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Friday, June 02, 2006 

Time for a Third Party?

Lover her or hate her, Peggy Noonan has posted an article about the potential rise of a Third Party that is worth your time. With America at an unprecidented high level of partisanship the climate seems right for a viable third party. And not some right of left wing fringe third party, but a mainstream attractive third party.

She states it best in her opening premise: "Something's happening. I have a feeling we're at some new beginning, that a big breakup's coming, and that though it isn't and will not be immediately apparent, we'll someday look back on this era as the time when a shift began."

As disillusioned Republicans see their party acting like the very "enemy" being demonized during elections (high spending and no accountability), and their counter parts in the Democratic party see the DNC move to unseen levels of leftist idiocy, mainstream American may be ready for what both Parties fear the most: "Vote Pandering Flip-Floppers".

Note how bad that sounds. Rush Limbaugh, champion of all things Republican, has often termed moderates, and anything not solidly loyal to a party as "wishy-washy", "indecisive", and "weak minded". He has two goals in this tactic. One is to force those who may question some Republican decision making into a corner where they either feel inadequate for questioning their party, or like "traitors". The other is to paint a picture of the enemy that is slowly coming out of the fog on Capital Hill.

The "Politics as Usual" mentality has led growing numbers of Americans to turn in their Party membership cards, looking at the realities of the politicians rather than just the letters in front of their names. While some DNC and GOP leaders are beginning to react to this in a frantic effort to recruit the new "young blood" into their ranks, it may be too late.

Has the very thought of a "D" or "R" next to someone's name begun to give you a queasy feeling in your stomach? Have you started looking for anyone, anywhere, who doesn't try to force down your throat how "progressive" they are, or how "conservative" they are?

Why does Rush Limbaugh and Al Frankton hate the idea of that "wishy-washy" middle ground? Because a party that represented that group would have to do what America wants, not what the Party Elite wants. That would take the power away from the Party Elite, and give it back to the people. That would put people like Rush, Al, Dean, Gore, Clinton, Bush, Reid, DeLay, and others out of power, and you and me in power. It would mean once again: "A Government of the People, for the People."

Thanks to LASunset over at Political Yen/Yang for the inspiration, and please visit his site for a true indepth analysis of a viable Third Party.