When our Founding Fathers helped create our country, they had originally attempted to set up a partyless form of government. As great as that sounds, human beings cannot help but to become polarized on issues that cause great concerns. Right or left, up or down, front or back, my way or the highway, people try everything they can to convice others that their way is the best way.
But many issues cannot be simplified to just black or white. Many things have grey areas involved. Sometimes the extremist view or solution can do much more harm than good.
Our country's true problem is that there is no other view than either the Republicans or the Democrats. Attempts by others in the past to develop a third party have failed, usually because they were taking still yet another extremist view. Ross Perot probably has come the closest since the Whigs were put out of power. He took a 'common man's' approach, even though he was no longer a common man himself, which I think is what hurt him in the end.
Even though the Democrats and the Republicans each have moderates within their ranks, the 'party line' is usually the dominating factor with most politicians. If they don't follow the party line, then they find themselves with a lot less support come time for re-elections. I think the problem most Americans have with the different party lines is that they don't agree with either policy 100%. But since there are no other viable candidates available to choose from, a person MUST select someone to vote for who probably has at least one point of view or agenda they they personally do not agree with. There is no middle ground. Many times, voting feels like a choice between the lesser of two evils.
This country needs a good, strong third party. Or 4, or even 5. The more views, the better. After all, our country's founders instituted a tri-cameral government, with equal powers, just for the purpose of the checks and balances. So that no one person or group of people could permanently take power without the people's consent.
As many problems as we have, I am so very glad that I was born in this country. When I see on the news about some third world country having yet another military coup, or some place that doesn't give all of their citizens their rights, or even a first world country having yet another change of power when the prime minister decides to resign, I am so very glad that our Founding Fathers had such foresight as to have written a flexible but powerful document such as our Constitution. Read it. You will not find anywhere in that document any wording whatsoever about the founding of a political party. It was never intended. And I personally believe we don't need them.