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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Since 2007 Gallup polls have shown that a majority of Americans want a strong third party.

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How different would things be in the U.S. now (Iran, China, immigration, trade, foreign policy, executive power, impeachment, ...) if we had a strong third party?

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Our system isn't designed to encourage a third party so all third parties do, under our current election system, is reward one of the two major parties victory and usually it is the one which would have lost in a race between only the two major parties. I'm fine with changing our system to encourage third parties but until we do we have the system we have and no third party candidate has ever been elected President Quite a few have tried, including Teddy Roosevelt, but none have won and they did pull votes away from the candidate who would have won had they not run as a third party candidate thereby rewarding the candidate who would have lost had they not run as third party candidates. Bill Clinton, for one, benefited from that phenomenon in 1992 when Ross Perot ran third party pulling votes away from George H.W. Bush. Ralph Nader did it again in 2000, pulling votes away from Al Gore.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-05 09:52 AM | Reply

Abe Lincoln was a third party candidate winner.

#2 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-01-05 10:04 AM | Reply

Seems to me that many (most?) Posters here would prefer a one party system.

#3 | Posted by Charliecharles at 2020-01-05 02:41 PM | Reply

#3

Too true.

We are the only first world democracy with a 2 party system, clinging to it despatarately. Because if you aren't a Democrat you must be a Russian. We only need 1 party.

Right, -------?

#4 | Posted by Ottodog at 2020-01-05 04:17 PM | Reply

"Abe Lincoln was a third party candidate winner."

OK, if you want to say a Republican was a third party candidate.

"We are the only first world democracy with a 2 party system, clinging to it despatarately."

Describing the factual situation with our Constitution is not clinging to anything "desperately." Americans have always been very conservative when it comes to amending the Constitution but that is what it would take to make third party candidates viable and also allow the American people to have more than two choices. There are systems already invented we could use, a run off between the two candidates who get the most votes is one. There are other options. Thing is it will not change itself. For years now I have been following the progress of the Amendment to end corporate personhood, it's a long, tough slog.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-06 06:46 AM | Reply

Lord, Gawd, yes. The answer is a hearty yes. Frankly, why stop at 3? Why not run a Socialist, a Democrat, a Libertarian, and a Republican? Congress has stacked the deck against third parties and only they can fix it.

#6 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-06 01:27 PM | Reply

"Describing the factual situation with our Constitution is not clinging to anything "desperately." Americans have always been very conservative when it comes to amending the Constitution but that is what it would take to make third party candidates viable and also allow the American people to have more than two choices."

What would you need to change in the constitution to allow that?

We already have candidates in office who are not members of the two parties.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-01-07 03:35 PM | Reply

"Americans have always been very conservative when it comes to amending the Constitution"

I don't agree with that at all.
The Constitution itself is what's conservative.
Far more conservative than the American people are.

Exhibit A: Electoral College
Exhibit B: GOP Voter Suppression
Exhibit C: Gerrymandering

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-07 06:05 PM | Reply

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