Category Archives: Third Party

Jesse Ventura to Run if Sanders Loses

And Sanders will likely lose. From The Daily Beast:

“I support the revolution of what’s happening here,” Ventura said after telling a local that he worked for most “level-headed” news outlet (RT America). “There’s three things where I stand with Bernie on more so than Trump. Number one is campaign finance reform,” two is “the war,” and three is ending the War on Drugs.
Ventura’s main cause of concern with Trump is his hawkish nature, suggesting that the man who claims he will “bomb the shit out of ISIS” will get the U.S. stuck in more quagmires.

If Trump were to stand to the antiwar side of Sanders by, say, opposing a safe zone in Syria (Sanders has no position currently), I think he could win Ventura’s segment.

Update: From AP:

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he’s split between backing Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and Republican candidate Donald Trump on the other end of the political spectrum.

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2012 Constitution Party Nominee, Virgil Goode, Joins Trump Campaign Team!

Virgil Goode, former Congressman and 2012 Constitution Party Presidential nominee, is now part of Trump’s campaign team in Virginia. What was that about Trump not being conservative enough? I had some differences with Goode, but he always got the immigration issue.

HT: Ballot Access News

American Eagle Party Forms from the Remnants (?) of A3P/American Freedom Party

For those who are unaware, the American Third Position party was a pro-white third party that formed a few years back. I said at the time that that was a really bad choice for a name for a rightist American party and that it wouldn’t thrive. Third Positionism is primarily a European concept, and it doesn’t fit well into the political milieu of America or the political consciousness of the American right. Third Positionism and the overt anti-capitalism that inspires it is an idea that is held dear by some white nationalist intellectual types, but it doesn’t resonate with the American right base or accord with American political history.

I believe the leadership of the A3P soon realized this. I don’t know this for a fact, but I suspect they found themselves spending an inordinate amount of time explaining to prospects what Third Positionism is, and likely found that it turned off a lot of people because the right in the US is overwhelmingly pro-free enterprise. (I know that purist libertarians will object to this statement. They’ll point out positions where many rightist endorse measures that are not free market, such as drug prohibition, but I am speaking relatively here. Most American rightists are free-market fanatics compared to the left, right and center in Europe.) So they later changed their name to the American Freedom Party.

I also thought this was a bad choice of names because by calling themselves the Freedom Party, they invited objections from libertarians and others who are actually more freedom focused per se. The primary focus of the A3P/Freedom Party was always protecting the interests of American whites, not freedom as an abstract concept.

And of course there is the racial issue. I am on record and stand by my assertion that there are only two intellectually consistent positions on race/ethnicity. Either everyone gets to be equally ethnocentric (the historic norm), or no one gets to be ethnocentric at all (ideological color-blindness). The modern Cultural Marxist double standard of condemning white consciousness while praising black or Hispanic consciousness, for example, is not intellectually tenable. That said, the reality is that overtly pro-white sentiment is toxic in our current militantly PC milieu, and as such any white racialist enterprise is going to attract primarily the margins.

So now it looks like Merlin Miller, the 2012 Presidential candidate of the AFP, along with some former leaders of the AFP, have left the AFP and formed the American Eagle Party. While the article says the AFP is not defunct, this doesn’t bode well for them to continue on as anything other than a shell. As far as I could find, the AFP website does not address the split. They still have an article promoting Miller’s book. Her is the link to the AEP party website. It definitely has a more American right feel to it than the A3P did, and likely better reflects Miller’s sensibilities since he was a Ron Paul supporter. The linked article says this about the AEP:

The American Eagle Party says it stands for (1) ending U.S. involvement in wars around the world; (2) curtailing immigration; (3) reclaiming constitutional rights for citizens; (4) improving the national economy.

Notice there is no explicit mention of white interests. This statement makes it seem like an essentially paleoconservative party. I’m sure some will call this a cave. Some will call it a necessary concession to political reality. What I don’t know is if there is any back story about conflict among AFP leadership that brought this split about. As is, I’m not sure how it distinguishes itself from the Constitution Party except that it may be less explicitly Christian, thus attempting to occupy space that the America First Party, which is now a website only party as far as I can tell, once inhabited.

I’m not crazy about the American Eagle Party name either. I could write a separate article dealing with how to best name a new party, but I do think American Eagle Party is vastly superior to A3P and more accurate than AFP, as American Eagle is vaguely nationalistic.

We shall see where this leads.

Update: Also posted at Independent Political Report.

Constitution Party: A Look Back and Where We Are Now

The following was sent by the Constitution Party. Please excuse the fund raising appeals unless you are so inclined:

Dear Patriot:

2014 was a significant building block on our way to success. We had more than 150 Constitution Party candidates from sheriff to Congressional seats, prepared for 2015 by balancing the books with a successful year-end “Money Bomb,”and we now have more ballot qualified affiliates as we aim for 2016.

To say thank you is simply not enough. Your generosity, your stamina doing the hard work of electioneering, and your  courage to uphold our Constitution Party and its principles is inspiring. I wish there was a stronger word I could use to describe how I feel.

Looking back, as you see in the attached newsletter, gives a perspective and an assessment of where we are. I hope you will take advantage of contacting state leaders (found on page five) so we can go forward with candidate recruitment plans, new literature to distribute, recruiting candidates, training campaign volunteers, and the all-important drive to gain ballot access in many key states. All that takes financial support, and I urge you to re-invest in the Constitution Party.

Why?

Because, as Thomas Jefferson once said:

A sense of this necessity, and a submission to it, is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

We must inform our fellow citizens so they wake up to see how far America has gone down the wrong road — away from the Constitution and ignoring wise advice of the Founding Fathers.

Please take a moment to underwrite our Party’s goal of voter education, motivation, and political action. A gift of $25 or $50 or $250 is important to get the ball rolling. I will soon layout specifics of next steps for the Constitution Party. In the meantime, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you do.

Gratefully,

Frank Fluckiger
National Chairman

Might the Constitution Party Attract a “Big Name” Candidate for 2016?

Here is an Independent Political Report post on 3 minor party candidates, including one CP candidate? I am not familiar with the CP candidate, and his candidacy appears to be Quixotic in nature. That’s not the interesting part of the article. Of interest is this comment by Trent Hill, who teases us that a “big name” candidate that the CP has been courting my be about to make the move. I know Trent Hill. If he says he has inside intel, he has inside intel. It’s not a done deal, but it’s possible. There is some speculation about who it might be below Trent’s comment. Any guesses? Keep in mind that “big name” is by CP standards.