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  • The Libertarian Party

    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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    While the current answer is none because of how the system has become rigged, in general your analysis is incorrect. The electoral system will preferentially select as stable two major parties. That is to say there would be no third parties, or political competition, or an ability to replace one of the major parties with a different party should the case arise. While we are stable at 2 major parties, there is nothing innate to the system as it was originally designed to say that we would always have to have the SAME 2 parties. Before the system was rigged against political competition, it was possible to have third parties in the wings and if necessary replace a major party with one.
    Actually, I think the Republican and Democratic parties will adapt to any third-party challengers by absorbing them.

    That is I think it is much more likely for the Republican Party to consume members of the Libertarian Party within it than for the Libertarian Party to ever supplant and overtake the Republican Party.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smart View Post
    In your opinion, what minor party has the best chance of becoming a major party nationwide or in at least three states?

    I believe that honor belongs to the Libertarian Party, largely because the Justice and Green parties haven't been very successful in recruiting Democrats to their parties.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Libertarian by far.


    The Green Party in the US is a mess. Just take a look at Jill Stein's (the GP presidential candidate) views. She supports paying unemployed people $20,000 a year as a "living wage". And how would that be paid for? Tax increases. She is just so disconnected from reality.

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

    Candidates arrested at debate

    Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party and David Cobb of the Green Party were protesting their exclusion from the debate between President Bush and Democratic Party nominee John Kerry.
    Just as the debate began, the two candidates purposely crossed a police barricade and were arrested.
    Obviously, the system is rigged. For that reason alone more people should put on their big boy pants, stop cowering in incumbent fear, quit retreating to mommy's teat, and vote for a 3rd party.
    Assuming they feel that a 3rd party would best represent and serve the country, in their view, of course.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kr1ll1n View Post
    Candidates arrested at debate



    Obviously, the system is rigged. For that reason alone more people should put on their big boy pants, stop cowering in incumbent fear, quit retreating to mommy's teat, and vote for a 3rd party.
    Forgot to mention;

    Normally, both parties maintain ballot access in all 50 states. Why were they excluded, again?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by duhu View Post
    By articulate I mean someone who can actually convince the masses that they are the best choice. Someone like Reagan. Or Slick Willy. Or heck even Obama in 2008.
    The thing about that is, they need a podium. Have you even heard the current Libertarian nominee? He may be as articulate as any of them, but how would we know?
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    The thing about that is, they need a podium. Have you even heard the current Libertarian nominee? He may be as articulate as any of them, but how would we know?
    I have, for obvious reasons. Gary is on TV sometimes (Stossel, Stewart, etc), so he's had chances to capture audiences. If enough people wanted him to debate, he'd have been there.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    This should be a gimme - a piece of cake - a foregone conclusion - a no brainer. It should be the Libertarian Party in a romp but it is not. If everybody claiming to be a libertarian actually was a libertarian and they put as much effort into working for the party a they do posing on websites like this one, the Libertarian Party could be a solid third party. If everyone claiming to be a libertarian rejected the Republican Party and denied them their vote and support at election time and was willing to let them lose and then die so that the Libertarian Party could rise in time as the GOP dies out the loser- they would have something.

    But all self proclaimed libertarians are not in the Libertarian Party.
    Far too many self proclaimed libertarians are really Republicans.
    Far too many self proclaimed libertarians care nothing for doing the actual grunt work of building a party.
    Far too many self proclaimed libertarians will not stand by and see the hated Democrats win elections when they themselves deny the GOP a few percentage of the vote and tip elections to the Dems.

    So its the two party system and the libertarians are merely a pimple on the ass of the body politic that is more of a minor irritation than anything else.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    But all self proclaimed libertarians are not in the Libertarian Party.
    I am a self proclaimed libertarian, and I am in the LP. I campaign for and donate to them when I can, and I refuse to vote for the Republocrats. This is the only way through which our system works.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I am a self proclaimed libertarian, and I am in the LP. I campaign for and donate to them when I can, and I refuse to vote for the Republocrats. This is the only way through which our system works.
    Glad to hear you follow through on your convictions.
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