The following was originally published on the Independent American & Constitutional Review (IA&CR). Joshua Fauver is the current vice-chairman of the Clarion Call to Unite Committee (CCTUC), an organization working to unite all right-wing and constitutionalist minor parties under one banner.
How to Destroy a Duopoly
Published June 12, 2013
By Joshua Fauver
If you’ve been in involved in a third party for any time at all you’ve heard about the “duopoly” that controls our nations political system and that it needs to be broken. I couldn’t agree with that anymore than I do right now; however, each party has a major misconception that it is their party that is going to do just that. (And I direct this towards parties on both the left and the right.)
No singular party, on either side of the political spectrum, possess the ability to single handedly destroy this duopoly. No, it cannot be done by a single political party, at least none that exist as is at this point in the time. The strongest third party in our nation today is without a doubt the Libertarian Party, and in 2012 they couldn’t muster up the numbers to get their candidate, Governor Gary Johnson, into the debates. Make no mistakes my friends, if a party cannot get their candidates into the Presidential Debates, they will not be able to break the stranglehold that the Republicans and Democrats have on our political system. (I mean no disrespect to the Libertarians, merely illustrating a point.)
If those in third parties want to really break through the duopoly they’re going to have to do things differently, and this goes for those on the right as well as the left. You see, the duopoly can’t be torn down just from the right or just from the left; it will have to be torn down from both sides. Lets start with the left shall we?
The far left is as splintered as ever. It is torn into a true plethora of political parties, starting with the Greens, but they won’t be a part of this discussion for now. The left ran several different presidential candidates, none of which even eclipsed 100,000 votes. The candidate who fared the best was without a doubt Rosanne Barr who pulled in about 70,000 votes followed closely by Rocky Anderson pulling in around close to 40,000. But there were several other candidates promoting a socialist ideology, 5 other candidates to be exact (again, excluding the Green Party’s Jill Stein.) who together pulled in a grand total of 16,183 votes. bringing the total votes canst for the far left to around 121,270. By now you should see what I’m getting at. A unified socialist left out performs a splintered left. Instead of 7 candidates splitting the vote, one candidate all of the sudden does only slightly worse than Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, who performed in the top three of third party candidates. If the socialists parties had worked together, ran one single candidate, their ballot access would have been far better, the money would have been pooled behind one candidate, as would their resources and their time; the results would have been far better. One very loud voice advocating for socialist ideologies would draw far more attention than 7 or 8 tiny voices. I’m calling upon socialist to practice the principles they advocate, pooling everyone’s resources together for the betterment of all participants. (for the sake of argument, had we included the greens vote totals would have jumped to 526,171.)
Now for the right! It too is torn into several smaller parties. I’m perscribing the same medication for the right that I am for the left. Unification. The right has several small parties and one large part all advocating the same durn thing but not working together to achieve the goal they all want. The far right also ran a group of Presidential candidates instead of all rallying behind one agreeable one. The candidate with the largest portion of the vote was Virgil Goode who was the only candidate to eclipse over 100,000 votes (122,00 roughly). Tom Hoefling came closest to Goode’s performance bringing in 40,000 votes. None of the other candidates than ran pulled in more than 15,000 votes. But if you combine Goode, Hoefling, and the other spread of Constitutional leaning candidate’s votes together you get approximately 187,688 votes.I’m calling on the right, the Constitutional Conservatives, yes the Bible believing evangelical liberty loving far righters to practice what they preach and come together. (“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9)
In both illustrations ballot access, funds, support from other third party leaders, and combined resources aren’t taken into consideration. Imagine the combined efforts of all of these activists and party members on both sides all working together. Imagine a unified left led by Ralph Nader, Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, and Rosanne Barr. Imagine a strong right led by Virgil Goode, Alan Keyes, Chuck Baldwin, and Tom Hoefling. If this vision were to ever be realized the results would be, in my opinion, astonishing. I’m convinced that this, and only this, will be the way to break through the duopoly and allow alternative ideas to be heard. This is the only way other voices will be heard in debates with the Republicans and Democrats. If those of us who support alternative ideas can’t work with those who share our same views, then we will never see the goals we have, the changes we want come to fruition.