I have concluded that many, if not most, people who speak and/or write about the political party system in the United States have little, if any, real knowledge of the various political party systems that have existed in the United States. It is my opinion that those who criticize the American political party system should do so from a perspective of knowledge rather than a perspective of ignorance. Consequently, I am recommending four articles from Wikipedia to assist these people in a quest for enlightenment. If, and after, reading the four articles, maybe, just maybe, the ill-informed pundits may change their tune, and hopefully seek even more knowledge on the subject, but I doubt it on both counts.
Using your computer mouse, click on the title of each of the four following Wikipedia articles in order to open a new browser window to read the corresponding article:
First Party System
Second Party System
Third Party System
Fourth Party System