Since the origins of the first constitutional convention calling for the alteration of the constitution, through our American history we have seen the rise of the two party system. Initially however not officially through the opposition of the ratification of the new constitution, we saw the first true political “schism” in the debate of the constitution’s ratification. Creating the birth of Federalist and Anti-Federalist movement. With the simple contrasting beliefs such as the opposition to a strong centralized government (Anti-Federalists) came the growth of those others which we still fight for or against today. However we can call such divisions within our history the baby steps onto to what would become a "natural" phenomena of the two party system. While not during Washington’s first election but not limited to his re-election, within the sidelines of his presidency some tension between Jefferson and Hamilton began to arise. The beginning of the “butting heads” of Federalists v. Republicans and leading to the eventually unfolding what would be the Republicans v. Democrats. Through the power placed within America’s traditional two party system, unlike many countries they are able to keep the equilibrium or a control of their political peoples and voters to be better able to transact new policies and reforms while still keeping each other at a check.
For years there were appearances of new parties beyond the horizon and even now there still are, but due to the their running history and concentration the Democratic and Republican parties hold the true grip on anything that stands in their way of victory. Throughout our history there have been a lot of close runner ups, one of my favorites being the Populist party, a southern oriented party with an opposition to the higher class. However much like all third party politics this one was short lived. Still much like today there have been times when the candidates of other opposing parties have stuck with the public and allowing a break within our usual pattern.
In the likelihood of a new apparition of an opposing party or parties, I believe like those countries with multi-party politics the structure of our political system would crumble over the coming of the years or at least lose the interest and devotion of an increasingly large amount of people. We the people have spent centuries trying to establish and honor the the traditions passed down in history since the founding fathers, and we the youth spent years trying to understand the structure of its political system so that we can fully and actively participate in it. In the creation of a third or even fourth party with as great polarization (and power) as the Democratic and Republican parties, this would create not only a great confusion and struggle for the country's citizens but also a even greater division within its people.
Born a mexican citizen and now a living american, I have history and remain knowledgeable in the party...