With the "government shutdown" ending with zero results, thanks in no small part to sabotage by establishment Republicans, the calls for a third party are again at the forefront of political conversation.
There is a growing number of people disillusioned with Republican Party leadership who are viewed as indistinguishable from Democrats.
The Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass and Ronald Reagan. It was a party of small government conservatives and adherents to the Constitution. It was the abolitionist party formed to fight pro-slavery Democrats, the party of freedom.
It has become the party of George Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney, big government progressives just barely to the right of Barack Obama and Harry Reid.
There is a new crop of Republicans attempting to move the Republican Party back to it's founding principles, such as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. These constitutionalists are being attacked and called radicals and "cuckoo birds" by their own party leaders, but their message is being well received by the American citizens.
Tired of politics as usual and the lack of principle of the Republican establishment who are belligerent to their base, many people are calling for a third party. What people do not seem to realize is that there are a multitude of political parties in America. There is a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, etc. party already.
The only beneficiaries of a third party attempt would be Democrats. If conservatives split from the Republican Party, there would be a Democrat revolution as the new party and the GOP split the votes.
Case in point, the re-election of the most radical, destructive president in American history, as the vote was split between the Republican, Libertarian and Constitution parties, due mainly to a weak Republican candidate.
It is imperative that we elect more conservative, principled candidates to the Republican Party, as is happening now, albeit too slowly. The TEA Party (generically) is making progress, however they need to clarify their message to the American people, many of whom perceive the TEA Party as anarchists and anti-government radicals. While there are small factions associating themselves with the TEA Party that may fit into these categories, they are the exception rather than the rule.
Yet this perception persists due to a hostile mainstream media and equally hostile Democrats and establishment Republicans who feel threatened. A lack of clarity by TEA Party groups as to what they actually stand for (which is what the Republican Party is supposed to stand for) reinforces this negative image.
There are five major political parties in America, being;
- Republican Party
- Democratic Party
- Libertarian Party
- Constitution Party and,
- Green Party
There is also a multitude of minor parties, a sampling of which are;
- America First Party
- American Conservative Party
- American Freedom Party
- Communist Party
- Freedom Socialist Party
- Independent American Party
- Modern Whig Party
- National Socialist Movement
- Pirate Party (Yes, Pirate Party)
- Socialist Party USA
- United States Marijuana Party and,
- Workers' World Party
There are also many more localized parties, such as the Charter Party in Cincinnati, Ohio and The Rent is Too Damn High Party in New York.
The problem isn't that we need another party. The problem is that we need to clean-up the parties we have.