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Despite Az’s many independents, 3rd parties still face long odds

Marc Victor’s spokesman is realistic: The Libertarian nominee does not expect to break through the high-profile Senate standoff between Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona. It’s not for lack of trying. But with limited resources – the Arizona Libertarian Party reported spending just $1 on campaigns since August – there is only so much a third-party candidate can do.... Read more»

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Nov 7, 2012, 4:56 pm
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I’ve long been an outspoken critic of the two-party system that has hijacked the government in this country and completely perverted our intended system of government far away from the original vision for it.

I’m a centrist independent, so of course I support the causes of other independents, and many of those in so-called “third parties”. Of course the media’s refusal to cover “third-party” candidates is a huge part of the problem. But, there’s plenty of blame to go around…

The Green party just needs to go, as do all of their members. Anytime a shill for the big-two wants to make an argument about wasting a vote, all they have to do is point to Dave Croteau or Mary DeCamp and it would be a convincing argument. The Green Party is nothing more than a mockery of a political party, and a waste of all of our time.

Part of the blame can be placed on people like Blanca Guerra, or even Pat Buchanan, when they jump to third parties just because their own big-two party didn’t do what they wanted it to do. Libertarians, a party I do mostly support (not always agree with, but support), has a hard time gaining credibility when their ballot lines are hijacked by those who would otherwise be part of the two-party machine.

And, part of the blame can be placed on infighting of the third party movement. The Reform Party once had great momentum…so much so that I was once a member of it. Jesse Ventura got elected governor of Minnesota under that party. But just two years later it went all to shit because of the Haegan/Buchanan dual-primary fiasco…that’s when I left. Ventura did, too, while he was still in office.

These problems all sort of tie in to each other. In the case of the reform party, if they could have found a way to keep out the really-republican-Buchanan, the infighting would have never happened. But, at that, the Reform party members forgot what it is they were fighting for…a real, viable alternative to the two-party machine.

Part of the tie-in is Ventura’s gubernatorial term. The Minnesota media HATED that a third-party candidate defeated both of their darlings. So, even though Ventura ended up being great governor and left a proud legacy, the media would never acknowledge that. Rather, they spent four years constantly hounding him, criticizing him, nitpicking him, and outright disparaging him. I guarantee you that if Ventura did everything the same, but was one of the big-two, he would have been treated A LOT better by the local media.

I guess a good start to turn things around is to somehow develop a standard that it is OK to change parties if your views evolve (as I did), but it’s not OK to change parties just because you want to be on a ballot and your own party didn’t let you.

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Like many third-party candidates, Marc Victor, the Libertarian nominee for Senate from Arizona, faces long odds despite the relatively high number of unaffiliated voters in the state.


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