Liliaeth (liliaeth) wrote,

My name's Lore and I'm a socialist.
I'm a member of the socialist union.
I vote socialist and I like many of their ideas.
Yet I'm not a communist (many great ideas, bad execution of those ideas, don't start me on it, I like politics too much ;-) )

I had to go in to vote this morning and it left me wondering about the differences between the Belgian system and the American one. And especially, which of the two is best. Cause honestly I don't know at times...

Overhere you have at the very least nine parties in a region (if not more), most of which have a chance of at least getting some form of representation when it comes down to it. Hell, it's not like the opposition is really ever quiet

The government here often works through compromises, parties forming coalitions and then working together in order to get the majority. This is often not a bad thing, cause it means that you get several different viewpoints working together on things.
Though, I guess, for some people it might also mean that they give in on their own ideas and are forced to compromise to begin with.
For some reason I've never seen that as a bad thing... after all, there's nothing worse than fanatics...

Anyway, this often used to mean that the former CVP(currently CD&V) would work together with the former SP (now SPA). For the record, the first one is the christian folkparty, (probably the largest politic party in Belgium, well it used to be at least), the second one is the Socialist party (not to be confused with the communist party which is the PVDA). SP is also one of the biggest parties. Sometimes one of those two would go in coalition with the VLD (the liberal party) as well. Well until the last two national elections when the VLD got major votes due to the situation at the time, ending us up with a liberal prime minister ;-)

And in case all this is driving you as insane as it is me, there's also het Vlaams Blok (racist national party) which unfortunately is getting way to much of the votes, causing the parties to form even more coalitions. Or that second offshoot of the old SP, that I can't seem to remember the name for at the second...

So yeah, with all that confusion, it has me thinking about the American system, where you got two main parties. Democrate and Conservative. (of course I could be entirely wrong, and there could be much much more political parties when the presidential elections aren't involved.)

The weird thing to me though is that even though you only have two parties, who most of the time aren't forced to work together, that are still way more similar than a lot of our smaller parties.
Are there many differences that I'm missing?
Can anyone explain the American system to me?

Just wondering and trying to stay distracted from the Visual Basic I'm supposed to be studying ;-)

End of ramble


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