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Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 04:05 PM PST

The Three Party System

by FredAndLunchbox

It looks like the newest Grand Bargain might once again fail to pass the house, and with good reason. It's becoming all the more apparent that one crucially important group isn't being represented when congressional leaders meet: The Tea Party.

In our current structure of majority and minority, this new third party lacks that negotiating power to influence the discussion, but has a stranglehold on the passage of bills. And with this position, they've held both the less-radical members of the GOP and the entire American economy hostage. This coup d'├ętat is indicative of a growing fissure within the Republican party. It is the Tea Party living up to its name, openly revolting over their lack of representation within the GOP, and much like the Tea Party of 1773 led to a new country, this revolt has only one unavoidable conclusion: the formation of a new conservative party.

Although they formed as an anti-liberal voice, the Tea Party has truly become a greater threat to the Republicans than the Dems. If they do break away, conservative voters will be forced to choose between two candidates, whereas liberals can still muster the support to get behind one. Splitting the vote will make it impossible to compete on the national stage, and could cause serious complications in local races. It's not impossible to imagine a conservative part of the country electing a liberal because of a tight race between two conservative candidates.

What does this mean for the country? In the long run, it means a better position for liberals. In the short term, however, while the Tea Party clings to their GOP roots, we can expect this infighting and stalling to be an ongoing affair.

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Do you think the Tea Party will break away and form a third party?

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Our government does not have a stellar record when it comes to listening to the concerns of minorities. It was only 50 years ago that separate but equal ruled the land, and to this day, we fight for the rights of LGBT citizens, another minority. Now, it seems, we have a new minority: conservatives.

It's tempting to say that the sweeping victories for the President and Democrats in the Senate are a mandate to govern with a far reaching liberal agenda, but let us not forget the 48% of American's that voted against them. We are a country divided, make no mistake, and to neglect the concerns of the other half that, on this occasion, make up the minority, is to make the same mistake they made when they ignored the concerns of so many minorities that came before.

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Do you think it's important for the left to listen to work with the right?

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Much has been said about the stream of seemingly endless lies coming from Mitt Romney and his campaign. If you look at left-leaning media or forums, it would seem that this race should be a blowout. But week after week, Mitt Romney continues to gain ground on the President. His mistruths, deceptions, reversals and flat out pandering seem to be gaining ground.

But are they really?

In one recent poll, only 57% of Romney voters actually support Mitt Romney. A full 39% of the people voting for Romney are actually casting their ballot against the President. Granted, that number has decreased since the debates, but it's a very strong indicator of where Romney the president would actually stand.

If the numbers remain the same, a Romney presidency would essentially start from a 30% approval rating - the 50% of the country that votes for Obama clearly disapproves of Romney, and the 40% that are actually casting their ballots against the President instead of for their own candidate don't even approve of Romney enough to say so to a pollster.

It wouldn't take long for that number to decrease dramatically. Romney has positioned himself in a very precarious spot along the fence. Take the issue of a woman's right to choose, for example. Throughout the primaries, he's said he supports the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Now he, and his surrogates are trying to soften that position. This leaves Romney in a lose-lose position. If elected, and he fails to repeal Roe vs. Wade, the support from the far right that he currently enjoys pre-election will of course erupt as they always do. But moreover, if he does manage to repeal a woman's right to choose, or worse, get a constitutional amendment banning abortion passed, the much touted gender gap will be big enough to build an abortion clinic inside it.

And while Romney's religion may not have played a role in his election, other than the absence of opposition to it on the evangelical right, you can bet that the bible thumpers will jump ship at the first sign of a mormon influence in the White House. If there's anything the many christian denominations throughout the US can agree on, it's that mormonism is a cult.

So it's possible that the Romney campaign might be able to snag the White House with lies, mistruths, and deception, but if they do it comes at a price. A President Romney could very well end up with the lowest approval rating in U.S. history.

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