A new Gallup poll has found support for a major third political party steadily rising as more people than ever refer to themselves as Independents while Republicans and Democrats are dropping in approval.
Just last September, Gallup research showed that 57 percent of US adults wanted a third major option at the polls because the Republican and Democrat “parties do such a poor job representing the American people.” The latest poll has seen that majority rise to 62 percent support.
On top of that steady rise, the poll, which was conducted from January 21 to February 2, contains other major indicators Americans are growing weary of an essentially two-party system. Only 33 percent of respondents said they felt the two major political parties are adequately representing the system, which is the lowest response to that question, save for 26 percent in 2013.
Half of US adults are also now referring to themselves as Independents, the highest number recorded by Gallup in a poll.
During the 2020 presidential election, Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen managed to gain access to all 50 state ballots, but still only walked away with around one percent of the vote.
She also received less media coverage than the party’s previous nominee, Gary Johnson, who walked away with the party’s most successful run – still just over three percent.
As a long-time student of political philosophy, I can tell you that there are only two ideas one can politically rally around. So I’m confused as to what these ‘Independents’ are thinking. Especially considering that one of these ideas only received 1% of the vote in the last election.
But let me clarify once again in case the chart above is less than clear….
Collectivism is rooted in the belief that a group of individuals have the legitimate, moral right and authority to rule over everyone else. This is Authoritarianism.
The alternative view is that an individual should have authority over one’s life and property. These are the people who understand that forcibly dominating others is not legitimate, even when it is called ‘law,’ or even when it is done in the name of ‘the people’ or ‘the common good.’
But collectivists are fanatics, as can be seen in one of their major tenets…
And this is the crux of the biscuit. The reason the Authoritarian Left and the Authoritarian Right have failed is because ethics and morals have been put aside in favor of the demands of the competing collectives. (But make no mistake, both belief that the individual must be sacrificed, whatever the cost.)
So these ‘Independents’, at some point, will need to take a side. Fence-sitting only works for a while. At some point, a person must declare – and stand by – his principles.