Time for Change: Why We Need a Third Party

Updated on February 22, 2018

America's Two Party System

What The Government Wants

Since the formation of The United States presidents, representatives, and citizens alike have been stating that the people are the ones in charge. When I look at a two party system I have to disagree with that. Can things really be that black and white to us Americans that we still choose to have our views clustered into the form of a donkey or an elephant? Do we really want just a two party system where we are forced to vote for candidates most deem not suitable?

How many people honestly would say a two party system actually represents all their views. Sure we may agree on certain issues of one party over another but certain issues we still feel pulled to the opposing party. Many countries have ended the two party systems and for good reason too. It allows for a better voice of the people to be heard. Many Americans agree that we need an independent party and would choose a third party if the option was open.

"But wait!" you may say, "There are third parties." Yes, you are right; we do have some third parties. Unfortunately the last time an independent third party member came anywhere close to winning an election was in 1912 when Former President Teddy Roosevelt took advantage of a split in the Republican Party. He only came out with 27% of the popular vote and only 88 of the electoral votes. Due to him running under a third party the Republican candidate lost allowing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to win the election instead.

Year
Presidential Candidate
Party
% of Popular Vote
Electoral Votes
1832
John Floyd
Nulifier
0%
11/286
1832
William Wirt
Anti-Masonic
7%
7/286
1848
Martin Van Buren
Free Soil
10%
0/290
1856
Millard Fillmore
American
21%
8/296
1860
John C. Breckenridge
Constitutional Democratic
18%
72/303
1860
John Bell
Constitutional Union
12%
39/303
1892
James B. Weaver
Populist
8%
22/444
1912
Theodore Roosevelt
Progressive
27%
88/531
1912
Eugene V. Debs
Socialist
6%
0/531
1924
Robert M. La Follette
Progressive
16%
13/531
1948
Storm Thurmond
States' Rights Democratic
2%
39/531
1968
George Wallace
American Independent
13%
46/538
1980
John B Anderson
Independent
6%
0/538
1992
Ross Perot
Independent
18%
0/538
1996
Ross Perot
Reform
8%
0/538

Now What

Why do you think it's that a third party can never get rooted and stay rooted? There's plenty of reasons to not trust and better question the current men and woman in political power. We have plenty of reasons on why not to trust out government. Why is it we don't question more and choose to let so much slip on by. Is it because we get so fixed on popular media that we forget?

It's no secret how much popular media refuses to give any coverage to third party candidates. With over 54 third parties in the United States you'd think they could give at least some of the third parties more then 1% of the coverage. In the end the fact is that the two parties do not want you to know you have choice. I'm not talking about picking between Republican or Democratic. I mean a choice of a candidate that isn't forced to cooperate with a power hungry group of people that are actively seeking to control the government.

A two party system is just another way for the rich and "powerful" to stay in control of the masses. Follow the money trail and ask the right questions. If you look at the evidence it become more and more obvious that the two party system only wants a two party system. It allows for a forward movement in line with the two parties combined ideals are. However if we continue to push and fight for what we the people want this takes away their power. This is why third parties are so important. It takes away the power of the rich and spreads it out to the people.

Maybe we are just cattle becoming distracted and being herd to the next interesting news story. All the while the butcher slowly bleeds us dry so he can stay on top of the food chain. That is not freedom and that is not The United States Of America. We can take back our nation as a collective people united under one goal. We are a nation made up and ruled by people. It's time the people took it back.

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We The People

I want to ask you an honest and sincere question. Regardless of what your political views are, your ethnic background, job, religion, etc. When is the last time you felt that you really had a voice in what was going on in your country? That your say was heard or represented in anyway what so ever. Do you feel like your vote in the election honestly made a difference? Does your state representative actively represent your views?

Its hard to think you're actually being heard and making a difference in today's American with voter fraud cases, possible Russian influences on the election, and extreme disagreements involving the current president and representatives of your state. It at least makes you wonder if everything is actually as it appears.

In the inaugural address by President Donald Trump he is quoted saying; "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now."

It's a good start at the very least and I would be happy to hear it from our 45th President of The United States if he wasn't known for changing his mind so often. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that a personal trying to gain and now in political power would lie to their county. At the same time I hope it's true.



"We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change."

— Dr. Henry Cloud

© 2017 Joshua Barnett

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      Sanxuary 

      17 months ago

      Third party all the way. Next proposal its time to end the Republic and become a Direct Democracy. Let the people vote on everything.

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