The main problem with third parties is that there's no set of issues that unites enough people to threat the major parties. It's a big, disorganized mass that no presidential candidate could hope to unite.
A 3rd party will force the other 2 parties to be honest. And not the BS synchronized swimming charade in Washington right now. Total positive for the country and our liberties. Granted it's a huge mountain to climb and a 3rd party needs to win local and state elections. But a viable and good 3rd party candidate hasn't seen the fertile ground and opportunity to make a difference than right now. The country is sick and tired of the GOP and the Dems. Perfect time to get the ball rolling.
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We have had third parties rise to prominence before. The Republican Party started out as a third party that formed from Whig exiles, the remnants of the Anti-Masonic Party, and a few smaller third parties.
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As I said earlier, what would a third party look like? What would it's policy positions be? The middle is a complete cluster**** of socially liberal fiscal conservatives (Jon Huntsman) and socially conservative big business protectionists (Rick Santorum), along with a whole smear of libertarians, socialists, conspiracy theorists and various whackjobs. Show me a party platform that can get a 1/3 of the voting public behind it and you'll have a case for a third party. But I just don't see it happening. No one candidate is going to unite the groups I've just named. No way.
Last edited by TheWalrus; 10-16-2013 at 11:25 PM.
Two party system sucks.