Since America separated from Britain, a number of American political parties have passed into the dust
bin of history. The first two parties rose out of the battle over the Constitution and were active from 1787
The Federalists, composed of the founding fathers, men like war-hero George Washington, Benjamin
Franklin, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton, favored the proposed Constitution which would create
a stronger central government.
Their opponents, the Anti-Federalists, favored state's rights and opposed the Constitution, believing that
a stronger central government would steal the power of the people and become corrupt. With the
ratification of the Constitution, the Anti-Federalists faded away.
In 1800, the supporters of Thomas Jefferson dubbed themselves the Democratic Republicans and elected
him President, followed by James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams. By 1815, the
Federalists had faded away. Without opposition, the Democratic-Republicans followed.
In 1828, Andrew Jackson defeated the incumbent John Q. Adams in spectacular fashion. Jackson's
supporters called themselves Democrats, Adam's supporters called themselves National Republicans.
By 1834, the National Republicans added a few other factions and created the Whig Party. Although the
Whigs managed to elect four Presidents, the party splintered over the issue of slavery.
In 1854, the Democratic Party split. The Republican Party was an offshoot formed to stop the spread of
slavery. In 1860, the Republicans elected Abraham Lincoln. These two political parties are still with us.
Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Democratic Republicans, National Republicans, and Whigs have all been
tossed into the dust bin of history. Is 2012 the year to throw the Democrats and the Republicans in the
dust bin after them?
Both Republicans and Democrats deserve to be discarded, with their bailouts and stimulus spending,
huge national debt, trade agreements that ship jobs overseas, tax breaks for everyone but the middle
class, and candidates that are in the pockets of the rich.
Under the leadership of both parties spending has reached over 40% of the Gross National Product,
levels of government spending over 20% of GDP depress growth. The National Debt has increased to
more than 100% of GDP, national debt levels over 80% also depress growth.
Since 2000, both parties have pursued policies that have destroyed the ability of the American economy to
create jobs. (See No. 132, "Jobs And Failed Policy.") Despite Obama's misleading and inaccurate job
creation claims, 60% to 65% of the jobs lost in the "Great Recession" have not been recovered. (See No.
151, "Big Bucks, Brainwashing And Bull****.")
Make no mistake about Barack Obama, he is a crony capitalist. While he claims to be a friend of the middle
class, he let the scammers who destroyed half the wealth of the middle class escape justice. Note that
Goldman Sachs donated almost a million to Barach Obama's 2008 campaign.
Goldman Sachs bundled mortgages, many of them fraudulent, and sold them as securities to pension
funds and other investors all over the world. This practice undermined middle class pensions and created
a housing bubble that destroyed the value of middle class homes when it collapsed. In 2010, Goldman
Sachs paid a trifling SEC fine of $550 million for "misleading" investors, avoiding charges of fraud. In 2011,
Goldman Sachs employees received $15 billion in bonuses. Shortchanging investors was very profitable
and the penalties were light, less than 4% of the following year's bonuses.
The voters are disgusted with the consequences of systemic mismanagement of the country for the
benefit of special interests. US News & World Report asked, "Would you like the see a third-party
candidate in the 2012 presidential race?" As of Feb. 24th, 2012, over 87% of those who answered said
""Conditions could be right for a third-party candidate to win the presidency next year, according to noted
elections expert Curtis Gans... Gans points out that a private group called "Americans Elect" has been
working industriously to qualify a third-party ticket for the ballot in all 50 states. This well-financed effort,
coupled with sagging trust in the major parties and other factors, could mean a third-party ticket "might
win," Gans concludes."
""Gans says there are five "minimal conditions" for such an effort to succeed:
"A deep feeling that the nation is on the wrong track."
"Disaffection with the two major parties and their candidates."
"A line on the ballot in every state."
"Adequate money to conduct a competitive campaign."
"Candidates for president and vice president who the public can feel are competent to fulfill the duties of
those offices and who offer hope of something different than what has occurred..."" (Kenneth T. Walsh,
"Could Third-Party Candidate Win White House in 2012?," US News & World Report, December 27, 2011).
Have these conditions been met? A recent poll confirms the first, there is a deep feeling that the nation is
on the wrong track.
""The poll found 73% of Americans believe the United States is “off on the wrong track,” and just one in
five, 21%, think the country is headed in the right direction. The level of discontent is the highest since
Reuters/Ipsos began polling American public opinion in February 2009."" (Steve Holland, "America on the
‘wrong track,’ Americans say," Reuters, Aug 10, 2011).
If the popularity of the US Congress is a reliable measurement, Americans are fed up with both political
"As Congress heads toward another possible stalemate over extending the payroll tax cut, a new Gallup
poll shows that congress' approval rating is at a new all-time low of 10 percent. According to the poll, 86
percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing. That figure ties the all-time high in
congressional disapproval set in December, according to Gallup." (Lucy Madison, "Congressional
approval hits another all-time low, CBS News.com, February 8, 2012).
"Americans Elect" is working to qualify a third-party ticket for the ballot in all 50 states, so there will be a
line on every ballot.
The other conditions are specific to the party and to the candidate. The most effective third party in
recent years was the Reform Party founded by Ross Perot. In 1992 Ross Perot got over 18% of the popular
vote, but in 1996 he only got 8% of the vote. Subsequent candidates have done worse. That said, the
Reform Party platform must appeal to a broad range of voters.
"The Reform Party platform includes the following:
Maintaining a balanced budget, ensured by passing a Balanced Budget Amendment and changing
budgeting practices, and paying down the federal debt
Campaign finance reform, including strict limits on campaign contributions and the outlawing of the
Political action committee
Enforcement of existing immigration laws and opposition to illegal immigration
Opposition to free trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement and Central America
Free Trade Agreement, and a call for withdrawal from the World Trade Organization
Term limits on U.S. Representatives and Senators
Direct election of the United States President by popular vote
Federal elections held on weekends" (Wikipedia, "Reform Party of the United States of America").
This year the Reform Party has an excellent candidate, Buddy Roemer. He has just left the Republican
Party, who refused him a place in the debates because he's a reformer. Buddy Roemer refuses special
interest money, plans to close tax loopholes that benefit special interests and end the unfair trade
practices that allow China to steal American jobs - while increasing profits of the super rich from overseas
manufacturing and long distance shipping. (See No. 131, "Why Hide Buddy Roemer? Billion$ of Reason$.")
The Republican Party did not shun Buddy Roemer because he is unqualified. On the contrary, they hid him
from the American people through all 23 debates because he is such a strong candidate.
Buddy Roemer has an MBA from Harvard. He's a successful banker who has started several businesses.
He has eight years experience in the US House of Representatives, and four years experience as
Louisiana's governor. He was a very effective governor, cutting unemployment in half and balancing the
budget despite inheriting a huge deficit. His platform is similar to the Reform Party Platform.
I have written an article about Buddy Roemer entitled "Ten Good Reasons To Elect Whats-His-Name." It's
No. 133 on this website. You can also check him out at www.buddyroemer.com.
Convention wisdom says a third party can't win. Common sense says if you continue to vote for the rich
men's candidates, you will condemn yourselves to life in the house of the poor.
In Buddy Roemer, you have a strong candidate, highly intelligent, experienced, principled and effective.
He speaks well and is pleasant looking. (Search Buddy Roemer YouTube.) America is in serious economic
trouble and despite all the disinformation, most Americans know it. The time for a third party win is now.
Who knows if you'll ever get a better chance to take the country back from the special interests and the
super rich. "There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo.
Amo Paul Bishop Roden