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Can We Shut Down the Two-Party System?
by Jon Lott
Posted February 3, 2018

time for real choicesThe recent government shutdown is only the latest manifestation of the partisan logjam gripping America, and sure not to be the last. All the political rhetoric over the past few years — ever since the rise of the Tea Party and the subsequent focus on emotions over results — has been driving us to this point, and it was obvious.

Sadly, it may have also been unavoidable.

The Republicans blame the Democrats for the government shutdown, and the Democrats blame the Republicans. After all, it’s become instinctual to shirk personal responsibility and project blame on someone else, to look anywhere but inward.

As usual, the Republicans and the Democrats are half-right. The Republicans and the Democrats bear some responsibility for the shutdown. More…