Towards the end of 2010 radio shows and TV shows hosts asked: where is the next third party? When are we going to see another party go against the Republicans and Democrats? I do not understand these questions, because there are many third parties in our nation.
From the Green Party to the Constitution Party, to the Socialist Party and the Libertarian Party, plus everything in between. These organizations have been in existence for decades, if not centuries, however the major media outlets have failed to properly expose them. None of the media sources have brought in the rank-and-file of these organizations into their respective studios to talk about the issues. Day in and day out, you see nothing but the same two major party voices preaching on what is going on, and how to solve the issues at hand.
Why not bring in someone on-air like Rich Whitney of the Green Party, who in 2006 received 10.7% of the general election vote in the Illinois Gubernatorial race? It was the first time a third party has done so well in Illinois in over 40 years.
The Daily Cape Cod, a blog site for those living in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, mentioned the following:
“We need a third party. We already have a progressive party that is up and running, but something new is needed on the progressive side. We need a progressive party that will move forward at a pace both acceptable to conservatives and liberals.”
Hello, it is called the Green Party. The Greens are liberal on the social issues, and conservative on the fiscal issues. For example, the Green Party wants to repeal No Child Left Behind, and wants single-payer universal health care. On fiscal issues, the Greens want to cut line-by-line in order to eliminate wasteful spending.
Another example is the Libertarians back in 2004. When George W. Bush was seeking re-election for the presidency, there were rumors that the Libertarians could cost him his job. Don Devine, Vice-Chairmen of the American Conservative Union and GOP insider, said the following:
“I think [the Bush campaign] should be concerned. I don’t know how concerned…They need to work on it and I think they know they need to work on it.”
So why are third parties not prevailing like they should be?
Not only media, but several organizations in communities do not allow third parties to participate in events, including candidate forums, endorsement interviews, debates, and the like.
On the federal campaign level many third party candidates get left out from the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates. Most of the time, third party candidate have their own debate, which is not televised. At the state level, many third party campaign get left out of forums, endorsement interviews, and get left out from the press.
The simplistic response to all of this would be, “A third party can never succeed in a election”. How did we lose track of our American Political History?
I recall a man that was well known in his community, and was also a respected lawyer. He managed to get elected to office at the state level. He was then approach by a third party to ask him if he would run for president. The man had never thought about higher office, but after talking with his advisers and family, he took up the challenge and began campaign across the country. Where ever he went, the two major parties would criticize him and the party he was affiliated with. After much campaigning in 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States as a Republican.
Yes, the Republican Party was the third party, during the time period when Whigs and Democrats were the two major establishment parties.
Another example is the Socialist Party from 1920-1940. The Socialist Party held a strong base in Milwaukee, WI. Frank Zeidler was the longest serving Socialist Mayor Milwaukee had. Thanks to Mayor Zeidler he brought in mass transit, better sanitation, annexed the city of Milwaukee for tax purposes and offered services, and much more.
So for all of those in the media who asking where is the next third party, do some research. Google and learn about parties like the Green Party, Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Look further and find other parties that are out in the political fray trying to get heard. There are third parties out there, you just need to do more searching.
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Ha...not sure about that but I would like to work on Third Party Campaign and then helping bring the Change this Country so dearly needs. Please see "Change" on http://livecalif.com
Either the removal of parites or third party similar to the one Ross Perot started would be good. I like the idea of abolishing parties though.
NO NO NO! No parties! We need nonpartisan elections! Stop asking what the next big third party is going to be! JEEZ!
Two words: Labor Party. Too many working stiffs out here who are tired of being treated like cheap-labor serfs, seeing their jobs, wages, any benefits, health plans, retirement plans either dry up or go off-shore--time all of us stood up and said something about it...
We urgently need to agree on something. Contact potential candidates that we might agree on. Even try to draft the one we want, should that person be hesitant. The nation at large needs to know that, this isn't a fringe movement or a passing fad.
A third party candidate at this late stage would need positive name recognition. This person must be able to capture the hearts and dying hope of the rank and file, around this nation.
We've pretty much agreed thus far, to have no one leader as we are all masters of our own lives (more or less). I'm convinced however, that we must agree upon a third party candidate. No president can change the world by himself, but we're cutting off our nose in spite of our face. Some want Ron Paul but, many have seen page two of his platform.
The problem lies in trying to appease all parties[people]involved.Most Americans forget that the founding fathers were almost all Episcopalians and were trying to leave religion out of politics.
For starters, we can elect someone who doesn't care about petty party squabbling, someone like Ron Paul or Gary Johnson.
Americans Elect has created a platform for an Independent ticket to side step the ballot-access barrier. And that's not a mild statement. But there's still the wasted vote fear inherent with Plurality Voting. This gives me the impression that, at best, the AE ticket will have a run like John B. Anderson or Perot.
And more, there is an issue with AE selecting a Centrist. A Centrist, virtually by definition, is the most preferable candidate. But a good Centrist candidate under Plurality gets squeezed out when it has competitors on either side. This can be visualized more clearly here (http://tinyurl.com/6n6kd6) and here (http://tinyurl.com/82ajntv). It's hard to say if a partisan candidate would help them any more. The voting method they use for their nomination is likely what will determine the partisan nature of their candidate.
Nice post. With growing resentment against the two-party system, something new is bound to come up and succeed. As a CA Green, I advocate using the PROCESS set up by Americans Elect. Its NOT a party, but a way of gaining ballot access in all 50 states. Forget all the negativity you've heard in the past. Its going into a new phase - it is offering a $30M asset to any group that can get organized enough to take it. Really - $30M! Read this to learn more:
“Death to the Two-Party System!”
There's no doubt that third parties exist in the US. But I don't think mere existence is enough for the media to start feeling any obligations for their inclusion. And that stems from the artificially low support that occurs when voters feel that they waste their vote.
And not only do media not cover these candidates, as you point out, but groups like some local League of Women Voter chapters have done the same. They too have used the arbitrary 15% threshold for debates (http://tinyurl.com/kglb7). Do you think anecdotes from centuries past will be enough to change the current environment? I fear the obstacles have only gotten worse.