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    51 61.45%
  • The Green Party

    13 15.66%
  • The Constitution Party

    3 3.61%
  • The Justice Party

    1 1.20%
  • Other (please specify)

    15 18.07%
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    None, but not because the big two keep the others down, but because no other party really resonates with voters. Most parties are essentially the same as the main parties, with a single major difference. That difference doesn't seem to make much difference to most voters. To get a new major party, you'd need to have a party that is fundamentally different than the existing parties.

    I don't see that happening.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    None, but not because the big two keep the others down, but because no other party really resonates with voters. Most parties are essentially the same as the main parties, with a single major difference. That difference doesn't seem to make much difference to most voters. To get a new major party, you'd need to have a party that is fundamentally different than the existing parties.

    I don't see that happening.
    I disagree. While there are a lot of 'Libertarians' coming from the Republican party, if you read their platforms and literature they are fundamentally different. The problem with a 3rd party getting in is money. It has to do with what the money is supporting in some poll. Once that changes, then the narrative changes.

    I believe a lot more would be accomplished with a Libertarian/Democratic government than a GOP/Dem at this point in time. The Democrats would preserve enough social protections, while the Libertarians push for individual rights and transparent government.

    Edit - FFS both support getting out of the wars. Wouldnt it be a Democratic wet dream to bring all the boys home? Democrats would get far more use of their money supporting Libertarian candidates than they do attacking Republicans.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastIndependent View Post
    I hope not. The Republicans have made a mockery of Jefferson's party. Such a disgrace
    It stopped being Jefferson's party a loooooong time ago.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lokiate View Post
    It stopped being Jefferson's party a loooooong time ago.
    There has always been a bit of it that hasn't been shamed... until Y2K... There goes the last bit of the GOP and conservatism. Now it's some sort of radical 'Republicanism' that I assume makes Jefferson cry himself to sleep at night in his grave.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Peering in to the murky crystal ball, this is what I see....

    Sometime in the next 20 to 60 years, as the ideological/ethnic/cultural/economic cracks dividing our population widen into fissures, the Republican and Democrat parties will split. There Repubs will split off a Conservative party, the Democrats will split off a Liberal party... but they may not be called that. Voters will flock to their preferred ideology, and the Dems and Repubs, while still powerful, will no longer be able to hold majorities in and of themselves.

    Some disgusted voters will flock to existing 3rd parties. The Greens will pick up some, the CP's will pick up some, but the Libertarian party will pick up the most voters digusted with the current situation. The LP will become the "fifth wheel" in the four-party mishmash and will get to play kingmaker, dealbroker, and may have a pivotal role in siding with this side or that to pass legislation.

    That's IF they acquire the ability to compromise when necessary... if the LP remains an "all or nothing, EVERYthing right NOW" party they won't be able to parlay their pivotal position into political power.


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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lokiate View Post
    You need to brush up on history then. Political parties were rejected by the Founding Fathers, and didn't surface until the rift between Hamilton and Jefferson occurred. There was also the Era of Good Feelings in 1816-1824 where only one party existed.
    Exactly right. Washington warned us about political parties, and we seem to have ignored his warning.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    The "Green" party is just plain silly..
    The conservatives have taken over the GOP, IMO
    I 'd say, sadly, the Libertarians...strange outlook on things....maybe in the year 2112..they will be relevant..
    What we need is a reform party, which no party seems to be interested in.

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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Perhaps the interwebz will short circuit the party stranglehold on donations and master of the message.

    rather than strict party system a more fluid coalition style government will emerge. pure democracy maybe impractical but as communication decreases the need to have a representative on site in DC the layers are seen more and more as pigs at the trough doing whatever it takes to stay where manna falls not from Heaven but from K street.

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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Personally I'd like to see the constitution party take hold, but if we are asking which third party is the most viable at this time and most likely it's the libertarians who have the most momentum. In reality either party would be fine to an extent. The constitution party though would have to slowly peel back the onion and the major problem is they want immediate results, our economic and social systems unfortunately cannot sustain too rapid of a transition, that's just reality. The libertarian party has a good grasp of the constitution and wants less government, but there is a dangerous faction that swings to near anarchy and we can't have that little control over the populace, that is also a reality.

    As well, both the libertarian and constitution parties have a common problem, both of them have been claimed by the diametrically opposite ideologies of liberalism and conservatism. There are two parties claiming constitution in the name, one of them argues that the constitution swings us away from state control and the other wants nearly total state control. The libertarians are claimed by both as well.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Its not an official party in the traditional sense but if the Tea Party wanted to it could siphon off a lot of the GOP and imho the only serious potential new entry to the two party system.
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