Skip to comments.America's three-party political system
Posted on 12/19/2009 4:43:32 AM PST by marktwain
Most Americans think we have two major political parties: Democrats and Republicans. However, there is a third party whose influence extends beyond recognized political boundaries, and its goal is destroying personal liberty for private gain.
Previous articles noted correlations between campaign contributions and pro-gun control voting for two large industries: lawyers and public sector unions.
But since Democrats are more supportive of gun control, and unions and lawyers contribute primarily to Democrats, it is reasonable to question whether the previous articles merely expose a correlation between contributions and Democrats, rather than pro-gun control voting.
Anecdotal data shows these correlations hold within parties.
For example, the Brady Campaign endorsed 141 incumbent Democratic Congressional representatives who were reelected in 2008, while the NRA endorsed 56.* Brady endorsees percent of total contributions from lawyers averaged 11.9% higher than that of NRA endorsees; public sector union percent of total contributions for Brady endorsees averaged 19.2% higher than for NRA endorsees. (Incumbents are likely being paid for prior services rendered.)
Republicans saw similar contribution patterns: Brady endorsees averaged 105.8% higher lawyer and 101.6% higher public sector union percents of total contributions than NRA-endorsees.
Other evidence exists supporting these trends as well. For example, regardless of party, Congressional incumbents who support the right of Chicagoans to own handguns received less campaign money from lawyers and public sector unions.
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Marxism is our third party.
We do have a 3rd Party and its growing fast—it is the Independents. More and more they are the real king makers. The people who drift in the middle are becoming the real force out there. Into this force is the Tea Parties and the young people who refuse to wear the badge of the GOP or the Dems. From this movement—I feel —will come a real 3rd Party.
I have always said, in effect, that the Third Party is
APATHY. It’s the roughly 50% that does not vote even in National Elections. That statistic has not changed very much for many decades. It is the largest “swing vote” there is, and both Parties have located their “advantage” there, to be exploited in every election cycle. It’s the few percentage points’ swing that got Obama elected last year, and ironically it’s what will get us back in the picture 11 months and three years from now.
Independent merely means someone that isn't registered to one of the many parties in the United States.
Someone telling you they registered as non affiliated doesn't tell you anything about their politics, they could be anything or nothing, Independent is just a catchall registration that includes left, right, radicals, moderates, right wingers, left wingers. Independent is not an ideology or party platform.
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