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Do we need a third major political party?

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 10:29 PM

Does American need a third major political party that relates to taxpayers opposed to the too big government policies we continuously get from both the Republican and Democratic parties?

I'm not talking some borderline radical party that makes some noise on one or at the most two issues, but a party dedicated to serving taxpaying Americans via good common sense values and by doing so challenge the two major political parties on a continuing basis.


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If you look at the history of our political parties, I think it's about the right time frame for a new party to show up on the horizon. After all, Abe Lincoln was a dark horse back in the 1850's.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 10:43 PM

I honestly think that if we would have had a third party in this election Ron Paul would have done so much better. He had the so much support and yet because he wasn't a part of the "big two" he didn't get much airtime from the news channels. Such a shame, because he would have made such a difference and his voting record will back that statement up.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 10:48 PM

AMEN Disturbia :):):):) But I tell ya. Unfortunately this "bi cameral" legislature is pathetic. We should have a more proportional representation of the electorate. Because I do not feel that the Democratic nor the Republicans fully represent my passions, and ferverence for issues..

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 10:59 PM

I think it is the perfect time for a third party. I think that soon the American people will demand it. I agree with Darrick that neither party represents us.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 12:15 AM

My only comment: SPITZER. Spent more money on call girls than most of us will ever net.

Both parties are made of weak-minded millionaires, even local governments.

Nelson Rockefeller died the same way, in bed with a young girl, of a heart attack.

If Ron Paul was elected, you would probably see 1963 all over again:

He knows to much.

WE need CHANGE in a big way. How do you fight BIG Money?

-- Posted by framestraight on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 12:18 AM

Am I already worn out by all the presidential primaries?

The more I hear candidates from both parties, sometimes spurred on by the media, downplaying the qualifications of their opponents or potential opponents, the more I come to believe none of them are qualified.

We have many matters confronting Americans right now and few of these matters are being directly addressed by the candidates.

Negative insinuations never solved a single problem.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 8:37 AM

Ok so you get a third party. The closest thing we have in historical terms recently was in 1992 when Ross Perot ran as a third party candidate and did well. But he split the overall vote so that Clinton was elected with less than 50% of the popular vote. Not a great way to start your presidency knowing that over half of the populace didn't think you were the best guy for the job. And guess what if you're waiting for that third party to represent all or even a majority of the people, it ain't gonna happen. If you look at third (or fourth or fifth or tenth) parties world wide, they represent a narrow faction of the population, not a plurality.

If you don't like what the candidates are saying GET INVOLVED. Start at the local level. Ask questions. Work for a candidate you believe in. BECOME that candidate. If you're waiting for a top down change to happen, grab a seat you're gonna be here for a while. The two party system works if the people participate. If they don't , well, you get what you pay for.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 8:55 AM

I don't know if a third party is the answer . . we just need candidates who understand the average American and the struggle they go through in their daily life. Politics is all about the money and who has it and unfortunately those individuals don't have to worry about gas prices or buying groceries and other everyday issues that we are faced with.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 8:58 AM

I think (I know that don't mean much at all) that we have been a 2 party country for so long people identify themselves as either Republicans or Democrats whether they agree with the person running for office or not.

I honestly think it would be best if they did away with all the parties both Republican and Democrat and actually started looking at the issues of the individual instead of what the party represents.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 12:47 PM

I agree that the 2 party system only works when people get involved, the only problem is people dont. That is why you see the 3rd parties only showing with a small percentage, because only a small percentage care. Most look at only whether a candidate is either "R" or "D" and vote the party line because there parents did or whatever. I honestly dont know what the answer is, but somethings gotta give.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 11:41 PM

Hey Tim Baker, I agree with your assessment :) Shocker right! Though, since not everybody is a true Republican and/or Democrat, there should be a third party that represents people in the middle. Honestly, I don't agree with everything the Dem's say or do, and agree with VERY few things Republican's do... SO if there was a party that could blend the two ideas sequentially, I'd be delighted. I became an advocate for a very prominent candidate, whom the media conveniently ignored. It sucks, the grassroots campaign was absolutely phenomenal, but we supported a Revolution, not a Party/Candidate. I think his success, though minimal at best, will spark unprecedented interest never before captivated by the minds of youth and people who just want to get back to basics...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Mar 15, 2008, at 12:25 PM

Darrick,

If Ron Paul is who you are speaking of then I have to agree with you. He is a true revolutionary. I wished he would have done better. The only thing I think that hurt his campaign was his views on the war and foreign policy.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Sat, Mar 15, 2008, at 11:30 PM

That's not what hurt is campaign... His largest monetary donations came from the armed forces... His campaign didn't do well, because the media doesn't publicize someone who calls them out! But, agreed... He is great!!!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Mar 15, 2008, at 11:52 PM

I couldn't resist!

*This about says it all... *

Whether Democrat or Republican, I think you'll get a kick out of this!

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, 'What is Politics?'

Dad says, 'Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

I am the head of the family, so call me The President.

Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the

Government.

We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call yo u the People.

The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class.

And your baby brother, we will call him the Future.

Now think about that and see if it makes sense.'

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check

on him.

He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper.

So the little boy goes to his parent's room and finds his mother asleep.

Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door

locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny.

He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, 'Dad, I think I

understand the concept of politics now.'

The father says, 'Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think

politics is all about.'

The little boy replies, 'The President is screwing the Working Class while

the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future

is in deep shit.

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Mar 18, 2008, at 8:54 AM

OMG, Disgusted... That is HILARIOUS!!!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Mar 18, 2008, at 6:45 PM

LOL, yep that sums it up.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Wed, Mar 19, 2008, at 11:25 PM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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