George Will: So, Schultz would spoil the splendor of today's party duopoly?

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  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    March 5, 2019 7:42 a.m.

    I'd be happy to support a 3rd party presidential candidate if their values aligned w/ mine & I thought they had any chance of winning (neither of which applies to Schulz), as at the moment I despise both parties (though I despise Dems less right now). But w/ the electoral college, unfortunately, that chance is slim to none. Originators of the Constitution may have been opposed to political parties, but by creating the electoral college, they made it almost impossible to break the 2-party stranglehold that Repubs & Dems have on our political system.

    While it would be great to have a president who was more centrist than either party seems to be right now, the most important thing to me is to ensure that Trump doesn't serve a 2nd term, so I'm more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate, no matter who they end up being. I can't imagine any of those who've already declared candidacy being as bad for our country has Trump has proven to be.

    After all, if I was willing to vote for Hillary, a woman I despised but who would have at least been competent & much less divisive, to keep Trump from winning, than I would certainly be willing to vote for someone I feel less strongly abt.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2019 1:32 p.m.

    The last third (actually fourth) party candidate to win a presidential election was Abraham Lincoln in 1860. As Will points out, several since have simply been spoilers for one or the other of the major parties. What he and everybody else who comments on third party runs fails to address is the lack of broader party organization and participation. Schultz, like Perot and Nader does not represent a third party. There are no candidates for Congress or Senate, no state office seekers who support his views. Even if he won the presidency, there would be no structured support in the country for his policies. "Third party" candidates without a party are simply ego trips on the national stage, but they can swing elections.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 3, 2019 8:20 p.m.

    The last presidential election came down to featuring two very poor choices—Hillary and Trump. Will the next presidential election offer anything better? Trump will certainly be in the picture. What will Democrat’s give us? George Will paints an accurate picture of the likely Democratic candidate—too far Left.

    I welcome 3rd party candidates that can bring decorum, intelligent points, and a better choice for the voter. I believe their are two main concerns our country should address: 1) the struggling family, 2) federal spending.

    Regarding the struggling family, this challenge encompasses everything from the dearth of fathers in the home, drugs, infidelity, healthcare, jobs, education, social engineering, racial tensions, and so much more.

    Regarding federal spending, social security and Medicare must be addressed.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 3, 2019 11:03 a.m.

    A couple things, George. First off, your attempt to demonise government with the old stereotype of it being bureaucratic and burdened with paperwork failed. A single payer health care brings efficiency in that everyone plays from the same song book. Government cannot hold a candle to the administrative snarl insurance companies can create.
    As for a third party challenge and the larger concept of our political process being more open to other parties isn't necessarily a bad idea. However, I believe we've ran the experiment of letting billionaires be president because they're billionaires and it indicated failure. I don't see any good coming out of letting Schultz give trump a lame duck win.