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Published: Thursday, Oct. 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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10CC
Bountiful, UT

Watching the divisions and dysfunction in the GOP, it's clear it's in reality two distinct groups with different motivations and ideologies pretending to be a cohesive party.

The US has always suffered from a narrow ideological political range, and we're way overdue for getting better representation for diverse viewpoints.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

I am all for third parties as long as they come from the Ralph Nader side of things. Nader in fact is the reason Bush won Florida by some 300 votes and became President. On the other hand, Ross Perot was the reason Clinton got 43% of the vote and Bush got 36%. Perot took about 20% of the vote, mostly coming from disaffected Republicans and moderates. Here is an interesting question to ask. How close did Ross Perot come to winning the Presidency in 1992? Answer. No closer than you or me, because even though he got almost one fifth of the vote, he got no electoral votes. Third parties can and have changed history. But you don't want to be on the side that has a strong third party, especially when it comes to Presidential elections. At best a third party will win a few local and state elections.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Too Funny SCFan.

Sadly, everything gets viewed from a partisan slant.

You seem to espouse the concept that 3rd parties are only good if they are a means to get Republicans elected. Are you not ashamed to post that?

Here is a thought. How about a third party that puts America first? One that puts the American people ahead of unions and corporations. How about a party that forces the two lame ones that we have today to be better in order to compete?

I would love to see a third party that had as a platform only fiscal issues.
My 3rd party platform

- no position on gay marriage, abortion, religion
- will not accept any corporate,union or large individual campaign money
- will vote the interest of the American people ahead of party
- will reduce spending in a responsible way based solely on sound business principles
- will seek to reduce the debt solely based on sound business principles

That is a 3rd party I could support. And, with an intelligent electorate, I believe could win.

Alas, it will never happen. Too many love their party, as destructive as they are.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

I disagree that the GOP is dysfunctional. What is dysfunctional is our federal government. At least some GOP members of congress are doing their constitutional duty of opposing, warning and exposing wrong doing by our government (spying, overregulating, over spending, being unaccountable, scandals, etc). America doesn't need a third party, America needs a wake up call. Which polls are showing more and more less partisan Americans believe is inevitable.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Given the practically civil-war level division going on in the GOP today, they are beginning to resemble the Whigs. And let’s be honest, many people have been disaffected by the Democrats for decades as they seem incapable of fiscally sound governing unless forced to do so by divided government.

At the popular level, we may have never been more ripe for a viable third party, but the chances are slim one could ever breech the barriers to entry set in place by the current two-party machinery.

@JoeBlow

I would add the following:

1.Fix redistricting – congressional districts that resemble actual geometric shapes is a must if we want our democracy back.

2.A pure balanced budget amendment (i.e., no arbitrary limits on government spending).

3.End the corrupting influence of money in politics – either through public financing of campaigns or tough transparency laws or a constitutional amendment stating corporations are not people, or all of the above or more.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

We need to let independent commissions redraw district boundaries based on population equality and other non political considerations. And a healthy democracy could and should include a tea party, liberal democrats, greens, liberterians, and anyone else.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

Joe Blow, let's talk. First off, your party is the Liberatarian Party. They espouse much of what you want and they have been trying to make inroads for years. Not much success. Secondly, believe it or not, I think Gore got the shaft in 2000. I didn't vote for him, and would probably not have liked him as President, but as a conservative Republican I will admit that he should have been President because he got the most votes in the country. I despise the electoral college, and 2000 was a good example of why. My post about 3rd parties was mainly to warn people of how damaging they can be to the real will of the people because they can, and have, changed the way elections should have turned out. Not to gloat that my guy won. That is why I gave examples of both a Republican loss for President and a Democrat loss for President. I don't like 3rd parties, or the electoral college. That was my point.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

SCfan,

With the exception of the first bullet in my new party platform, what could any basic American disagree with? Which would you not want to see adhered to?

I agree that it is somewhat libertarian. I never understood why those who believe in a strict Constitutional interpretation (Mr Richards for example) would not have been running a Ron Paul campaign office.

I think we have just become too enamored with our party to look critically at what they actually do, as opposed to their lip service.

For example, the GOP talks about doing all sorts of things when they are out of power. And do none of it when they have the opportunity. (with the exception of cutting taxes. They are good at that. Its the spending that they dont address when they are in power)

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

The Republicans left me in 1988.

I voted for Ross Perot, in 1992.
And registered as a Libertarian in 1994.

Since 2010,
I have become un-affiliated.

But -
I did vote for a Republican in the last Presidential election.

I voted for Jon M. Huntsman Jr.
someone the Tea-Party whacks through under the bus....

David
Centerville, UT

JoeBlow, you have my vote. Let me know how I can help with your campaign.

Tyler D, you are right on with the redistricting issue. Congressional districts should become a campaign issue. We need a Tea-Party-like movement, a real grass-roots uprising to change these ridiculous district maps.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

Joe, nothing wrong with a lot of what you suggest. However, in the real world, where is that going to get the political traction it needs to succeed? Perot tried it with the Reform Party, as I mentioned before, the Liberatarin Party has been pushing it for years now, and most recently the T-Party came on the scene, which did help the Republicans get the House, and stop our slide to Socialism, (for a while anyway). Now however, with the Obama media and many liberal Democrats, the PR campaign against the T-Party is so extreme that even Sarah Palin must feel she got off easy. With those kinds of negatives attacking anyone with new ideas, the only survivors seem to be either mainstream Democrats or Republicans. All else need not apply.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Joe, I'm pretty much in agreement with your platform with the exception of your adoption of sound business principles for spending and reducing the debt. The government is not a business and in many ways the antithesis of a business. So while I agree whole heartedly that we need a sound plan to reduce the deficit and the debt, I'd have to know more about your thoughts before I could buy into business principles.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Alternative parties have their place but the easiest way to end gridlock in Congress is just to do away with gerrymandering. This has created the election of the most strident from both parties. The vast middle of the country is basically unrepresented.

Pendergast
Salt Lake City, UT

per JoeBlow on 10/24

A party or a sect is a convenient way to save a man from the vexation of having to think for himself - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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