(which to me is the Democratic Party on steriods.), The Peace and Freedom Party and the list goes on. However, when you ask most people about the third party candidates, you often hear one familiar refrain-“voting for a third party is a waste of a vote because a third party can never win.”
Good thing no one told Abraham Lincoln that back in 1860, when he was running on a third party ticket, the newly formed Republican Party for the Presidency. Maybe they did but he just didnt’ listen. Maybe he had more faith in his party, more faith in his capabilities as a lawyer, a Congressman and future president and definitely more faith in the American people not to get sidetracked by Whigs telling him he didn’t stand a chance!
The Republican Party went from a lowly third party to being not only a major party but giving us the most Presidents out of any party! There are some really good parties out there, all it takes is stop the defeatist attitude that voting for a third party always means certain death and start searching out parties that truly reflect your values. If you are a crazed communist bent on world domination and global socialism. Then maybe the Democratic Party is for you after all. For the rest of us, it is time we fight the two party system and start electing people that are truly “representative” of us and our beliefs.
Are third parties viable? Only if we make them viable. Only if we stop thinking we have to take this broken system and continue using it. Of course, third parties will continue to lose if we don’t back them. But as the Republican Party has shown us, third parties are not doomed to be third parties forever and it is time that the American people to show the politicians who really is in charge! It is through times of adversity that greatness is revealed, not success. In order to gain back our liberties, we need to stand against the Whigs and Democrats of today!
I think since the days of Lincoln, slavery and Confederacy has there never been so great a need for a third party in this country. Status quo has never achieved anything worthwhile, so it is time we revolt against it and show these modern politicians what “We the People” really means! The more people are willing to leave the failing two parties, the more they will have to work to retain our vote. Don’t think it is time they start working for us again people?
- Libertarian Party Loses its Principles and Becomes Irrelevant (blogcritics.org)
- Minor-party hopefuls crowding onto ballots (dispatch.com)
- MD Green Party Calls for Non-Discriminatory Governor Debates (wilderside.wordpress.com)
- Large Majority of Americans Thinks Country Needs Viable Third Party (elections.firedoglake.com)
- Lee Stranahan: Is America About To Reach A Third Party Tipping Point? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Third-party bid shakes up Minn. race – Seattle Post Intelligencer (news.google.com)
- Red State Uprising: The cure for Republican pseudo-socialists (michellemalkin.com)