Over the last year interest in alternative political parties in the United States has skyrocketed. The American public is ready for a new political party.
Why? Why is now the time for a new party to emerge in American politics?
1. More Americans are independents than ever before
Since 1988 Gallup has polled Americans about their party preference. 2016 marked the most Independents in the United States since the poll began.
Not only that, there are way more Independents than in either major party. While 42% of Americans are Independents only 29% identified as Democrats and 26% as Republicans. Independents don’t just beat the other parties in membership, they overwhelm it.
Americans simply aren’t finding a political party they are comfortable aligning with. No wonder they are desperately searching for one.
2. It’s time for a third party
During the 20th century, third parties mounted significant bids for the presidency in 1912, 1924, 1948, 1968, and 1992. The pattern has tended to be every twenty or twenty-four years. Appropriately twenty-four years since the last significant challenger, the American people are looking for a shake up to the political status-quo.
But each of these challengers either won electoral votes, or in 1992 won 19% of the vote. This election does not seem poised to meet either of those modest benchmarks. Meaning the American public will go without a legitimate new party voice for longer than they had over the last century!
3. The parties are realigning
What does it mean to be a Republican or a Democrat? The answer is increasingly nebulous. Writers from Politico, the Washington Post and others are increasingly calling this a realignment for the two parties.
The parties are realigning both in membership and policy. While the Obama coalition starts to become permanent for the Democrats, rural whites are coalescing in ever greater numbers for Republicans.
And while Republicans have long been the party of the free market, they are now supporting protectionist trade policies. Meanwhile the Democrats who have long preached restraint in foreign affairs are running a war hawk for president.
This realignment will naturally leave many Americans looking for a new political home. When combined with the huge number of Americans already not aligned with a political party we are looking at a near future where both political parties combined barely represent half of Americans.
4. There is broad dissatisfaction with the current parties
Not only are Americans leaving political parties at historic rates, even those who stay don’t like them. I could regale you with the polling data, but do you really need it? Americans simply do not like either major party.
And if that’s not enough, when we actually put these people to work we are disgusted. Congress has an approval rating of 13%, worse than lice, colonoscopies, and Genghis Khan. Elected Democrats and Republicans simply aren’t delivering what the American people expect.
5. Uniquely unqualified candidates
Many Americans focus the most on politics every four years during the presidential election. And those who have turned in are aghast. For the first time since 1820, one presidential candidate is running essentially unopposed. And the one viable candidate is untrusted by 70% of Americans!
The Republican’s candidate meanwhile has insulted prisoners of war, fallen soldiers, the disabled, and won’t rule out a nuclear attack against Europe.
No one who is paying any attention should be surprised that Americans are turning to third parties. Unfortunately the new party options in the United States today are running backwards. Rather than working from the ground up, finding and running qualified local candidates, they are running vanity presidential candidates.
And the most popular third parties today are on the ideological fringes, whereas today’s independents are overwhelmingly moderate.
It is time to begin building a national moderate party. And we need your help. Sign up for the Modern Whig Party today.