The Presidential Elections: 3rd Parties

By Jack D.

If you know anything about politics, you know about Republicans and Democrats. But, if you’re not very interested in them, you might not know that there are many more. And, if you follow Kanye West, you’ll know about one, the Birthday party. That one doesn’t really count though, since he’s really independent. Some of the real ones include: Reform, Libertarian, Socialist, Natural Law, Constitution, and the Green party. These are all political parties that can have a presidential candidate.

In this article, we’ll talk about them 1 by 1. So, in their own words, let’s hear from each party…

  • Reform: The Reform party stand for helping the economy and the middle class. They also believe in creating more jobs for the middle class. They think that the USA is more divided than ever, and they want to change that. (https://reformparty.org/about-reform-party)
  • Libertarian: “The Libertarian party envision a pluralist, cosmopolitan society united by commerce and travel, not divided by nationalistic antagonisms. They also believe that people claiming the right to infringe upon our liberty carry the burden of explaining why they’re entitled to do so.” (https://www.libertarianism.org/what-is-a-libertarian)
  • Socialist: “The Socialist party strives to establish a radical democracy that places people’s lives under their own control — a classless, feminist, socialist society free of racism, sexism, homophobia or transphobia, in which people cooperate at work, at home, and in the community.” (https://www.socialistpartyusa.net)
  • Natural Law: “The Natural Law Party is a United States political party affiliated with the international Natural Law Party. It was founded in 1992 and was dissolved in many areas beginning in 2004. The party proposed that political problems could be solved through alignment with the ‘Unified Field’ of all the laws of nature through the use of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs.” (https://www.loc.gov/item/lcwaN0011634)
  • Constitution: The Constitution party supports “the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions.” (https://ballotpedia.org/Constitution_Party)
  • Green: “The Green party seeks to dissolve the grip of the ideology, intoned by big-money interests for more than twenty years that government is intrinsically undesirable and destructive of liberty and that elected officials should rightly “starve the beast” by slashing all spending on social program, in the name of freedom. Greens will crack down on political corruption and strengthen the voice of the people at all levels of government. One of their key values is respect for diversity. They are committed to establishing relationships that honor diversity; that support the self-definition and self-determination of all people; that consciously confront the barriers of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, class oppression, ageism, and ableism, and the many ways that our culture and laws separate us from working together.” (https://www.gp.org/democracy and https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjCivilRights)

That’s the basic information you should know about the USA’s 3rd parties and what they stand for. If you find that you don’t fully agree with Republicans or Democrats, you may fit in with these. There are may websites that can help you research them, and I hope you had a good time reading!

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