08 November 2012

Election 2012: Third Parties

As was expected, third parties proved themselves to be complete crap again this year. Most third parties have candidates that appeal to either hardcore progressives or hardcore neocons. The libertarian party candidate appealed to retards who thought that a winning candidate is going to be someone who couldn’t run a deficit-free campaign but would nonetheless promise to have a deficit-free federal budget. There were other problems with Gary Johnson (mainly, that he was neocon who didn’t give a crap about liberty and so only affected the two dumbest libertarian causes—pot legalization and gay marriage—while running a campaign in the middle of a recession), but the main thing to take away from this is that all third parties suck, and have no way of appealing to a particularly broad base.

Now, the GOP will collapse eventually because demographics do not favor conservative or libertarian bases. So, the only option is for the GOP to either die off because it’s not the Democrat party or else eventually be co-opted by the Dems. However, this makes a good opportunity for starting up two new parties: the conservative party and the libertarian party. But, you may be objecting, these already nominally exist. I know. I’m simply saying that the conservative base and the libertarian base should go ahead and leave the GOP and join the parties that nominally represent them.

If conservatives and libertarians do this and forget the GOP, they may be able to make a dent in federal policy and in various state policies. In the first place, while neither libertarians nor conservatives will ever hope to attain the presidency, they could hold, together, a majority of house seats and a decent number of senate seats. This will help to keep the federal government in check. They could also control a decent number of gubernatorial seats and state senates. This will also help to keep the federal government in check. Thus, for conservative and libertarian third parties to work, they will need to be realistic about their role, which is not to control the federal government per se, but to keep it from getting to out of control. This means, then, that the conservative base and libertarian base of the GOP need to accept that the GOP is no longer the vehicle for implementing their policy.

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