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Ron Fournier, in National Journal, Considers Rise of a New Major Party Possible

Published on January 14, 2013, by in General.

Ron Fournier has this essay in National Journal. Near the bottom, he suggests reasons why a new major political party in the U.S. is not entirely implausible. Fournier is the former Associated Press Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief, and now writes for National Journal.

The article’s title is misleading. Even if one major party died off and were replaced by another, that would not alter the existence of the two-party system. “Two-party system”, a term invented in 1911 to describe the British political system, simply means a system in which two particular parties are substantially larger than the other parties. Thanks to Peter Gemma for the link.

2 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    Since 1914 – WW I — MORE or LESS control freak STATISM.

    i.e. more or less TAXES/Borrowing to put cash into the pockets of Govt LOOTER GANGS

    — Govt officers, employees, contractors, welfare and interest getters.

    See what the LOOTERS have done in Detroit since 1953 — a mere 61 (repeat 61) percent of the 1950 human population dead or moved out.

    Possible ZERO human population by 2050 — with Mother Nature animals and plants taking over the ruins.

  2. Baronscarpia

    More than the title is misleading.

    From the article:

    “5. The parties are weakened. For a variety of reasons, the Democratic and Republican structures no longer have a monopoly on the ability to raise money, broadcast messages, and organize activists.”

    Fournier cites not a single one of his “variety” of reasons to support the absurd claim that the two major parties no longer have a monopoly on the ability to raise money. I’ll give him the ability to organize activists, and perhaps get message in front of more people than previously possible, but raise money in amounts sufficient to compete with the two major parties? Please. Be serious…and pass the bong, Ron.

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