So what about the Constitution Party?

There is already a conservative third party:  The Constitution Party.  According to their website, they are on the ballot in 18 states, and are at various stages of approval for more.  They have a presidential ticket:  Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley.  I’m not familiar with either of these gentlemen, but they might be better than the offerings of the major parties.

I have heard the party, which used to be called the Taxpayers’ Party,  described as Christian Dominionist, but that could hardly be the case, since Mr. Bradley appears to be a Mormon.  It seems to be paleoconservative, distrusting foreign wars and big corporations and holding to a protectionist use of tariffs.  It is strongly pro-life, with no exceptions. [Read more…]

The Libertarians will be on the ballot in all 50 states

Those who cannot abide either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are looking for an alternative.  But it’s hard for an independent candidate to get on state ballots.  But there is a third party that will already be on the ballot in every state:  The Libertarians.

This party advocates smaller government, free market economics, and civil liberties.   Yes, it accepts abortion–as well as legalized drugs and prostitution–but neither of the major parties, this time, is likely to be very strong on moral issues.  (See this for the Libertarian platform.)

Seventeen candidates are running for the party’s nomination, which will be held on Memorial Day weekend, but the likely nominee is Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico.  Might he be a better president than either Trump or Clinton?

There are other third parties, but only two others are on at least some state ballots:  the conservative Constitution Party (26 states) and the leftist environmentalist Green Party (36 states).

To the objection that “third parties can’t win,” it isn’t necessary to win in order to stop Trump and Clinton.  A third party would only need to get a few states, in what is expected to be a very close election, in order to prevent anyone from getting a majority of electoral votes.  If that happens, the current House of Representatives, which is dominated by Republicans, would pick the president.  Maybe they would choose somebody good.

UPDATE:  Thanks to Todd for quoting to me the 12th Amendment, which requires the House of Representatives, in the event that no one wins an electoral majority, to choose from the top three candidates. So theoretically, a third party candidate could be chosen in the House.  The Republican majority would have to go against its own party’s candidate, which could possibly happen.  But there is not much hope for this option. [Read more…]

The third party candidates

Here is a  site that lists everyone who is running for president.  In addition to the Republican and Democratic candidates and a long list of independent candidates, here are the various people running in other parties that have ballot representation in at least one state.  (Are any of you supporting any of these folks and can say why they should be president?):

AMERICANS ELECT:

AMERICA’S PARTY:

Tom Hoefling J.D. Ellis

CONSTITUTION PARTY:

GREEN PARTY:

 

JUSTICE PARTY:

Rocky Anderson VP Not Yet Named

 

LIBERTARIAN PARTY:

 

PARTY OF SOCIALISM AND LIBERATION (PSL):

Peta Lindsay Yari Osorio
NOTE: THE PSL MAY ALSO USE SURROGATE PSL NOMINEES IN SOME STATES, WHERE NEEDED FOR BALLOT ACCESS PURPOSES, AS LINDSAY (AGE 27) AND OSORIO (AGE 26 & FOREIGN BORN) ARE NOT CONSTITUTIONALLY QUALIFIED TO SERVE IF ELECTED.

PROHIBITION PARTY:

Jack Fellure Rev. Toby Davis

REFORM PARTY:

 

SOCIALIST PARTY USA (SP-USA):

Stewart Alexander Alex Mendoza

 

SOCIALIST EQUALITY PARTY:

Jerry White Phyllis Scherrer

 

SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY (SWP):

No Candidates Identified To Date

And now, a tea party of the left

What conservative populists are doing to the Republican party, liberal populists are starting to do to Democrats:

A political rebellion is brewing inside an old funeral home near the state Capitol here. Frustrated liberals and labor organizers are taking aim at the Democratic Party, rushing to gather enough signatures to start a third party that they believe could help oust three Democratic congressmen.

Now, some of Obama’s supporters are mounting a defiant strike against the president’s party. The nascent third party, North Carolina First, could endanger the Democratic congressional majority by siphoning votes from incumbent Democrats in November’s midterm election, potentially enabling Republican challengers to pick up the seats.

Organizers say they are so fed up with Democrats who did not support health-care reform that they simply do not care.

“Our whole agenda is to turn that apple cart around and say, ‘No more are we going to blindly support you because you're a Democrat,'” said Dana S. Cope, executive director of the 55,000-member State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC), which is leading the effort. “We’re going to support you because you’re right on the issues and if you’re not right on the issues, we’re going to remove you from office.”

via North Carolina Democrats’ votes against health care push labor to form party.

It appears that NO ONE approves of the political parties and incumbent politicians. Maybe this could be the basis for a national unity movement.