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national party conventions

Updated on August 20, 2013

the national party conventions

They are part business meeting, part negotiation, part fight, part Toastmasters, part filibuster, part model United Nations, part film festival, part press junket, part circus, part spectacle, part family reunion, part party (though some of the wild partying has been toned down), part pep rally, part church service, part marching band drum corps, part vacation, and part reward for the party members who earned a trip to represent their state.

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Editor's note -- Do not let children or sensitive people watch this video.

duopoly versus third parties

Largest third parties (voter registration over 100,000)

Libertarian Party - Libertarianism, laissez-faire, pro-civil rights

Green Party - Green politics, eco-socialism (this plank keeps them from getting candidates elected), progressivism [a lot of people are still mad at them for causing George W. Bush to get into office instead of Al Gore] Why can't they work inside the Democratic and Republican parties like the libertarians and Tea Party?

Constitution Party - Social conservatism, religious right, paleoconservatism (neo-Nazis)

Smaller third parties by ideology

America/American -- most parties that call themselves America First Party, American Party or America's Party are right-wing conservative


Most of these parties are independent, reject right-left politics or don't have a party platform.

Citizens Party

Independence Party of America

Modern Whig Party

Reform Party -- they blew it when they let in Pat Buchanan (fascist on The McLaughlin Group)

Unity Party of America

Moderate Party -- affiliates in Illinois, Alaska and Rhode Island

Peace and Freedom Party -- Social democracy, Feminism, Environmentalism, Racial equality

Justice Party USA -- social democracy, social liberalism, environmentalism, American progressivism, populism

American Populist Party -- grass roots, independent and non-aligned

Prohibition Party -- against alcohol, tobacco, gambling, illegal drugs, pornography, and commercialized vice. The party earned only 643 votes in the 2008 presidential election. I wonder why.

Pirate Party of the United States -- On the negative side, Pirates are for hijacking ships, hacking into your computer and accounts, causing destruction, turning people into gadgets (Borg), body piercing, invasion of your privacy, and stealing intellectual property from inventors (for corporate aggrandizement). But on the positive side; they are against corporate personhood and corporate welfare and for a pro-Science approach to government, what they call "evidence-based policy". With friends like these, the USA will never rid itself of the scourge of corporate personhood.


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National Prohibition Convention 1892

photo credit: Barnum & Cumback, Indianapolis, Indiana


Socialist Party USA convention - (explains the almost-empty room)

photo credit: King Vegita

Libertarian Party convention

photo credit: James Gholston

Libertarian Party National convention

source: Bob Barr

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DNC convention program cover


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Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political Parties

Bill Moyers talks with Mike Lofgren, a long-time Republican who describes the modern dysfunction of both the Republican and Democratic parties. In Lofgren’s view, Republicans have become overly obsessed with obstructing President Obama, and the Democrats suffer from political complacency. Lofgren’s new book is The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.


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