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.

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Three’s A Crowd

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.

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Open Mic May 13

After last week’s excite­ment, this week seems pos­i­tively dull. But today is Fri­day the 13th. Who knows what will happen?

Don’t see an arti­cle on a par­tic­u­lar topic, but want to talk about it any­where? This is Open Mic. Talk about what­ever you want, but stay respectful.

We cre­ate a new Open Mic every week to give a clean slate, but feel free to add to this topic at any time.

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