We Need a Third Political Party, Maybe Even a Fourth

Our two main political parties once cooperated to govern the country. Now, according to reports, Democrats and Republicans are hardening to the extent that parents supporting one party become upset if their children wish to marry someone from the other party.

Third parties have been around for a long time, but they tend to focus on a few issues. What if enough brave politicians (hopefully this term is not an oxymoron) broke off from one or, better, both political parties, to form a true third party. This party would not be tied to a few particular issues but have a broad agenda like Democrats and Republicans do now, but a moderate one.

This new party would be a centrist party. As a minority third party, members would often hold the deciding votes on congressional legislation. They would shore up either Democrats or Republicans at different times, depending on a need to swing left or right to correct extremist views. A third party would polish off the hard edges of polarization and enable Congress to function again.

It might attract those who are so turned off by traditional political parties that they don’t vote.

Alternatively, we might create not one, but two political parties. One would be center left and one center right. They would counteract swings to hard left or hard right.

We need another party (or two) for better choices.

3 thoughts on “We Need a Third Political Party, Maybe Even a Fourth

  1. Neva Corbin

    The possible parental opposition to a “mixed marriage,” i.e., Democrat and Republican, reminds me of a conversation I once had with an Irish man, who was from the Republic of Ireland. He said that he didn’t think he would even bother to date a woman from Northern Ireland. Remember when Protestants thought it was the end of the world if their progeny married a Catholic?

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    1. Ann Gaylia O'Barr Post author

      We keep finding new divisions. In politics, though, we don’t have to go along with the blunt instruments we now have. We can form new alliances—and at least publically and civilly discuss issues with those with whom we disagree—if we’re courageous enough to do so.

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