Thursday, October 13, 2011
A Third Party Canidate?
“The case for a third party candidate”, a commentary by Douglas Shoen is a short but well written article about the frustration of Americans' with both the Republican and Democratic party and the possibility of having a third party candidate that my very well stand a chance. His audience is every American citizen as we are all in the same boat and are likely to be interested in a third party candidate. Shoen provides statistics to back up his argument; for example, “Gallup’s annual governance survey, updated Sept. 8-11, showed a record-high 81 percent of Americans dissatisfied with the way the country is being run.” Shoen also states, “I recently polled for Americans Elect, a nonprofit political organization that is now planning an Internet convention to select a third presidential ticket for the 2012 election. They are in the process of securing ballot access in all 50 states.” The fact that he himself has polled and presents the name of the organization allows the reader the opportunity to investigate his evidence. The evidence of an internet convention and selecting a third party presidential ticket portrays the realism of a third party candidate. Shoen’s argument that Americans are not happy with either of the 2 major parties and are looking for an alternative motive to solve America’s problems, possibly a third party candidate, is definitely logical. I for one would be thrilled to see what a third party candidate has to bring to the table.