@mjdescy @marmanold @garciabuxton Yep, any First Past The Post Single Member District system will end up creating two parties, unless there is a strong regional base for a third. And in that region, it will end up two party as well, just with one of the national parties competing with the regional one.
So, in the States, the best thing to do is join one of the parties and push it in the direction you believe in. These days the Democrats are pretty much the only reasonable party.
Out of curiosity, what does "life affirming" mean to you?