How I came across this piece, from The Lantern (student paper for Ohio State University), but I did just the same. In it, the author argues that more Republicans will be jumping ship for the smoother sailing of the Democratic party, namely Olympia Snowe of Maine. Well, that’s all fine and good. The author, Mr. Jack Millman who is a junior majoring in political science, argues that Republicans need a massive disaster to the economy to retake their place of dominance in the American Legislative and Executive branches.
What Mr. Millman seems to not understand is that there is a third option. You see, people can easily blame this current mess on the Republicans, and the Democrats will hammer that into people’s heads over the course of a campaign. When this mess isn’t better, and I don’t think it will be, Republicans can hammer the concept that Democrat ideology won’t get us out of this mess either. They will sling mud until the cows come home, blaming one another for the economy, and God forbid we have another terrorist attack, because they’ll blame one another for that one too.
Meanwhile, there’s the Libertarian Party and our candidates. You see, we had no hand in this mess. Our hands are clean on this, and anything else that people are mad about when the elections roll around. We can honestly point out how none of the things we are proposing were actually done prior to this mess, so how can anyone say they won’t work?
People are mad at the Republicans. I feel they’ll soon be mad at the Democrats as well. When that happens, the alternative parties such as the LP, the Green Party, and the Constitutional Party have a much stronger chance of making inroads against the Big Two. Alternative parties haven’t screwed things up yet, and when elected they have this annoying tendency to do exactly what they were elected to do. Novel concept, isn’t it?
Right now, people are sticking to the two party system because that’s what they know. However, once people start understanding that there are alternatives, things can change for the positive. We can go after these politicians and remove them from office, and do so in a way that they won’t be replaced by someone who may actually be worse!