Jill Cannot Win, But We Can Grow the Greens

jillIn all of American history there has never been a third party candidate elected to the presidency. The closest a third party ever came to capturing the White House was in 1912, when Teddy Roosevelt led the Bull Moose (Progressive) party. Even though he was a former president and a national hero, he was unable to break the stranglehold of the two party system.

Third parties only become major parties when one the the major parties ceases to exist, as was the case when the Republicans were created out of the Whigs. The structure of the American political system makes it impossible for a third party candidate to win the presidency, as an absolute majority of electoral votes must be won or the race is thrown into the House of Representatives. There, each state gets one vote, decided by the majority of each state’s delegation of Members of Congress.

For a third party to succeed, it would have to already have a substantial congressional presence.

Growing the Greens should be the goal of this election cycle, not winning the White House.

I urge progressives to vote Trump in swing states and Jill everywhere else.

The Democrats may implode and make way for the Greens, the Republicans and Democrats may effectively merge into right of center party. The Democrats may return to the progressive party it was under Roosevelt and Stevenson.

But whatever happens, progressives will be aided by a Trump presidency, and they will be thwarted by a Hillary one.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Jill Cannot Win, But We Can Grow the Greens

  1. That’s the kind of statement that keeps people from recognizing Jill Stein as a viable candidate for the 2016 election. Shame on you. with all of the crap that is going on and with clinton’s poor health that Jill has a real chance of being elected. Dick Warren

    Voting is People Power that Kicks Corporate America out of Congress VoterNinja.com

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    • She is not a viable candidate. And it is deceitful to suggest she is. I wish the Greens were able to win. But to do so they would need to win a majority of the electoral votes against the Democrats and Republicans. At this writing, the Greens are no higher than 3% in the polls. They are not ahead in a single state. If no candidate receives 270 electoral votes, the race is thrown into the House where each state delegation casts one vote. The Greens haven’t a single Member in the House, let alone a plurality of state delegations.

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    • Lincoln was not a third party candidate. The major parties in 1850 were the Democrats and the Whigs. In 1854 the Republican were founded out of the Whigs and anti-slavery Democrats. In 1860 The Republicans were the major party, as the Democrats has split between the Northern and Southern Democrats.

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