When did it start? Or, more importantly, when did it become terminally malignant? I see platforms as the cancer of the two party system or three or more party system. The platforms are proof positive that the non elected are in control of America. Problems should be met head on, not considered with a pat, in place party LINE. Integrity is lost when our choice is party loyalist vs party loyalist instead of the best candidate. Every issue/problem/etc. should be approached bipartisanly. The two aisle seating arrangement is just plan nutso.