Is it time to start a third party?
That question comes up on a regular basis. For good reason, of course: the GOP sucks, generally speaking. That suckage notwithstanding, my gut reaction to this question is always: no. It is not time to start a third party.
I pondered that question on one of my runs, or dog walks, or school trips, or summat. Can’t remember which. Anyhow, in a typically annoying fashion, I shall answer the question with a question of my own:
Has the left made its progress through the ascendency of a third party?
Sure, there are leftist “third parties” out there: the Green Party, the Socialist Party, the Communist Party, the Labor Party, the Socialist Labor Party, the Workers Party, to the Working Families Party, just to name a few from this Wikipedia list.
But. Did these “third parties” actually create the major leftist mile (mill) stones of today, from the Great Society to Obamacare?
No. It’s all Dem, baby.
Far-left groups have influenced Democrat thinking, no question. But did they do so by being an electorally viable party?
In the same way, the Libertarian Party and the Tea Party do not need to be electorally viable in order to influence Republican thinking.
We do not need a third party. We need to be working overtime to infiltrate and influence the GOP. Just as the left did the Dems. For us, the November 2010 election was only the beginning. If the advance made so far is inadequate, that is our bad. We should have been infiltrating and influencing well before Obama was elected.
Let’s just hope our bad hasn’t cost us the whole of our liberty.