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THIRD PARTY INCOMING: 'Forward' Party Taps Dems and GOP Alike

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For decades now, the two-party system here in the United States been the standard operating procedure, with only a few brief hiccups to speak of.

The 1992 election saw billionaire Ross Perot buy his way into the race as an independent, making more of an impact as a Saturday Night Live caricature than on the campaign trail.

And, after Republican Ron Paul gave Libertarians a shot in the arm during his ’08 run, there were opportunities to vote for Gary Johnson in a couple of subsequent elections, but his inclusion on the ballot had little impact on the contests as a whole.

But now, backed a number of somewhat notable names, the new “Forward” Party aims to change all that.

Dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials announced on Wednesday a new national political third party to appeal to millions of voters they say are dismayed with what they see as America’s dysfunctional two-party system.

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The new party, called Forward and whose creation was first reported by Reuters, will initially be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey. They hope the party will become a viable alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties that dominate U.S. politics, founding members told Reuters.

The party may not have much of an impact on the 2022 election, but there does appear to be support for such a thing among the American electorate.

Party leaders will hold a series of events in two dozen cities this autumn to roll out its platform and attract support. They will host an official launch in Houston on Sept. 24 and the party’s first national convention in a major U.S. city next summer.

The new party is being formed by a merger of three political groups that have emerged in recent years as a reaction to America’s increasingly polarized and gridlocked political system. The leaders cited a Gallup poll last year showing a record two-thirds of Americans believe a third party is needed.

Will the Forward Party really make any larger of an impact than other third party attempts of the past, or just become another great trivia question in a decade or so?

Only time will tell.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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