Three Major Parties
There are three major voter affiliations recognized federally: Republican, Democrat and Independent. “Independents”, of course, are not a “party”. FPA intends to be a second major party. As things stand, where policy is concerned, there is only one party. It’s the one that brings “progressive” legislation no matter what the congressional majority nor who the White House incumbent.
What Is “Winning”?
When we vote for a representative in US Congress or state legislature, what are we voting for? Most people would say “Someone who will cause the legislation I favor to be introduced and passed.” So, when that person is elected to the office, have you won anything? Not yet. We only “win” when the bills we want to be passed are passed. That is “winning” in US politics. Republican candidates won big in 2016, gaining the White House and majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate. Other than those things which president Trump did, as only the president could do, did you win anything? Congress passed spending bills thousands of pages long. Do you have any idea what was in those bills? Did you win anything? Republicans voted John McCain and Lisa Murkowski into the senate on their promise to vote for full repeal of Obamacare. When the vote came before them, they and another Republican senator voted with the Democrats to retain it. Did you win anything? Far from it. In their actions, three people trusted by the voters, beloved by the party, denied millions and millions of Republican voters, all who wanted an end to the ACA. Republican voters nationwide were denied representation by their actions, forced into Leftist policy. But the party still welcomes those senators… How can that be?
Third Parties (Don’t!) Always Lose
There is a myth you’ve probably heard that “third parties always lose”. No, they don’t. The present day Republican Party belies that myth. In the mid-1850’s, there were two dominant political parties in the United States. They were the Whig and Democrat parties. Members of the Whig Party became dissatisfied with their leadership’s position in support of slavery. Because they were unable to induce the Whig leadership to change that position, the people formed the anti-slavery Republican Party. By 1860, the Whig Party was pretty much finished and the new Republican Party’s candidate, Abraham Lincoln, was elected President of the United States. The “third” party had won. But, it was only a “third” party for a short time, while it organized. By 1860 the Whig Party had all but disappeared. We’ve had a dominant two-party system ever since. Today’s situation is similar to that of the mid-1850’s, where registered Republican voters are dissatisfied with their party leadership and their actions in congress, both nationally and in many of the states. Moreover, after decades of attempting to do so, constitutionalists have been unable to change the party from within, a party which increasingly serves only special interests and elites. Far from being a “fringe” or “one-issue” party, FPA is essentially the Republican Party with a very important distinction: Unlike the GOP, FPA intends to bring its platform into reality in Washington, DC. Any Republican voter or Trump voter has a home here.
Trump’s 2016 Victory A Proxy Third Party Win
A case can be made that president Trump’s win in 2016 was a third party victory. From Jeb Bush and John Kasich to Carly Fiorina and all the other “sanctioned” Establishment choices we were handed, we rejected them all. We chose the outsider, the man who the RNC feared might run outside the party if he didn’t win the primary. In choosing Trump, didn’t the voters reject the Republican Party? Does anyone doubt that if ANY of the other candidates had won that Hillary Clinton would have been the president? Does anyone doubt that if the GOP had won the election with a candidate other than Trump that we would today be mired in TPP and a signatory to the Paris Accord? In 2016, Americans said “we don’t want what you’re selling. We don’t believe you any more.”
“You’ll Split The Vote!”
Another great myth about third parties is the fear-mongering cry of “You’ll split the vote!” When you’re not “winning” your legislation when your party is in control, who cares anyway? With very little earlier preparation, no party backing and scanty organization, Ross Perot almost pulled off a win in the 1992 presidential election. Angus King won the governor’s race in Maine as an Independent against Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joseph Brennan. Ditto, Independent James Longley who defeated Democrat George Mitchell and Republican James Erwin for that same office.
With the right candidate, the vote will be split both ways and the new party candidate will win. In a three-way race, it only takes 34% of the vote to win. Ignore the myths. They are only in place to stall or prevent action to advance our positions in Washington by creating a real force for our policies, one which won’t lie to us. And don’t forget, those “who know” told us that Donald Trump’s candidacy would never get off the ground.
In the meantime, as FPA shapes up to be the force we expect it to be, you may vote for whoever you deem to be the best choice.
Is It The Right Concept?
When some people first see our concept they think “dictatorship”. Absolutely not! Citizens may vote for anyone they like. There is at least one other party as well. Finally, the constitution still holds sway. In a dictatorship, no other party is permitted and the “constitution”, to the extent that one exists, is whatever the ruler wants it to be. That is precisely what FPA is set to oppose and prevent. The same people, the ones who benefit from the present setup, may also tell you that our concept can’t work. Nonsense! Business is successfully conducted all over the world by electronic communication means today. The LAPC’s activities will be no less successful and integrity to the platform among FPA members will be absolute. That in turn means that when you vote for an FPA candidate , you will get exactly what you expected to get in representation.
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