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Thread: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

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    Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Do you think we need more Independent/3rd party Senators and Congressmen?

    Why or why not? And if so, how many and from which parties?

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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    I think it'd be great if neoconservatism and liberalism didn't have a monopoly on American politics. I'd be more pleased with libertarian-minded ones running for office, but I'm just being biased there. =P

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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Do you think we need more Independent/3rd party Senators and Congressmen?

    Why or why not? And if so, how many and from which parties?
    I think what we need is 1) a better voting system to allow for the election of 3rd party officials ( Duverger's law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) and 2) a better system for popular initiatives so that the people can better directly affect lawmaking in this country.

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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Most of the third parties I tend to see on the ballot are either extreme right (constitutionalist, libertarian) or extreme left (green). If I could find a third party that was more centrist, I would consider it.

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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Zawisza View Post
    I think it'd be great if neoconservatism and liberalism didn't have a monopoly on American politics.
    This is basically why I'm asking. I for one am getting sick of these games the Republicans and Democrats have been playing with the American people's futures over the years. They have such conflicting views that it is difficult to agree on much. I think more independents/3rd parties would keep both parties in check. Neither party should ever have enough votes to pass what ever they want.

    I don't even care which parties get elected... Independents, Libertarians, Tea Party, Green Party,... There needs to be more diversity in Washington.

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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Most of the third parties I tend to see on the ballot are either extreme right (constitutionalist, libertarian) or extreme left (green). If I could find a third party that was more centrist, I would consider it.
    Libertarianism is actually not an extreme right political philosophy. On the 1-D scale of left/right (what you seem to be using), libertarianism is actually more in the middle of what we would currently call left/right politics.
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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I think what we need is 1) a better voting system to allow for the election of 3rd party officials ( Duverger's law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) and 2) a better system for popular initiatives so that the people can better directly affect lawmaking in this country.
    So basically a return to states rights...

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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    None of the third parties represent my beliefs as well as the democratic party, so no.
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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    None of the third parties represent my beliefs as well as the democratic party, so no.
    I'm of a similar pursuation. Except there is no party at all that fits within my beliefs. To be honest, I'll be stuck voting Republican when Democrats are in power, and voting Democrat when Republicans are in power If there was an independent that viewed things the same way I did I would vote for him, but such a politician has never come along.
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    Re: Time to vote for Independents/3rd Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Libertarianism is actually not an extreme right political philosophy. On the 1-D scale of left/right (what you seem to be using), libertarianism is actually more in the middle of what we would currently call left/right politics.
    Right wing philosophy is not a line, its more of a grouping of several smaller philosophies such as regan conservatives, goldwater conservatives, neoconservatives, etc. What those groups tend to have most in common is a point of view on finances (lower taxes, government does less stuff). However, few go so far as to want to go back to a gold standard, get rid of the fed, have basically no government (not anarchy), etc. In that vein I tend to see libertarian as more of a conservative philosophy.

    In social stuff, conservative philosophies can be all over the map and the various subphilosophies tend to have less cohesion over all. So libertarianism, being more liberal on those matters does not really matter as much.
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