Hypothetical Third Party Politics

For my next book, I need a third political party in the US.* Do I: 1) revive the Bull-Moose party, 2) elevate a current third party or 3) invent a new one? I’m leaning towards option one, the Bull-Moose party, as a moderate majority between the Social Democrats (who are actual liberals with a european-style social welfare platform) and a GOP full of lunatics and klansmen. The way I see it, the Bull-Moose Party would absorb the fiscally conservative but sane moderates from both the GOP and Dems, leaving the liberals to form a Social Democratic party while the GOP remains a marginal party full of crazies and racists (that is: unchanged). This would better dramatize the peculiar politics of America in the 21st century, without getting into the false dichotomy of left/right ideology. Any suggestions?

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*This is of course a science fiction novel. I don’t for a minute think a working three party model would ever take hold here in the real world, at least not without military intervention, possibly by the benevolent army of Canada, who sweep down from the North to save our asses after we immolate our entire infrastructure over fear that possessing running water and electricity is the foothold of Dread Socialism.

6 thoughts on “Hypothetical Third Party Politics”

  1. Canada has an army?!

    Seriously, Bill Maher has called for a new third party on his show several times as of late. I have let my mind wander and imagined what it would be like if Bill Maher’s party ruled the U.S. :) LOL!

    I love post-apocalyptic sci-fi and could see us being ruled by the Fundies – all it would take is a couple of terrorist attacks on American soil and we’d be stoning people in the town square!

  2. Indeed, Canada has the most polite army int he world. They say please before they drop bombs.

    Alas, turning into Gilead would be all too possible for the US. Some part sof the South already are half way there.

    On a completely unrelated note, my captcha word was “witch”

  3. The Republican Party has already regressed to the American [Know Nothing] Party of the early 19th century, and the Democratic Party is on the verge of splintering, so I would assume that a leftwing party, a real Liberal Party, is the most probable, with the Democrats remaining as a centrist party.

    The Progressive [Bull Moose] Party, like the Reform Party of Ross Perot were too tied to an individual to be viable.

    The Greens are too eco-centered to become a major party in the US.

  4. Good point about the personality-driven angle of the Bull-Moose Party. The only problem is, I don’t see even the sane Republicans defecting to the Democratic Party. So I need both a Liberal Party and a new Moderate Party.

  5. You may be too young to remember, but the Democratic Party was once the party of Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, and most of what sane people consider the whacko Southern conservatives. Tricky Dick Nixon lured them into the Republican Party. Some of the Blue Dog Democrats are vestiges of that era.

    With the conservative segment of the Democratic Party now in functional control of the levers of power since the election of Obama and his remaking of the Democratic National Committee, the void is on the Left.

    There is no national party for liberals/progressives and we really need one to balance the electorate.

    I could envision a Liberal Party on the left, the Democratic Party as the center right, and the Republican Party as the far right.

    In most of the world, the Democratic Party would be the Conservative Party. We don’t have an equivalent to any of the left wing parties in Europe. and I’m not talking about the socialist or communist parties, but a mainstream leftist party, center left, if you will.

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