Many times terms are used interchangeably in politics when referring to supporters and opposers of issues. This the left, or Democrats, and the right, or Republicans. Even these two words are split up into many synonyms such as conversative, liberal, socialist, nationlist, etc. This originated during the French Revolution. Supporters of the king and the church stood to the right of the assembly and supporters of the revolution stood to the left. Of course, splitting up politics into two parties excludes the large number of people who don't give a shit, but these are typically considered centrists or moderates.
The biggest concern I have with this viewpoint is that it excludes the many other political parties that are mostly ignored during elections. While two parties have dominated politics for over a century and every president has been either Democrat or Republican, except for one Whig, there's a lot of other political parties that exist as well. Even though most don't win a vast majority of the votes they take away potential votes to a candidate and they can end up asking for voters to choose their preferred candidate when they drop out of the race.
Unfortunately, King Louis XVI's court wasn't arranged in the above fashion, to include all major political parties and a few others. Now journalists and political pundits alike can correctly refer to people supporting all seven of these parties when discussing an issue, following this convenient political model.
- Democrats - on the left
- Republicans - on the right
- Green Party - on the transversal
- Libertarian - on the upper parallel line, or upper base of the trapezoid
- Independents - on the lower parallel line, or the lower base of the trapezoid
- Constitution Party - on the circumference of the circle
- Pirate Party - on the radius
(I know that the pirate party is not a major political party, but I included it anyway because pirates are pretty fun.)