Archive for May 13, 2011
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The Political Platypus: Amy Myers vs. Rep. Michele Bachmann
New Jersey high schooler Amy Myers has an idea, and like all high schoolers with an idea, she started up a Facebook page to promote it.
Amy Myers wants to debate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Bat Guano Crazy) on the U.S. Constitution.
Ms. Myers’ letter appears in full after the jump.
In light of a recent Gallup poll which reveals that 52% of Republicans and a full 60% of Tea Party members now want a third political party, this is perhaps a good time to take a very brief look at the history and future prospects of third parties in American politics.
Third party politics were the political norm in the United States throughout much of the 19th century, consisting of the Democrats who appeared around 1832, the Republicans who followed a couple of decades later, and a series of populist and special interest parties who were able to command a significant portion of the vote. Eventually the two major parties organized and gained strength, edging out the various other groups and coalescing into the dominant two-party system that now controls American politics. Since then, a long procession of third parties has had only passing impact.
After last week’s excitement, this week seems positively dull. But today is Friday the 13th. Who knows what will happen?
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