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Want to support a third party? Here are your options (31 items)

By , Deseret News

Jan. 16, 2014

With Gallup's recent revelation that 42 percent of Americans identify themselves politically as "independent," the prospect of the emergence of a major third party suddenly seems more real. But which party will swoop in to claim the 42 percent that don't affiliate themselves with either Democrats or Republicans? We've compiled a list of 31 political parties that believe themselves to be a viable option for "the other party."

1 of 31. Prohibition Party

Founded in 1869.

Platform: As of 2012, the party's official platform stretches well beyond simply advocating for the prohibition of alcohol and other drugs. It also supports a voluntary federal Social Security System and "the completion of the fortified fence along America’s southern border."

However, the party recognizes that "the alcohol issue sets this unique Party apart from all others."

Visit their official website for more information.

2 of 31. Communist Party USA

Founded in 1919.

Platform: The preamble to the party's constitution states that "the living standards of workers and the natural environment on which life depends are under constant attack due to the drive for maximum profits inherent in capitalism."

The constitution then lists the key values to their party's beliefs: jobs and economic security, a decent and rising standard of living, peace, justice, equality, a sustainable environment, gay rights, health care, education, affordable housing, the needs of seniors, democracy, and a fulfilling life for everyone.

Visit their official website for more information.

3 of 31. Workers World Party

Founded in 1959.

Platform: According to the party's website, the party fights for prisoners' rights and amnesty, an end to imperialist wars and occupations and an end to the death penalty. The party also demands many economic rights, such as free health care and food.

Visit their official website for more information.

4 of 31. World Union of National Socialists

Founded in 1962.

Platform: National Socialism, or as it is more common called, Nazism, is white supremacy party that believes "Adolf Hitler was the gift of an inscrutable Providence to a world on the brink of Zionist -Bolshevik catastrophe."

The World Union of National Socialists is an attempt to unify all the various local National Socialist parties worldwide."

Visit their official website for more information.

5 of 31. Socialist Equality Party

Founded in 1966.

Platform: According to the party's "Statement of principles, members accept "the political authority of the International Committee of the Fourth International, the World Party of Socialist Revolution founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938."

Like many other socialist parties included on this list, the Socialist Equality Party fights primarily against capitalism, imperialism and "opportunism." The purpose of the party, according to their website, is "to educate and prepare the working class for the revolutionary struggle against capitalism, the establishment of workers' power and the creation of a socialist society."

Visit their official website for more information.

1. snowyphile
Jemez Springs, NM,
Jan. 17, 2014

Voting accomplishes next to nothing when one has a federal government like ours. Of course, one can try to stave off lamebrains, but it's too much to hope for for Congress to do our bidding. Switzerland demonstrates the feasibility of democracy. Their parliamentarians serve their constituents and only their constituents. They have referenda several times a year. Switzerland goes about things judiciously, while the US is effectively DUI, doing donuts, and its citizens will pay -- unless they take the wheel.

2. Lillith70
Jan. 17, 2014

To vote third party is to make sure that Hillary Clinton gets elected in 2016. A third party candidate would lack party machine and infrastructure--support in the trying times,

Voting "for the man" is rather ignorant since how can we know "the man" without knowing party platforms and goals and past performance?

The Ross Perot effect of the election with Bill Clinton gave him the election with 49% of the vote. During that administration a first lady, a Marxist with also sealed college theses tried to implement universal health Care and failed due to a GOP Congress even with liberal partisan press.

Want third party (ies)? Get the dem and GOP parties to make the elections if any candidate has less than 50% be a runoff with the top 2 candidates. In a runoff, GHWB would have defeated war protestor and Russian visitor, Bill Clinton, handily.

Ross Perot now wishes he hadn't run. Stars in their eyes voters may or may not realize their error since Newt Gingriches contract with America young, eager Freshmen managed to keep Bill and Hill fiscally responsible.

Becareful what you wish for, you may get it. IMO a President Romney would have had us on road to recovery.

3. J-TX
Allen, TX,
Jan. 17, 2014

I could get behind the Whig, Constitution, Reform or Libertarian Party. But if they got too much power, they would be corrupted just like the current D's and R's.

But I sure would like to VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS and start over.....

4. J-TX
Allen, TX,
Jan. 17, 2014

Lillith - I voted for Perot for the same reasons I voted for Romney. Economic knowledge.

At least with Clinton we got a balanced budget for 5 years, something that is crucial if the US is to survive the next 25 years economically.

You can tell me I wasted my vote. But you are wrong. I voted for the best candidate. Too bad the rest of America is too stupid to do likewise.

The Kardashian generation is always looking for a charismatic, sound bite spewing mannequin. Then, after the election, all reverts to inaction - just perpetuating the rich guy on the hill syndrome.....

5. bandersen
Saint George, UT,
Jan. 17, 2014

stupid, stupid, stupid! How about every one forgetting about any party, waking up and kneeling in prayer,reading the Constitution, and getting a life?