The crucial characteristic of any voting system should be that it accurately voices the will of the people. Current systems of voting in the USA and elsewhere do a suprisingly poor job at this. There's no conspiracy at work here - the flaws in our voting system are fundamental, and, as I will show, lead inevitably to more extreme and partisan officeholders than we the people would actually prefer.
Fortunately, there is a fix - it's called range voting. Range voting is a simple and fair voting system that doesn't suffer the problems of cynical/strategic voting and the "Arrow's Impossibility Theorem" paradoxes of other voting systems.
~ For a superb introduction to and explanation of range voting, click this link.
~ For a good article about our current 2 party system, different voting systems including range voting, and other refereshing topics, click here.