I believe it should be the latter — it’s about compromise across the board and ensuring that the largest population of interests are reasonably accommodated, even if that means their interests are only partly accommodated in exchange for the greater good. That’s likely not going to happen through majority rule (because our 2-party system has evolved to …
Agreed. But that has not been the M.O. of the Republican party since Goldwater.
Based on gerrymandering, voter suppression, wedge issues, refusing to censure the hate speech of extremists, and so many other undemocratic tactics, their agenda has been to maximize the number of disenfranchised people.
In a multicultural society, having the greatest number of people participate in voting and getting their voices heard minimizes the chance of demagogues and extremists gaining power.
The two party system has a lot of problems, and I agree that other ideas may be better, such as ranked choice voting:
One last note, in response to your assertion that “50% of us are pissed always pissed off” because the other party is in power.
Out of a country of over 319 million, with 200 million registered voters, so far 123 million have voted (Clinton’s margin is now over 1,000,000 votes). That means almost 200 million people are not part of the process.
For this election, it’s more like 19.4% are unhappy, 19.1% are happy, and the other 61.5% have no voice or choose not to vote. Of that group, I would think it’s safe to say that the most vulnerable members of our society would not favor a Republican party that wants to cut the aid which helps them get education, health care, food and shelter. That’s not to say they’re happy when Democrats control government — they’re still suffering.
But it’s an overstatement to say that 50% of the country is pissed at any one time, because that implies that 50% of the country is conservative. As I wrote previously, just look at any national poll about the biggest issues and you will see that a large majority of the American people (60–70% depending on the issue) stands in complete opposition to the Republican platform.