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Do you support the "Americans Elect " 3rd party movement?

  1. Mighty Mom profile image92
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    I read about this yesterday and must admit, I felt optimistic for the first time in a long time.
    Anyone else think a centrist candidate outside the 2-party system, nominated by the PEOPLE, is a smart idea?
    Why or why not?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opini … edman.html

  2. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    Interesting.

  3. livelonger profile image89
    livelongerposted 5 years ago

    I don't think it would work. In our system, the coalition building always happens before the election. Unless it got some huge infusion of cash from somewhere, I think it would be a small party that never gains power.

    Ironic, since most Americans are in the center...but...

    I'm personally hoping that the GOP nominates some crazy, right-wing loon like Perry or Bachmann, he/she gets trounced in the polls, and they return to the center, so we can have meaningful debates on policy again. It's been a long time.

    1. Mighty Mom profile image92
      Mighty Momposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      That's the wild thing about Americans Elect.
      This movement IS being funded -- in significantly large $$ amounts.
      What I read said that big name donors are maintaining their privacy (for obvious reasons).
      IDK.
      There is a lot of disenchantment with Obama, and not all of it can be blamed on the Tea Party influence on Congress.

      Third-party "spoilers" have had an impact on elections in the past (although I don't any,including Perot) have actually "lost" an election for anyone.

      It's an interesting concept, anyway.

      1. Stacie L profile image88
        Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        with the country so divided it may catch on..

      2. livelonger profile image89
        livelongerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, an interesting concept.

        I wonder if it actually got steam how it would really change things.

        I'm not sure I'd want yet another party to the right of Obama - to me, he's already quite far enough to the right - but maybe that's just me.

  4. Mighty Mom profile image92
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/25/393384 … -flop.html

    Here. This expands a little more on who is behind the movement.

    1. Stacie L profile image88
      Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      well i read the article and no one knows who is donating and who is the candidate yet.
      as long as it isn't Ralph Nader again,I'll be happy..wink

      1. Mighty Mom profile image92
        Mighty Momposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        LOL.
        Is he even still around?
        I would be excited if it were Bloomberg.
        Or I just saw tonight a "Draft Matt Damon" post.
        Now that would be a good choice!!

        1. lovemychris profile image81
          lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          He wrote a book called How the Rich Can Save America (or something like that)...saw him on a panel with Ted Turner.

          The thing is.....I voted for him--was sick of both "corporate parties". But til the day my dad died, he always said: "Thanks a lot...you helped elect Bush."

          Vote of conscience???? And look at the result.

          1. Mighty Mom profile image92
            Mighty Momposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I don't get that logic.
            Gore still won the popular vote.
            If your dad wanted to blame anyone try katherine harris or the SCOTUSl]

            1. lovemychris profile image81
              lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              No Kidding!!

              But he didn't believe in "conspiracies". wink

              1. Mighty Mom profile image92
                Mighty Momposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Really?
                Not even the JFK assassination?

 
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