First, I'd like to say that I was really impressed with the great discussion from last week's post. As stated in that post, the purpose wasn't to scare anyone about your future as an American adult (quickly approaching!!), but hopefully to make you aware of the reality and to get your great minds to working - for I honestly believe that there is a solution (like many of you) and that solution will have to come from your generation....I hope, for your sake, your children's sake and the future of our country.
That brings me to this week's blog topic. Let me give you some information (or insight) before I pose the actual question.
For years, the American electorate has stated that they'd like to have a PRIMARY third party to select from; a party that could take on the "old guards of democracy," - the Democrats and the Republicans. Yet, we have to ponder on the question of rather or not that is a viable and even more importantly, a realistic option? The last time that the U.S. had a distinctive choice for a 3rd party was when a candidate ran in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections - Ross Perot (oddly enough, this candidate warned about much of today's problems...). During those perspective elections he was able to obtain a combined 30 million votes!
Since then, U.S. voters have become since the rise of a number of 3rd political parties; some of them have been fairly moderate, some have been extreme and of course, others down right bizarre. As of 2012, the United States maintains five major political parties and a dozen other minor political parties (i.e., Modern Whig, Objectivists, Socialist Equality, etc.)
Yet, the question remains, would a 3rd PRIMARY party be electable? The Americans Elect (founded in 2011) has gained some traction since former Republican Louisiana governor and 2012 presidential candidate sought the party's nomination. The Libertarian Party is also gathering popularity due to Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and so has the Constitution Party.
Although millions of Americans are calling for an alternative to the established two-party system, it seems that the alternatives lack the resources, historical success and possibly the moderation that those stubborn elephants and donkeys have. Not only that, but with so much money and power the GOP and Democrats have, would a 3rd PRIMARY party have to become just as bad and powerful as the other two parties to survive?
Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota Governor once stated:
"I believe the system is so corrupt, the two parties have corupted it so bad, that any third party, in which to be successful, will likewise have to corrupt itself. If you already have a two-headed monster, lwhy would you need three?"
Undoubtedly, there is a lot to consider when thinking about this topic. Look back at history when third parties have tried to rise up (Populists, Greenback, etc) and how the two primary parties have always swallowed them up.
Therefore, this week's topic question is:
Even though millions may believe that a third party is needed, is it really a violable solution? How would this effect our current election process? Make sure you defend your point-of-view!