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Thread: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Progressive86 View Post
    I think we do need a strong Third Party because it's something that'll keep the two major parties we have now honest.
    I think that the current system is set up well to exclude as much as possible the third parties so that they may perpetually be insignificant.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Canada and the UK have more three or more main political parties (with two major ones each)

    We have a voting system similar to the US ( the person with the most votes wins the district or seat)

    There really is no reason for only two political parties in the US rather then three.

    Other then the fact Americans dont like losing. People in the UK will vote for the Liberal Democrats despite that party having no chance of forming the government. The same occurs in Canada with the New Democrats, they will never likely form the government, but the do get some seats in government
    Don't use the UK as a model for a pluralistic democracy when 35% of the vote wins you 356 seats and 22% of the vote wins you 62. Now argue that this is a just representation of the will of the people.
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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Whatever I think it should be. Hmmm...

    The Blackdog Party.

    I like it!
    Sign me up!
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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    It would depend on what the 3rd party was. I think we need a moderate, centrist alternative to the democrats and republicans. I don't think we need more tea partiers.

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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    We have a ****load of political parties in the US

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States]List of political parties in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]


    But, we have to very strong ones, and a couple of up and comers. Libertarian is making strong moves. I'd like to see them with more power

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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    It would depend on what the 3rd party was. I think we need a moderate, centrist alternative to the democrats and republicans. I don't think we need more tea partiers.
    I think "moderate, centrist" is what we have with the Republocrats. Neither really push hard one way or the other. They support the status quo. We need something to shake the status quo, that will remove it so that we can push government in the proper direction...smaller and more constrained.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I think "moderate, centrist" is what we have with the Republocrats. Neither really push hard one way or the other. They support the status quo. We need something to shake the status quo, that will remove it so that we can push government in the proper direction...smaller and more constrained.
    In other words, with what you perceive to be correct. The rest of the posts indicate they also want another party so as to support what is most like themselves, but then say that the other person is wrong for advocating a third party platform that supports a different set of principles.
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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    In other words, with what you perceive to be correct.
    What I perceive to be correct is often correct.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

    Quote Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I think that the current system is set up well to exclude as much as possible the third parties so that they may perpetually be insignificant.
    You dont think third parties sending up candidates like Smoky McPot for senator has anything to do with their own marginalization do you?

    Believe me...thats the source of my frustration with the Libertarian party.

    If you ask MOST people, they espouse libertarian ideals and values. So why cant the libertarians get people elected? Hell...we even have one avowed socialist in congress that caucuses with the democrats.

    The reason is simply...the libertarians hitch their ponies to idiotic and fringe ideals like legalization of drugs as a primary party platform.

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    Re: What do you think of a Third Party in the United States?

    I don't buy into that notion.

    Anyhow,

    I subscribe to the belief that some competition is good, but if one demands a great amount of competition from numerous entities, the political pool would be far too influenced by one minority player, whom the others do not agree with. Consensus would be a key problem, and unity would also be a problem.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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