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Why We Need an Independent Third Party in America… And Now!

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American politics is about to change. Not because of Donald Trump, per se, or Bernie Sanders. It’s about to change because Americans are fed up with decades of division, discord, and political paralysis that promise only to get worse in the years to come, no matter who gets elected president this time around.

The rules and procedures that determine how we nominate and elect candidates for federal office absolutely guarantee that the fighting will continue, and even escalate. In fact, the present system actually rewards elected leaders if they don’t work together! They quickly learn that if they do choose to “collaborate” with the other side, they have a good chance of getting voted out of office the next time around. That’s how it works today!

Some people say our leaders only reflect the division that exists in our nation. That’s true, but the political system has contributed mightily to making that far worse, continually stoking the fears and differences of the electorate into a fever pitch for political gain.

This year’s presidential election promises to be one of the most bitter and divisive in our history. What do you think will happen when it’s all over? Do you really believe the parties will suddenly start getting along? Think about it. Two seconds after the victor takes the Oath of Office, the party that loses will start working toward undercutting them and will try to win the next election. You’ll be able to hear the bell. Ding! Round one!

Forget about fixing the real problems in the nation. We get to look forward to another four years of bitter in-fighting, government shutdowns, dysfunctional leadership, deeper division and growing hatred between Americans who can’t count on their leaders or institutions to bring them together.

So no matter who wins the election, the nation is still going to lose!

When citizens lose confidence in the ability of their leaders to help them in difficult times, out of desperation they can turn to very dangerous alternatives.
We need and deserve better. We are dealing with historic challenges now, driven by the extraordinary pace of technology, a cultural revolution, the threat of terrorism, dramatic climate change, and globalization of our economy, to name just a few extraordinary issues that demand our urgent attention. We desperately need our government to work.

If we can’t find ways to bridge our deep partisan divide, and get on with the business of running the country, we will continue to stagnate at home, and our standing as a world leader will be in jeopardy, if it isn’t already.

Worst case, we risk destroying our country, one fight at a time. The anger voters feel today is just the beginning. If nothing changes, it will boil over eventually in ways we can’t easily control. You can see clear signs of that already. And history shows that when citizens lose confidence in the ability of their leaders to help them in difficult times, out of desperation they can turn to very dangerous alternatives.

We have to begin making changes in our system that will enable this nation to govern itself once again.

So what’s the first step?

Well, we certainly can’t look to either major party for the reforms we need. They are too vested in the way things are right now, a system which preserves their power, protects entrenched incumbents, and allows the wealthiest 1% of Americans to continue to exert unfair influence over candidates and elections. There’s no way they’ll champion new rules that will weaken their duopoly.

If real systemic change is going to happen, it’ll have to come from an independent third party, one committed to giving government back to the people.

Americans are ready for it. They know the system is broken. That’s why sixty percent now say a new political party is necessary to break the logjam in governance. And those who call themselves “independents” today represent the largest “party” of all — 43% — compared to those who identify themselves as Democrats (30%) and Republicans (26%).

It won’t be easy and it will take time. The two-party system is deeply rooted. But we can make a difference if we begin now, pursuing reforms on a state-by-state, grassroots level. That will gradually clear the way for more nonpartisan candidates to get nominated and elected, and allow them, once in office, to put the best interests of the nation first and work with their colleagues to get things done.

If you share these concerns or would like to learn more, I’d like to invite you to join our Facebook discussion group set up to explore the third party alternative. We welcome your participation and ideas.

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Kenneth Johnson
Kenneth Johnson

How about the parliamentary system.The two major parties are already more or less permanent coalitions of various special interest.

Mavis Erikson
Mavis Erikson

Not only did FDR win a contested convention, but it could be argued that he saved the US from the Great Depression. He was also the reason they had to put in term limits, because people elected him FOUR TIMES. Bernie is the closest thing we've had to FDR since FDR. WE NEED HIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!! #feelthebern #birdiesanders #berniesanders2016 #stillsanders #occupydncconvention

Ralph Leon Bankston
Ralph Leon Bankston

I agree, that is why I am all in for DONALD TRUMP! He is the closest person in many years to come along and unite this country across political and racial boundaries!

Susan Hogan
Susan Hogan

We need a new president. Not a purveyer of unicorns or an estsblishment type, but a businessman man who can balance a budget.

Lloyd Essmann
Lloyd Essmann

No we don't we just need to have new leadetship

Patrick Fontenot
Patrick Fontenot

Yeah but no made up of the pissed off established conservatives.

Harold Wentland
Harold Wentland

No third party!!!!\U0001f621If that be the case,do away with primaries.

Edna Dixon
Edna Dixon

Go back to in God we trust and constitution and Ten Commandments and gods laws carried out

Mariano Loo
Mariano Loo

America First, We The People in general election November/08/2016 Vote for Trump capacity & honesty & independent voice of the people next US president # 45, must sworn in 01/20/17: The constitution is written document that protects freedom of religion and belief, the first and second amendment to banned a Muslim book Koran with sharia rule of hate and crime and mosques Trojan, which serve as a center for training that was used in the terrorist Muslim attacks the 09/11/2001 and last terrorist Muslim attack in San Bernardino. It's the law of laws. Similarly, the values and republican principles that all are equal before the law, inserted in our constitution that founded our republic united states, it banned to elite "socialist conservative" and "liberal communist" now with unconstitutional bipartisan agreements have kidnapped the congress, judicial and executive and leaving out the constitutional political control operated at a democracy that is the "check and balance", which systematically since the assassination of JFK that present speaker Raul Ryan (demoniac) have turned off the opening of impeachment against current dictator Obama that with executive decree violated his oath to office violating the constitution, and creating unconstitutional rights, willful judicial resolutions and executive orders to destroy democracy, democratic institutional life and the American dream and life project of the citizen. Urge NAFTA has to be declared invalid in response to the written text of the constitution that banned any act of treason against the national treasury and against US workers who evening to morning lost their places of work to movers the production plant USA to Mexico and Canada with the aim of evading taxes illicit entering their production to US territory without paying tax tariff. It's the law of laws. Get up Nov/08/2016 to Vote for TRUMP, America First !!! Impunity of official corruption: See done absurdist and corruptive fees for speaking Clinton & Bush for fraud tax evasion and treason, easy system theft of funds for basic public services, public schools and veterans, as makes unconstitutional presidential libraries are another cult of personality and monument to impunity for citizens who were presidents, that has destroyed the democracy an our country : http://conservativeamerica-online.com/.../hillaryspeeches... America First, We The People in general election November/08/2016 Vote for Donald J Trump !!!

Jai Bourgerie
Jai Bourgerie

Yes it's time. Corruption is defining our political system and it's time to give the people a voice.

John McCammon
John McCammon

Idk if we need someone in the middle I think if we have to have parties we need a dozen so that they aren't each monolithic and have to work together on common goals

John Oliff
John Oliff

Wrong. The problem is that the parties have too much power. Adding a third party with too much power doesn't help.

Steve Baeli
Steve Baeli

What we need are independent candidates, not independent parties. The party system has proven itself to be dangerous to our freedoms

Christopher J. Palmer
Christopher J. Palmer

If you would just open your eyes you would realize that you won't find anyone more independent than Donald Trump. He has no one he needs to answer to except the American people.

Erik Rydberg
Erik Rydberg

Look up Teddy Roosevelt. He formed the Progressive Party and scared the delegates into flipping for him and won. Look up FDR winning the contested convention. He did not have the most votes and still won. Bernie has already won and the reason is because of Voter Registration Statistics. 26%Republican, 30%Democrat and 43%Independent. Here's 30,000 people I was with last night in Sacramento to prove it. They're are not all democrats. https://youtu.be/VC2gFWs67Jg

Brett Brown
Brett Brown

Washington crosses the River in the dead of night and winter, thinks to himself: I'm never going to Win this way. "Lets go home boys,."

Trank Lomeli
Trank Lomeli

"In a typical election, both corrupt political parties diligently work to ensure that the American public has no real choice, and they are almost always successful. With the clueless citizenry being forced to choose between one corporatist puppet, banker bailout supporting, war mongering, civil liberties destroying sociopath or anothe, people generally end up voting based on wedge issues such a abortion or guns, and the road to serfdom marches onward. That’s how pretty much all elections during my lifetime have operated. 2016 presents a bit of a dilemma in this regard. While Donald Trump may end up falling perfectly in line as a good status quo stooge, he might not. It’s this risk that is leading many “Republicans” to support the neocon, Wall Street puppet Hillary Clinton. She is the sure thing. You don’t have to be politically astute to understand what this proves. That that two party system is a joke, a sham, a diversion to keep the public fighting over wedge issues while “elite” criminals from both parties rape and pillage the American public. If that’s the only lesson we draw from 2016, that’s good enough." http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/05/hillary-consolidates-wall-street-support-republican-financiers-shift-clinton.html

Fernanda Lugaro
Fernanda Lugaro

What I don't understand is why some people feel the need to shame others for their votes. I registered Democrat just to vote for Sanders, but there is no way I will vote for Hillary. What is the problem?

Dale Lackey
Dale Lackey

Very risky, but considering what has happened to our country, I may consider it now that Trump is the 'only man standing.' I think we should fear the corruption within the 'establishment' more so than any outside threat, including a third party.

Trudy Ezell
Trudy Ezell

bernie sanders was the third party but he was smart enough to realize that he could never win that way; he is definately the independent; listen to what he says; can't mistake the compassion and ideals he feels are definately not what the other two parties run on; wake up people; he is the independent who cares about the well being of the masses

Andy Makar
Andy Makar

We might actually get one. At least one party could fracture. And they are going to nominate just the right guy for that job.

Elaine Oksner
Elaine Oksner

There are independent parties -- Libertarian, Green. Bloomberg has suggested running as a third party candidate. I'm supportingHillary.

KS Valenti
KS Valenti

Well, I'm not interested at this time.

Art Fern
Art Fern

If Trump does not win yes

Judy Duty
Judy Duty

We have independent political pates in the U.S. but the two big parties make sure that the independents are denied air time so.that Joe Public doesn't realize that there are options. Go Libertarians!

Johnny Ritchie
Johnny Ritchie

Division is the reason the 1% has the legislators in control of Congress currently. 500+ days of this Republican controlled Congress, what have they done for the common good? Hillary and ALL Blue, for legislators representing the 100%.

Larry Davis
Larry Davis

The US is an oligarchy terrorist state and not a world leader at all

Ray Lopeman
Ray Lopeman

NO NO NO BAD ENOUGH WITH TWO PARTIES

Aili McKeen
Aili McKeen

I think many states have made it nearly impossible for independent or third party candidates to get on the ballot.

Aili McKeen
Aili McKeen

I think we need a third and a fourth party in the US.

Connie Mistler Davidson
Connie Mistler Davidson

Third party runs have to be planned more than a couple of months in advance to be viable. You need to get the candidate on the ballot by the states' deadlines. The rules for that vary by state. It is a massive undertaking.

James Ferguson
James Ferguson

Guess it's time the USA steps aside and let's someone else be the world's policeman! !! W have real problems here at home that have been ignored fir way too long.

Jo Hildreth
Jo Hildreth

There has never been in US history and I do mean ever there has never ever been an independent president. An Independent candidate presence always thwart the election cycle. Offering another device when the country is already divided will not bring a solution. To Simply conclude in the most convenient words The third party won't fix what is broken in American politics

Marty Rogers Thomas
Marty Rogers Thomas

I think we need more than 2 ." parties" and independent voters should be allowed to vote in all the primary elections; we should not be forced to be required to align ourselves with one of 2 parties in order to vote.

David Reilly
David Reilly

Get rid of the parties altogether. They are of no use.

Steve Brooks
Steve Brooks

We need to quit letting the parties control our elections . No more tax payer funded closed elections! No more politicians campaigning for years. Each election cycle should be 6 months of all parties campaigns then hold a general election. If no clear winner emerges allow 3 more months of campaigning then hold another election

Mike Patrick
Mike Patrick

Please explain the term "Independent party". It sounds like an oxymoron.

Bobbie Wright
Bobbie Wright

THIS IS STUPID - ALL A 3RD. PARTY WOULD DO IS GIVE THE PRESIDENCY TO HILLARY CLINTON WHICH WOULD BE JUST ANOTHER 4 YRS. OF OBUMMER'S FAILED POLICIES WISE UP STUPID SHEEPLE BEFORE WE ALLFALL OFF THE CLIFT..

Kenneth J Conte
Kenneth J Conte

THE ONLY WAY TO COMBAT THE CORRUPT TWO PARTY SYSTEM is to establish a three party system where direct votes of the populace of each state elect their candidate for Presidential elections ???

James Woodard
James Woodard

I would settle for just one true independent; not a party, but single person that is sold out to being an independent.

James Woodard
James Woodard

Now to make it happen. Not one of the canadates now or recently runing could be considered a true independent, otherwise thay would not be under the Flag of Partisan Politics.

Asher Bob White
Asher Bob White

No, I don't agree. To move forward as a country all we need to do is elect demorats. That is progressive. The other party is conservative meaning aqccording to Webster's "no change, keep what we have; conserve it a it is."

Katie LeClair
Katie LeClair

Third? There needs to be a 4th and 5th to satisfy all the factions. Go for it.