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The Tea Party Movement Does Not Need a Leader!
American Thinker ^ | January 04, 2010 | Lloyd Marcus

Posted on 01/03/2010 11:17:41 PM PST by bogusname

A recent article predicted that the tea party movement will fail and fade away because it does not have an official leader promoting a single agenda. I disagree.

After attending a Florida tea party, Rhonda Lochiatto, an elementary school teacher, decided to run for school board. In her own words, "I am tired of the mismanagement of funds that goes on in the school district and of the current policies and procedures that are taking place when it comes to grading, etc."

Rhonda epitomizes what the tea party movement is all about: concerned citizens and true patriots stepping up to the plate and following their passions and gifts to help rescue America from the leftists trying to change her forever. In my travels across America on Tea Party Express tours one and two, I met many patriots young and old who were running for office for the first time. Seeds planted by the tea parties have harvested a cornucopia of new organizations. Their common goal: Take back America.

No, we do not have a single person as our grand pooh-bah. We draw inspiration and information from many conservative voices in and out of politics. Any attempt to rein in all tea party patriots under one leader and strategy would be a mistake, not to mention impossible. Unquestionably, the power and force of the tea party phenomenon grows daily as more and more Americans awaken from their Obama trance (he sure is pretty, black, and well-spoken). They rub their eyes, see the craziness of his agenda, and shudder -- "Oh my gosh, what have we done?"

The tea party movement is bigger than any one person. Patriots driven by their individual passion and talent are needed on all fronts, local and national. Individual initiative, a part of the American national character, powers this movement.

The only thing I would advise against is the formation of a national third party. It would split the conservative/libertarian vote, thus ensuring a Democrat victory. Remember the phrase "Not your dad's Chevrolet"? Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and company have an agenda far different from our parent's perception of the Democratic Party, which has become a haven for far-left radicals, socialists, secular progressives, and plain old America-haters.

While I admit that the Republicans are guilty of embracing a "liberal lite" agenda to win votes (which did not work -- John McCain, case in point), they lean closer to our values. Not one Republican voted for Harry Reid's health care horror. Frustrated, many of you yell, "There is no freaking difference between either party!" That simply is not true. Thus, our efforts are best served getting the Republican party back on track rather than forming a third party.

I realize that the idea of "We the People" starting a third party is romantic, seductive, and empowering. But it is living on Fantasy Island rather than in the real world. Running third-party candidate Ross Perot against George Bush, Sr. is how Bill Clinton, the long shot, won the election. Perot took votes from Bush more than from Clinton. Attempting to form a third party again would be like a movie sequel: "Ross Perot II: This Time, It's Devastating."

Now, while I am against forming a national third party, running third-party candidate Doug Hoffman in New York was a good thing. The Republicans betrayed us by selecting and heavily funding ($900,000) a leftist candidate, Dede Scozzafava, for New York's 23rd congressional district. We tea party patriots around the country just said, "No!" We rallied around Hoffman, sending national support and funds for the local race. Despite both parties ganging up on Hoffman (outrageously, Scozzafava, the Republican, dropped out and endorsed the Democrat), our Conservative third-party candidate nearly won. Hoffman's near-victory sent a powerful message to both parties. They now realize that we are a force to be reckoned with. There's a new sheriff in town whose name is the tea party movement.

I would be extremely leery of any self-appointed leader of the tea party movement. If we are to have a leader, his or her emergence will happen spontaneously via the people.

With great optimism and anticipation, I enter 2010. This is the year in which politicians who have ignored our voices and betrayed their duty to uphold the Constitution will experience the shock and awe of our wrath at the polls in November.

As to the theory that the Tea Party Movement needs a leader -- like the line in the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles that goes, "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges," I say, "Leader? We don't need no stinking leader!" We the people are doing just fine.

-Lloyd Marcus, (black) Unhyphenated American, singer/songwriter, entertainer, author, artist, and tea party patriot.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservativism

1 posted on 01/03/2010 11:17:41 PM PST by bogusname
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To: bogusname
-- like the line in the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles that goes, "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges,"

I agree with the main theme of the article but ... that line comes from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" with Humphrey Bogart. Not at all a comedy FWIW.

2 posted on 01/03/2010 11:26:18 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: bogusname

Tea Party is a popular movement. Popular movements lead from the bottom up. Any would-be leader is an impostor.


3 posted on 01/03/2010 11:29:06 PM PST by Tax Government (Democrats: dealers in economic crack.)
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To: bogusname

Not only does the Tea Party not need a leader, I suspect it would also be ill-served by becoming a real political party as well. Better to take over the existing Republican Party through sheer numbers.


4 posted on 01/03/2010 11:34:23 PM PST by The Duke
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To: TigersEye

“FWIW”

Thanks for the abbreviation I’ve never seen. Now I can use that one too. :)


5 posted on 01/03/2010 11:42:17 PM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: The Duke
>> Not only does the Tea Party not need a leader, I suspect it would also be ill-served by becoming a real political party as well. Better to take over the existing Republican Party through sheer numbers.

bttt
6 posted on 01/03/2010 11:46:11 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: bogusname

decentralized system works best over a centralized system.


7 posted on 01/03/2010 11:50:58 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: MestaMachine

Ping ping!


8 posted on 01/03/2010 11:53:19 PM PST by ROTB (Public Option vs. Insurance: Armed men at my door demanding payment vs a "bill")
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To: bogusname

Really? It’s very common. You done good figuring out what it means. ;^)


9 posted on 01/03/2010 11:56:40 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: The Duke

Amen! Time for the people to do their thing... Really tired of the old money purchasing votes system. High time for populace uprisings against this horribly corrupt system..


10 posted on 01/03/2010 11:57:00 PM PST by Deagle
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To: TigersEye

Well, I’m always a day late and a dollar short. Nah, I didn’t figure it out. I googled it.


11 posted on 01/04/2010 12:02:22 AM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: 4rcane; ROTB

A machine is the sum of its parts. One goes bad, the machine stops working. We need ALL of the parts working together to be effective. One bulldozer can have MANY drivers, but if the bulldozer don’t run, what good is ONE driver ar MANY drivers? Zilch.


12 posted on 01/04/2010 12:05:19 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: MestaMachine

The one person, one vote does tend to be a bit different as far as getting rid of the trash. Agree that it does eventually need a leader to be elected but today, that seems like a lost dream.


13 posted on 01/04/2010 12:10:27 AM PST by Deagle
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To: bogusname

Awesome editorial! Thanks for posting. I agree with 100% of it. We need to inspire new people to get into politics but within the 2-party system or it will all be over the next election. Once Obama rams his giveaways through there won’t be any productive people left in the country to vote him out. ACORN will have free reign.


14 posted on 01/04/2010 12:15:15 AM PST by BuckyKat
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To: bogusname; Lloyd Marcus
Attempting to form a third party again would be like a movie sequel: "Ross Perot II: This Time, It's Devastating."

Very true, but if the clueless GOP hoists another Compassionate Conservative, Flip-Flopping, Moderate RINO onto the ticket in 2012, the sequel will be: "John McCain II: The D.O.A. Express Refuelled"

15 posted on 01/04/2010 12:25:05 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Deagle; ROTB; blueyon; All

Some of us have been working on a far reaching plan to unify the parts as part II of the RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT. We expect to have it posted early in the week. Working together, there is NOTHING we can’t do.
We are gonna BURN DOWN THE TENT!
Watch for it.


16 posted on 01/04/2010 12:25:14 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: DTogo

We have a cure for that. You would be surprised what a determined strategy can do. What we will propose has never been tried before. It is new...and we think it will be golden.
Watch for it.


17 posted on 01/04/2010 12:28:09 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: MestaMachine

Sounds really good! Keep us posted...


18 posted on 01/04/2010 12:39:19 AM PST by Deagle
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To: Deagle

It IS good.

AND

You betcha!


19 posted on 01/04/2010 12:42:41 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: MestaMachine

Found the Facebook site and joined! You do really need to specify where and what is happening, and how to join...


20 posted on 01/04/2010 12:47:55 AM PST by Deagle
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To: Deagle; ROTB; blueyon; All
All will become clear, Grasshopper.
In the meantime:


Free Republic's Rino Free America Project (letter and comnments)


RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT By Request (Warning, graphics intensive.)


RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT on FACEBOOK

Also coming on Twitter....

21 posted on 01/04/2010 12:58:33 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: bogusname; Deagle; ROTB; blueyon; All
Ain't Got No Money...

GOP Financial Struggles Jeopardize 2010 House Election Bids

FOXNews.com

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the financial arm for GOP House campaigns, has raised less than a third as much money as its Democratic counterpart and ended 2009 with barely enough money to fully finance a single House race, Politico reported Sunday.

In the spirit of:


22 posted on 01/04/2010 1:47:05 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: MestaMachine

Heh...Love it!


23 posted on 01/04/2010 1:58:29 AM PST by Deagle
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To: MestaMachine

Hmmm. Could that be Sarah?


24 posted on 01/04/2010 1:59:14 AM PST by Deagle
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To: bogusname

On Jan. 16 in our home town their will be a tea party again the speaker this time will be Marco Rubio looking forward to attending and hearing the guest speakers.


25 posted on 01/04/2010 3:30:52 AM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: bogusname

“While I admit that the Republicans are guilty of embracing a “liberal lite” agenda to win votes (which did not work — John McCain, case in point)...”

I was reading here on FR yesterday that McCain has been accepting money from Soros and Co., so none of this “John McCain liberal lite” crap.


26 posted on 01/04/2010 3:31:52 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: bogusname

P.S.

Go here for the article that states McCain is accepting money from Soros:

“Rid the GOP of RINOs: Starting with McCain”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2418934/posts


27 posted on 01/04/2010 3:49:55 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: bogusname

Re
Leaderless Resistance....

http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2007/08/12/leaderless-resistance-by-louis-beam/


28 posted on 01/04/2010 4:45:22 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: gunnyg

Re Stang....

http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2008/03/01/leaderless-resistance/#more-1987


29 posted on 01/04/2010 4:51:14 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: gunnyg

Beware o.t. Red Dot....

http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/beware-of-the-red-dot-by-alan-stang-by-alan-stang-reposted/#more-7993


30 posted on 01/04/2010 4:53:32 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: TigersEye
that line comes from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" with Humphrey Bogart

perhaps, but it gained its notoriety from its reprise in Blazing Saddles

31 posted on 01/04/2010 4:58:56 AM PST by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: 4rcane

“decentralized system works best over a centralized system.”

Acorn wasn’t really centralized.


32 posted on 01/04/2010 5:26:16 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: gunnyg

Looks like LR is the last resort anyway!

The available pool of “leaders” is a p!sspoor choice.

The Chesty Pullers, Pattons, MacArthurs, Carlsons, etc. are long gone; military leaders w/potential have been systematically weeded out/purged so that all that’s left by the time of high rank are the “perfumed princes.” as Col Hackworth referred to them.

The available civilian types are, by now, nothing more than the useless, untalented offspring of the hippy, doper, gimmee-gimmee, etc. generations! Other than that, good people are fewand far between.

RL may be the only way.

Semper....
Dick G
*****


33 posted on 01/04/2010 5:54:31 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: bogusname
"After attending a Florida tea party, Rhonda Lochiatto, an elementary school teacher, decided to run for school board. In her own words, "I am tired of the mismanagement of funds that goes on in the school district and of the current policies and procedures that are taking place when it comes to grading, etc.""

Good for Rhonda, but local school boards have almost zero control over local schools. Government Schools are pure democratic socialism. They are unreformable, since they are founded on flawed, anti-human principles, like all other kinds of socialism and socialist institutions.

34 posted on 01/04/2010 6:01:15 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: MestaMachine
Some of us have been working on a far reaching plan to unify the parts as part II of the RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT. We expect to have it posted early in the week. Working together, there is NOTHING we can’t do. We are gonna BURN DOWN THE TENT! Watch for it.

PLEASE ping me when this gets posted!

35 posted on 01/04/2010 6:17:10 AM PST by azishot (HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!)
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To: bogusname
The Tea Party Movement Does Not Need a Leader.

The Tea Party Movement needs to produce candidates to *be* leaders at the local, state and national levels.


36 posted on 01/04/2010 6:22:26 AM PST by paulycy (AMERICA: Less safe. Less free. More broke.)
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To: bogusname

Lloyd makes a lot of sense because he knows his subject well. He’s an active, thoughtful Tea Partier.

Myself, I believe the New World Order owns both the Republican and the Democrat (no -ic) parties. Evidence of this is the smooth seamless flow of policy from one administration to the next one of a different party. Presidents of both parties leave our socialist institutions (SS, IRS, Federal Reserve and Medicare) undisturbed and fully participate in growing the federal government bigger during their terms. That includes even Reagan.

That means, were I to try to counteract this NWO/Marxist takeover of our government I would identify the specific members of the NWO - Soros, CFR, Bilderbergers, Masons, TLC, bankers - and attack them.

How to do that, I don’t know.


37 posted on 01/04/2010 6:48:45 AM PST by RoadTest (Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3)
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To: bogusname

The movement probably doesn’t need a “leader” per se but I’d sure like to see somebody who can crystallize the message so we’re all on the same page.


38 posted on 01/04/2010 6:51:59 AM PST by DNME (Remember, we are still under a state of national emergency for H1N1! Remain vigilant!)
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To: DTogo

I agree and disagree. I believe a third party can have a place in the Tea Party Revolution. It served us well in New York 23. A Third Party can focus on ignored issues and highlight what needs to be disgusted. Imagine Sarah Palin as a 3rd Party Presidential candidate in the debates? BUT you are also right that a Ross Perot style White House bid would not be helpful. Still, Ross gave us Clinton and Balanced budgets and welfare reform as well as a whole bunch of entertaining TV at the impeachment. Would Bush have Balanced the budget? I think not.
A 3rd Party must be used as a tool, club if you will, to keep the RINOs in line and help the Conservatives in power.
IF, and I only mean if, the Republicans refuse to reform. If the GOP forces another McCain/Dole down our throats then we will have no choice but to go third party or session and Civil War. A Republican RINO, a token old dude to stand against the Obama Machine, would mean 4 more years of the Worker’s paradise. That can’t happen. We are so passed the Ross Perot time. He talked about what awful things might have been—now we are living in that world. Don’t close the door to a 3rd Party but—know well its limitations and how it can be used to dismantle to corruption. Lets hope its not needed. BUT, if Sarah Palin is ignored by the GOP and IF she elects to go 3rd Party, I will go with her and so will many other Americans.


39 posted on 01/04/2010 7:38:37 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
We desperately need ANOTHER third party, these 40 aren’t enough

Plus, look how well these guys did:

1. America's Independent Party (2008)

2. Socialist Equality Party (2008)

3. Independence Party of America (2007)

4. Modern Whig Party (2007)

5. Jefferson Republican Party (2006)

6. Moderate Party (2006)

7. Boston Tea Party (2006)

8. New American Independent Party (2004)

9. Party for Socialism and Liberation (2004)

10. Unity Party of America (2004)

11. American Patriot Party (2003)

12. Veterans Party (2003)

13. Populist Party of America (2002)

14. America First Party (2002)

15. Marijuana Party (2002)

16. American Heritage Party (2000)

17. Independent American Party (1998)

18. Working Families Party (1998)

19. American Reform Party (1997)

20. Libertarian National Socialist Green Party (1997)

21. Reform Party of the United States of America (1995) - currently divided - two factions both named "Reform Party"

22. Labor Party (1995)

23. American 3rd Party (1990's)

24. Freedom Road Socialist Organization (1986)

25. Socialist Alternative (1986)

26. Socialist Action (1983)

27. Expansionist Party of the United States (1977)

28. Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (1975)

29. National Socialist Movement (1974)

30. New Union Party (1974)

31. Socialist Party of the United States of America (1973)

32. American Party (1969)

33. Youth International Party (commonly known as the Yippies) (1967)

34. Freedom Socialist Party (1966)

36. Workers World Party (1959)

37. Workers Party, USA (1940)

38. Socialist Workers Party (1938)

39. Communist Party USA (1919)

40. World Socialist Party of the United States (1916)

41. Socialist Labor Party (1876)

42. Prohibition Party (1867)

In the history of the United States, not a single third party has come close to winning the presidency,

only 7 third parties have even won a single state’s electoral votes and

only 5 third parties have won even 10% of the vote.”

There has been NO ACTUAL success of third parties. Those who argue that the Republican party itself was a successful third party movement, had best read the history of US political parties.

“The Whigs and Free-Soilers joined to form the Republican Party, which strongly supported the abolition of slavery.”

The Whig party, emerged out of the National Republican Party, and elected two presidents, William Henry Harrison (1840) and Zachary Taylor in (1848). Out of this base, the Free Soilers and the Know-Nothings, the new Republican Party was formed in 1854, and elected Lincoln (of course) in 1860.

http://www.edgate.com/elections/inactive/the_parties/

Thanks for the help SeattleBruce!

40 posted on 01/04/2010 7:55:22 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, islam will cover the earth with darkness for a thousand years.)
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To: MestaMachine
We have a cure for that
we will propose
we think it will be golden

Do you have a mouse in your pocket or are you just wee-weed up?

41 posted on 01/04/2010 7:59:45 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Balding_Eagle

So—what you are saying is that 3rd parties have no function. Perhaps you would like to Ban all 3rd Parties. Maybe we should pass a law saying that there shall only be Two Parties—Republican and Democrat. All other parties would just force a will for one of the two. Maybe the listed of 3rd Parties did serve as an outlet for new ideas and change. Maybe, times are different now—the Tea Parties are not the single issue creatures like the Prohibitionist Party of the Peace-Freedom parties. I would support a 3rd Party only if the Republicans do not change. But, I guess if we stick to the mantra of No 3rd Party—we will be forced to stick with corruption, RINOs and Democrat rule (in one form or another). I fear that if things do not change—it could lead to Civil War and Millions of deaths.


42 posted on 01/04/2010 8:12:06 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I didn’t say that we shouldn’t have third Parties, what I said was they don’t win.

Here are the facts, as listed at the end of my earlier post, what makes you think a new third party would perform any different?:


In the history of the United States, not a single third party has come close to winning the presidency,
only 7 third parties have even won a single state’s electoral votes and
only 5 third parties have won even 10% of the vote.

There has been NO ACTUAL success of third parties. Those who argue that the Republican party itself was a successful third party movement, had best read the history of US political parties.
The Whigs and Free-Soilers joined to form the Republican Party, which strongly supported the abolition of slavery.
The Whig party, emerged out of the National Republican Party, and elected two presidents, William Henry Harrison (1840) and Zachary Taylor in (1848). Out of this base, the Free Soilers and the Know-Nothings, the new Republican Party was formed in 1854, and elected Lincoln in 1860.


43 posted on 01/04/2010 8:29:45 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, islam will cover the earth with darkness for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I think you are limiting your historical perspectives. You are right that the 3rd Parties never win the White House but a number of Governors and congress critters have been elected from 3rd Parties. Their ideas have influenced American Political thinking. I see the 3rd Party as a way to seek reform, well needed reform, to end corruption. 3rd Parties are a means to protest and bring ideas to the table.


44 posted on 01/04/2010 9:17:51 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: bogusname

The only thing I would advise against is the formation of a national third party. It would split the conservative/libertarian vote, thus ensuring a Democrat victory.

-—**********-———

That’s exactly what is being proposed by the following group:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2419584/posts
Open for discussion

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2420304/posts
Proposed Tea Party Political Platform


45 posted on 01/04/2010 9:31:15 AM PST by deport (57 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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To: humblegunner

Nope. No mouse in my pocket. Some very good Freepers and Tea Party Patriots have put together an action plan that is new, vibrant, and comprehensive. It is all of us working together. We had to be able to spell it out and come to a consensus, which we have finally done. Now we are almost ready to launch. You might be very surprised at what we came up with.
FR has always been a bastion of ideas. Some exceptionally good thinkers here.
The idea behind it is to move the rinos out and retake the Republican Party piece by piece and state by state. We have the numbers. This is very possible. Witholding our donations from the national party and donating to specific candidates, nationalizing every seat, we rule.


46 posted on 01/04/2010 11:49:27 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: bogusname

Tea Party will lead itself by the IDEAS which are spawned from within itself.


47 posted on 01/04/2010 11:55:38 AM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: TheRightGuy

Oh. I guess it’s time to watch Blazing Saddles again. Couldn’t hurt me.


48 posted on 01/04/2010 3:40:39 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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