Third Party

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 1st, 2011

Politics 101

Representative Government changed Government to Serve the People instead of the Other Way Around

Politics can be confusing.  And dirty.  Which tends to put most people off.  Many only get involved during big elections.  And even then voter turnout can be low.  In addition to the confusion and dirt there’s a feeling of apathy.  Nothing ever changes.  And they feel that it really doesn’t matter if they vote or not.  So many don’t.

They feel that it doesn’t matter who you send to Washington.  Because once there even the honest become corrupt.  Republican.  Or Democrat.  They’re both the same.  Rich and powerful.  Joining other rich and powerful.  In their little games.  So this feeling of apathy is understandable.

But politics matter.  Because it is and always has been a power struggle.  And understanding the essence of this power struggle is important.  For throughout time this struggle has been between competing oppressors who wanted to establish minority rule over the masses.  So the few could live comfortably at their expense of the many.  And it was like this for a long, long time.  Until representative government.  When government began to serve people.  Instead of the other way around.

Third Party Candidates often Rise up from Voter Apathy and Anger

Of the two major political parties, one is for the growth of government.  And one is for limiting the growth of government.  One is for higher taxes.  One is for lower taxes.  One is for higher regulation of the free market.  And one is for rolling back excessive regulation.  One is for transferring wealth from the private sector to the public sector.  And one is for leaving wealth where the wealth creators created it.  In the private sector.  One party serves those within the party (by growing government).  And one party serves the people (by limiting government).  Disagree?  If so I’m guessing you still know which party we’re talking about.  Even if you do disagree.

So there is a difference between the two major parties.  Sometimes it’s hard to see because of the game of politics.  Winning elections.  And many believe the way to win elections is by buying votes.  And both political parties do this.  Spend a lot of taxpayer money on projects for their home district to make their constituents happy.  Grateful.  And, hopefully, in a ‘return the favor’ frame of mind at election time.  But to get pork for your district you often have to let others get pork for their districts.  A little you vote for my pork and I’ll vote for your pork.  Which puts a lot of people off when it comes to voting.  Gives them the feeling that all politicians are the same.  And leads to all that apathy.  Setting the field for third party candidates.

So what is a third party candidate?  They are many things.  But one thing they are not is this.  Winners.  Because they don’t win elections.  Third party candidates often rise up from that voter apathy.  And anger.  Fed up with their party, they split and form a third party.  Thinking they know how best to beat the opposition candidate.  Because they know what single issue will carry the election.  Or so they think.  But all they do is help the opposition candidate they so loathe to victory.  By splitting the vote against the opposition candidate.  Because they don’t think.  They feel.  And let their passion for a singular issue overcome rational thought.

The Majority of Voters Vote to either Expand or Limit the Role of Government in our Lives

And then you have the fringe ideologies so far out of mainstream thought that they don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning a national election.  Such as the Green Party.  The Reform Party.  The Libertarian Party.  The Socialist Party USA.  The International Socialist Organization.  The Socialist Labor Party of America.  The Socialist Workers Party.  The Communist Party USA.  The People’s Front of Judea.  The Judean People’s Front.  The Judean Popular People’s Front.  And, of course, the Popular Front of Judea.  Splitter!

Okay, the Judean stuff is from a scene in the classic movie Monty Python’s Life of Brian.  But it illustrates as well as belabors the point.  Third party candidates are destined for failure.  Because there’re too many of them.  And they don’t differentiate themselves enough to make significant numbers of people leave either of the main two parties.  At least they haven’t yet.  And probably never will.  Though, surprisingly, Ross Perot came closer than most to winning a presidential election.  But he and his Reform Party soon faded to political oblivion.  Which was far less surprising.

You see, the majority of voters don’t base their vote on these fringe, single issues.  Or extreme ideologies.  Instead they vote to either expand the role of government in our lives.  Or vote to limit the role of government in our lives.  For more of a nanny state.  Or less of a nanny state.  For a Democrat.  Or a Republican.  It’s that easy.  And with the large amount of voter apathy and anger that’s enough politics in their lives.  Either the Democrat bum if you want more free stuff.  Or the Republican bum if you are optimistic but expect to be disappointed later.  When you see your limited government candidate expand government, albeit smaller than what the Democrat candidate would have done.

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Independent (ĭn’dĭ-pĕn’dənt), n., One that is independent, especially a voter, officeholder, or political candidate who is not committed to a political party.

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 24th, 2011

Politics 101

Independents have no Political Philosophy and can be Swayed by a Candidate’s Charisma or Populist Issue

Independents have little interest in politics.  They don’t follow the issues.  Have no philosophical basis to form a political belief.  And have no political beliefs.  As demonstrated by their voting for both Republicans.  And Democrats.  Showing that they can easily vote for and against the same fundamental beliefs.

Independents don’t understand what a party platform is.  The philosophical basis for a political party.  The things the party believes in.  And tries to advance.  In the United States there are 2 major political parties.  The Republicans.  And the Democrats.  Who stand for very different things.

Yet at elections the Independents form that great center of the electorate that tends to decide elections.  So both Republicans and Democrats try to woo them.  Because they both feel they have an equal chance.  Even though they couldn’t be more different in their political philosophy.  Because Independents have no political philosophy.  And can be swayed by a candidate’s charisma.  Or a populist issue.

There are no Independent Conventions to Nominate Independent Candidates because Independents Stand for Nothing

Democrats are for active government and income redistribution via high taxes.  Republicans are for limited government and low taxes.  The Independents are neither Republicans nor Democrats.  And that’s the extent of their party platform.

There are few Independents in politics.  Often a politician will run as an Independent after they lose the primary election for their own party.  Sort of like having a temper tantrum.  They weren’t a good enough Republican or Democrat to win the support of Republican or Democrat voters in the primary election.  So they stamp their feet and whine, “I’ll run as an Independent then in the general election.”  Where they stand a good chance of winning.  Because there are a lot of people out there who don’t vote according to any political philosophy.  Like they do during the primaries.  The Independents.

There are no party caucuses for Independents.  No Independent debates.  No Independent primary elections.  No Independent conventions to nominate an Independent candidate.  Because Independents stand for nothing.  For they are the disengaged.  The uninformed.  And out of touch.  They only think about politics at election time.  And then base their vote on how they feel at that time.  Choosing their candidate by who charms them the most.  Or stands for the populist issue they are most familiar with.

Independents eschew Republicans and Democrats yet Vote Republican or Democrat in the End

Independents eschew Republicans and Democrats.  They’re above them.  They study the issues.  And make informed decisions.  They don’t just vote the party line.  Or so they say.  But they often do.  Vote the party line.  By voting either Republican or Democrat in the end.  Often without a clue of the consequences of their vote.

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