- Posted October 16, 2013 by
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Major 3rd Party Already in Office?
The American voters at-large are grumbling under their collective breath in disgust of what has been going on with Congress and the White House over the past year, and more so over the chicanery, inaction, ineptitude and dilatory behavior that has been center stage before and during the partial government shutdown of non-essential agencies and services.
The grousing has risen to a crescendo as we wait to see if Congress can act on a deal to raise the debt limit by midnight tonight.
Part of the talk that is rising to the surface from the silent majority is that the tragedy of lurching from crisis to crisis is reason for a viable 3rd political party to rise and take control. While the nation has scads of other political parties and not limited to the Democratic and Republican parties, none have the legs to march and assert dominance.
I would beg to differ.
I believe we have a de facto major 3rd party already elected and serving in Congress. Though caucusing with the more moderate to centrist Republican Party, candidates elected in districts and states aligned to the grassroots Tea Party movement are in action displaying no allegiance to the more traditional GOP. These lawmakers are an entity to themselves.
I contend we have three major parties: Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partiers.
While Tea Party spokespeople and Tea Party members of the House and Senate claim they are not a separate party, their activity belies this. As we have seen vividly over the last three weeks, Tea Partiers are not beholding to nor are they in step with the majority Republican legislators.
The Tea Party in its various local and state groups already have in place the infrastructure and actively participate in the electoral process. The Tea Party already selects its own candidates often running against the more mainstream Republican candidates. Sometimes those Tea Party candidates win and sometimes they lose.
I believe if the GOP wants to remain viable and continue to be a force in the politics of this nation, it must make a decision which may hurt it in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections, but keep it alive for the 2016 Presidential Election.
It is time for the amoeba to split.
It is time for the majority, more moderate, yet fiscally conservative, rank and file along with the Republican National Committee to censure and cut off support of the Tea Party. It is time for the Tea Party to stand on its own and not keep the more compromising Republicans from being able to serve effectively.
In some states and some congressional districts, the Tea Party will triumph. In other states and districts, the old-line Republicans will be able to stand stronger and be more viable.
Come 2016, the GOP will be able to find and put forth a candidate who can give the Democratic candidate a run for his or her money. The Tea Party can do its own convention and offer up its own candidate for president.
Polls and surveys reveal that Tea Party support, though waning, is still between 20 to 25% of the electorate. This already eclipses most other parties percentage of the vote. This already makes the Tea Party a force with which to be reckoned. The percentage of support is more than the Libertarian or Green party.
Kicking the Tea Party out of the Republican caucus would strengthen the ability of the more moderate GOP lawmakers to get done the work of the people. Republican legislators would be able to cut deals and find common ground with their Democratic counterparts.
On some issues the Tea Party would continue to vote with Republicans. On other issues, Republicans with support from Democrats could go beyond impasse and roadblocks to a point where manmade crises can be avoided.
In the long term, I believe the nation would be better having three parties. In the long term, I believe the GOP can regain its footing and govern. In the long term, I believe the new Tea Party as its own entity could continue to win races and represent its constituents.
Something needs to give.
The nation can ill afford to continue the charade that has marred the political landscape this year.
From the Cornfield, yes, America, we do have a three-party system. We have Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partiers.