Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.
If both parties are at a point where they are virtually indistinguishable to the electorate, tone deaf, sclerotic and hopelessly irreformable, then perhaps it´s time to consider a third party.
One the other hand (there is always another hand to the point you have multi-armed Vishnu, BTW) third parties historically never work in the US. Bull Moose and Reform parties, for example, were borne out of populist outrage of the time. They gain traction initially, adversely impact general elections and then lose their appeal.
If a third party does win a sizable amount of seats in Congress, you´ll just end up with a coalition government. Ask any Latin American, sub-Saharan and club Med European country how stable their governments are with that arrangement.
Frankly I wish I had a solution, particularly on the disconnect between a party´s base and it´s establishment (read: Republican). Perhaps a ´period in the wilderness´ will trigger some honest soul searching and true reform from within.
RINO Republicans and what little is left of the tiny minority of fuzzy-thinking liberal Democrats are now just a bunch of sold-out Republocrats, doing the business of those who bought them. The rest of the Democrat party consists of socialist/communist/muslim infiltrators, the virus running amok in its host. The rest of the Republican party is being consumed by the battle between the fair weather conservatives ala Ryan and Cantor who talk a good game but in the end maneuver to sell us all out for amnestied foreign labor for those who bought them, and true conservative patriots like Cruz who are afraid (in my opinion rightly so) to take a leap of faith by forming a Conservative Party, for fear there will be nothing to prevent them tumbling into the abyss.
So ... the Democrat party has morphed into the Socialist Muslim Brotherhood Party, and we can all now clearly see the future THEY have in mind for us. The only way to effectively counter the totalitarian cancer that has been unleashed on America is for the Republican Party to morph into the Conservative Party.
Therefore the battle rages on for the reigns of the Republican party. Again, in my opinion, it is a battle which MUST be fought and MUST be won by the conservative American patriots (read Tea Party), who are all that stand in the way of America´s demise and a new Dark Age. Yeah. It´s THAT important.
Nope! The rabble rousing media spin is that a small group of Tea Party members have captured the majority of the House. That´s not quite accurate because a review of the 16 votes taken since the ´crisis´ shows the GOP members totally support the current House maneuvers. But if one accepts the media spin, wouldn´t that mean that the Tea Party is succeeding from within the Party apparatus and is expanding its control ofver the GOP? The Dims would like us to split into factions so they would have more VA governors races, D with the plurality, R close behind, and Independent/Libertarian/or new party siphoning off 10% from the R...don´t go for the rope-a-dope, instead of taking over your county and state GOP committees...
Freedom is worth fighting for. A party split is an open invitation for the Leftists to gain complete control, so that´s no option. The only viable option to to take back the GOP from the Democrat-Lites that have moved it to the left.
People like McCain and Graham should stop lying to the American people and switch to the party with who they most identify-on the other side of the aisle. This charade needs to end. If true conservatives cannot gain a voice in this government and control of a party, obama´s goal of destruction will be realized.
The Democrats would love for there to be a so-called Third Party. As then they would have split the Republican Party in two, a political situation that would result in the Democrats always winning future national elections.
Come on guys, this is old and getting tired of hearing it. Anyone wanting a third party isn´t doing their homework.
No one in the Democrat party is interested in leaving their party. They share core values of big government, abortion on demand, illegal aliens, legalizing drugs, gay rights. None of them want to jump ship.
The Republican party is splintered; some want big government, illegal aliens, and the libertarian-leaning ones want legalized drugs. The true Conservative elements want small government, control of borders, etc.
So the bottom line, a third party would simply be a split of Republicans, further diminishing their role.
Of course the Leftist Gallup organization would create a poll that states this.
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