that this being incorporated in our curriculum has greatly helped me learn and made the process interesting. There have been plenty of interesting things that we have done during the past two trimesters but the thing that I remember most and enjoyed the most was doing the topical debate on whether or not we need a third political party.  Image

During our second round of topical debates my group was assigned the topic of whether or not there should be a third political party. This topic lead to a great discussion between the two opposing groups. Both sides took turns expressing their point of view on the matter and then the rest of the class listened and in the end voted for who was more persuasive. This exercise was very helpful because we learned a great deal about political parties and also learned greatly by listening in on the other debate topics. The process of actually having to research your topic and know what you were going to say allowed you to easily learn the topic at hand. Also the ability to listen in on other debates was great because it allowed us to understand their topics because they were forced to present it in a way that persuaded you.

I enjoyed the learning about whether or not we needed a third political party because it was something that is discussed in modern day and all throughout history. We started out by just researching about political parties and I gained more interest the deeper in research we got. We learned about why just having two parties is good rather than adding another. I learned that adding another party could mess up how the American party system works.  Most of the third parties specify on certain beliefs but share most of their beliefs with one of the major parties.  On usgovinfo.about.com all of the major third parties are explained.  Once you closely examine all of the parties you will realize none of these parties could defeat the major parties.  This means that all the third parties are doing are taking away votes from the major parties if they were made in to major parties.  The picture included below shows how very few people support a third party and that in now way will it ever be able to compete with the other two major parties.  All of the things that I learned about this were very interesting to me because of the fact that it was something that is so big in America. While it is evident most people are with one party or hates the other, these two parties are what keep the government flowing and functioning the way it should.  Image

The topical debate of whether or not we need a third political party was defiantly my favorite thing that we did this year.  While it was not the traditional way of learning I feel this may be one of the things that I learned the most from.  This activity was also helpful in understanding what the parties stand for and their main functions for the country.  I enjoyed this activity very much and now have a great understanding on why the two political parties for the United States is perfect.

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  1. May 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hunter, great job! I really enjoyed you description of the history of the third parties. If I could give a little tidbit of advice, I would suggest using your voice and give an opinion about third parties to satisfy the rubric. Other than that, great job!

  2. ryanr13
    May 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hunter, your use of graphics is great in this post and it’s great in regard to reflecting on the class itself, or more specifically how you enjoyed what we learned. However, I think you would be better off if you added a little more analysis here and there about what a third party is. This, and also I think you could explain your standpoint on how you feel about a third party. I’m not saying you should type 2 or 3 more paragraphs, but just give a tad more insight. Other than that, great blog post.

  3. coleb127
    May 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hunter, really good post in my opinion. Your pictures go great with the flow and topics of your blog. You gave really interesting insight on your topic and very interesting facts about a 3rd party. I would say you could explain more about a third party but otherwise very good.

  4. May 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Nicely done, Hunter! Three thoughts:

    1) Because I’m curious, I’d love for you to clarify what you mean when you write: “Most of the third parties specify on certain beliefs but share most of their beliefs with one of the major parties” (paragraph 3)…

    2) about.com?!? Your sources are tad thin!

    3) I agree with some of your classmates – you wrote a little about why you don’t favor 3rd parties; however, I wish you had done MORE!!

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