On Monday I wrote about how a not so insubstantial percentage of the population (roughly two-thirds) have said they would vote for a third party candidate, and that roughly 50% of the population believe that a third party is needed today in American politics. Sadly though, due to the media essentially ignoring those numbers and continuing to feed into the current two parties, thus enforcing that there are only two political colors in America – red or blue – thus leaving this too large to ignore percentage of American voters with the belief that those are the only choices out there.
Whether or not the media is sticking their head in the sand, with the hopes that those statistics are an anomaly, or if they are actually in cahoots with those who wish to keep the red and blue gravy train rolling, or whatever other lack of any significant coverage of this heightened sense of dissatisfaction is entirely up to you and your feelings.
Obviously if you are firmly in the red or blue camp then you are probably tickled pink that “outsiders” are, for all intents and purposes, barred from participating in any sizable or substantive discussion, or debate in America’s political sandbox. If you are one of the 45 million and growing registered independents (that’s about as many people who are registered Republicans) then you are left with having to choose what you more than likely perceive to be the lesser of two evils whenever you go to vote; and thus with a continued sense of dissatisfaction and a feeling of essentially being ignored. Finally if you are already a member of any of the numerous third parties out there, well, you are certainly being ignored, or simply given lip service from those so called journalists; who apparently have given up on any sort of investigative journalistic practices in favor of grabbing the low hanging fruit that lies in social media and simply covering the status quo – I guess because it is cheaper and easier to do so.
Take for example the third largest political party in America, the Libertarian Party, and their viable and electable Presidential candidate, former two-term governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson (Romney could only muster one term in Massachusetts, due to a high unfavorable rating) . When people who aren’t familiar with this party’s platform are introduced to it, it is generally seen in a very positive way; it is after all based on the founding principles of America, and yet for whatever reason the Libertarian Party struggles to get any kind of attention or respect – due in no small part to the media’s blind-eye.
Given the heightened unfavorable view of the two current parties, and all of the branches of our government; only 9% of Americans view congress favorably (I’m going to guess that 9% would be members of congress and their staffs), both Obama’s or Romney’s favorability ratings are below 50%, and while I haven’t seen any statistics I have a suspicion that the Supreme Court’s favorability rating has to be below 50% too; given this level of displeasure with the current situation, and that nearly two-thirds of Americans want another choice, you would think that a the largest third party, with arguably its most electable and experienced candidate in quite some time, would certainly be becoming a force to be reckoned with – but it isn’t.
Well, that is about to change, because the Libertarian Party has launched its largest and most concerted effort in 14 years to get more of those disaffected voters who have abandoned either the red or the blue party to become members of the Libertarian Party.
The name of the campaign is called Double the LP, with the goal being exactly what the name says, which is to double that party’s membership. They’re putting the finishing touches on a website (www.doublethelp.com) that explains the party, this campaign, and also provides tools and resources to help those who want to be more involved in the Libertarian Party and actively recruit new members; and they have set it up to where it can all be done simply with a few clicks on your mouse, in as little as three minutes. This campaign is designed to where those who participate can be as active as they feel comfortable with. If you can only get one other person to join, the party is very happy with that, if you are an excellent promoter and extremely outgoing and get 100 people to join the party is also very happy with that too.
As mentioned earlier, the obvious goal is of course doubling the size of the Libertarian Party, as the name of this campaign implies, the hope is also that the increased size and activity of the Libertarian Party will also finally get the party more media exposure too. I think it is fairly obvious that both the red and blue camps are already fairly well represented in the media with each camp essentially having their own 24 hour news networks in MSNBC and Fox News, so trying to get not just a third voice, but a different voice out there is pretty darn hard to do; and it won’t really happen until that third or different voice has enough supporters behind it to where it cannot be patronized, placated, or ignored any longer.
So for those who feel like they have been abandoned in a political desert by both the red or blue parties, check out the Libertarian Party, if you like what that party stands for, then become a member; and take advantage of the tools and resources available on www.doublethelp.com to encourage others to learn about the Libertarian Party and join too. I mean what is the worse that could happen except maybe a more diverse, and meaningful discourse in our country’s politics? Given the fact of the embarrassingly low favorability levels of our elected officials I think it is time that we start looking for alternatives to the status quo and since we aren’t getting any help from the media, then it is going to have to be done by We the People.
If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger. (Hubert H. Humphrey)