Written & compiled by Mark Wachtler
It’s no secret that the mainstream American news media is owned by multinational corporations with self-serving agendas and ulterior motives. Because of that, the American voter is only shown news concerning the two parties that benefit those very same media-owning multinationals – the Republican and Democratic Parties. But there are no less than a dozen other serious, viable, sincere and honest political parties in America. In the interest of free and fair elections, and in an attempt to level the playing field a little, Whiteout Press proudly introduces its readers to the rest of them.
Strategically and financially intertwined with the national news media, Republicans and Democrats enjoy a monopoly on media exposure. Here are the rest of America's political parties. Image courtesy of Magic12.com.
For readers who are wondering, it’s difficult to calculate which is the largest ‘third party’ in America. The Libertarians typically have ballot access in all 50 states and capture the most actual votes. But the Green Party has an international support base and has more members in the US than most vote totals would suggest. For its part, the Constitution Party has many members that vote Republican, thus disguising their true strength. And don’t forget the Independence Party. The most successful third party in recent history with the elections of Jesse Ventura in Minnesota, Sarah Palin in Alaska and Michael Bloomberg in New York, the party doesn’t have a functioning national organization and doesn’t field a Presidential candidate.
Alternative, minor, third parties – those are just some of the unflattering names the press uses to describe America’s ‘other’ political parties – those that are not state-sponsored as the Republicans and Democrats are. Thanks to the American news media, most voters conjure up images of 2-headed monsters with 3 arms and 5 legs when they think of 3rd parties. For that reason and in an attempt to level the playing field, Whiteout Press now brings you the rest of America’s political parties.
America’s opposition political parties, compliments of Whiteout Press:
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. We defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands. In 2008, the Libertarian Party’s Presidential candidate was former US Congressman Bob Barr. He was on the ballot in 45 states and received 524,524 votes. In 2012, the party's candidate was former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. He received 1,275,950 votes.
The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green Parties. Committed to ecology, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence, Greens are renewing democracy in the United States through community-based organizing. The Green Party of the United States is the fastest growing political party and America’s permanent, independent party for the 21st century. It is the party of We The People and stands for peace, democracy, human rights, freedoms and a healthy environment. The Green Party refuses contributions from corporations or their PAC’s. The Green Party is the party of real solutions. In 2008, the Green Party’s Presidential candidate was former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. She was on the ballot in 32 states and received 161,195 votes. In 2012, the party's candidate was Dr. Jill Stein. She received 469,572 votes.
In 1992, a number of independent state parties united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party. In 1999, at its national nominating convention for the 2000 elections, convention delegates chose to change the party name to the Constitution Party to better reflect the party’s core beliefs stated in the U.S. Constitution. The sole purpose of government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure our unalienable rights given us by our Creator. When Government grows beyond this scope, it is usurpation, and liberty is compromised. The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries. In 2008, the Constitution Party’s Presidential candidate was Pastor Chuck Baldwin. He was on the ballot in 37 states and received 199,314 votes. In 2012, the party's candidate was former Congressman Virgil Goode. He received 122,378 votes.
The Peace and Freedom Party is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality. We represent the working class, those without capital in a capitalist society. We organize toward a world where cooperation replaces competition, a world where all people are well fed, clothed and housed; where all women and men have equal status; where all individuals may freely endeavor to fulfill their own talents and desires; a world of freedom and peace where every community retains its cultural integrity and lives with all others in harmony. The party is based in California, but has recently expanded to other states under the national Peace & Freedom Alliance. In 2008, the Peace & Freedom Party’s Presidential candidate was consumer advocate Ralph Nader. The party only had ballot access in California where Nader received 108,381 votes. In 2012, the party's candidate was actress and comedian Roseanne Barr. She received 67,359 votes.
On Monday, December 12, 2011, a diverse group of courageous citizens announced the formation of the Justice Party, which is envisioned as a major new political party for decades to come. The Justice Party seeks governing authority t the local, state, Congressional and national levels, beginning in the 2012 election cycle. The Justice Party is being created as a new 21st-century political vehicle to allow all citizens to work together to bring innovative results-oriented, justice-based solutions to the political debate as soon as possible. In 2012, the party's Presidential candidate was former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. He received 42,995 votes.
The purpose of America's Party is the same as the stated purpose of the U.S. Constitution: "To secure the Blessings of Liberty to our selves and our posterity." The party is pro-life, pro-liberty and will always unswervingly support a strong and secure America. America's Party is committed to restoring government of, by and for the people - not just in words, but Dedicated, Organized, United Action. In 2012, the party's Presidential candidate was Tom Hoefling. He received 40,609 votes.
9811 W. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 2-441
Las Vegas, NV 89117
The American Freedom Party is a patriotic, democratic alternative to the two parties that have wrecked our great nation. Parts of our beautiful country now resemble Third World communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. White people are already a minority in many cities and counties, along with several states, both large and small. Without constructive political action, within a few decades we will become a minority across the entire country. Enough is enough! The American Freedom Party believes that government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans, the majority population, and that white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination. American Third Position is a new party and did not field a Presidential candidate in 2008. In 2012, the party's nominee was Merlin Miller. He received 12,895 votes.
The Reform Party is made up of concerned Americans, tired of the partisan rancor in government and a two-party system that appears committed to putting its support for the special-interests ahead of finding common-sense solutions designed to solve our most pressing challenges. The Reform Party demands the highest ethical standards for the White House and Congress. It supports a balanced budget, campaign finance reform, an overhaul of the tax system, jobs, lobbying reforms, fair trade over free trade, individual rights and a solution to stop illegal immigration. The Reform Party believes it is the champion of America, those who work hard to make a better life for their family in the field, factories, hospitals, and offices. And that means from blue collar to white collar, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or sexual orientation. In 2008, the Reform Party’s Presidential candidate was Ted Weill. He had ballot access in 1 state and received 481 votes. In 2012, the party had multiple candidates for President including Andre Barnett, Chuck Baldwin and Barbara Washer.
The American Independent Party gratefully acknowledges God as the Creator of all and appeals to Him for help in protecting all He has graciously given us. With all these gifts comes the right to use them justly. Hence all such rights are the gifts of God as affirmed in our Declaration of Independence. These include the right to life and liberty. AIP is the party of ordered liberty in a nation under God. We believe in strict adherence to written law. We believe the Constitution is the contract America has with itself. Its willful distortion has led to the violation of our Tenth Amendment guaranteed right to limited government, which inevitably requires oppressive taxation. Its faithful application will lift that awful burden. In consequence, we call upon all men who value their God-given liberty to join us in pursuit of these political conviction. In 2008, the American Independent Party’s Presidential candidate was former Ambassador Alan Keyes. He had ballot access in 3 states and received 47,768 votes. In 2012, the party supported America's Party candidate Tom Hoefling.
The Socialist Equality Party bases itself on the great traditions of the international socialist movement. Socialism stands for equality, human solidarity and cooperation, the material and spiritual liberation of mankind from oppression and want. The SEP bases itself on the legacy of the best, most courageous and far-sighted representatives of the working class, who fought for socialism in opposition to bureaucracy. America has also produced great fighters for socialism—men and women who battled the labor bureaucrats and devoted their lives to the liberation of the working class. We call on all those who support the fight for social equality, and oppose war and the assault on democratic rights to join the Socialist Equality Party and take up the fight for socialism. In 2008, the Socialist Equality Party’s Presidential candidate was Jerry White. The party did not have ballot access. In 2012, the party's nominee was Jerry White. He received 1,279 votes.
The Party for Socialism and Liberation exists to carry out the struggle for socialism inside the United States, the center of world capitalism and imperialism. The PSL stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world who are resisting capitalist exploitation and imperialist domination. We need the participation of organizers and activists from all over the country. Whether you have ever been involved before or not, we invite all those who share our viewpoint to join us. Together, we can win! In 2012, the party's Presidential candidate was Peta Lindsay. She received 9,403 votes.
PO Box 982
Littlefield, AZ 86432
On May 16, 1998, the Utah IAP held a straw vote favoring the formation of a National Independent American Party. The mission of the IAP is to: promote respect for life, liberty and property; strong traditional families; patriotism; and individual, state, and national sovereignty - with a strong reliance on the Declaration of Independence and allegiance to the Constitution for the United States of America - by petition to God and by political and educational means. In 2012, the party's Presidential nominee was Will Christensen. He received 4,500 votes.
2 Nevins St., 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters. We believe that our children’s life chances must not be determined at birth, and that America must be a nation that allows all its people to thrive. We also believe the promise of our democracy has been broken when the views of a single wealthy donor can carry more weight that the needs of millions of hard working families. When a moneyed few can pull the strings in our democracy, they rewrite the rules of our economy to benefit them. Working Families is powered by people who believe in a better future for working families. We were launched by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, union activists and progressive elected officials.
The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places people's lives under their own control - a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically controlled public agencies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all members. In 2008, the Socialist Party’s Presidential candidate was Brian Moore. He had ballot access in 8 states and received 6,566 votes. In 2012, the party's nominee was Stewart Alexander. He received 4,430 votes.
The Veterans Party of America mission is to place oriented leaders, that will not forget their oath to the Constitution, into political office so America can once again be the nation it has always been - Strong, Fair, Just. We believe in Liberty, Justice and Freedom. Even though our name is the Veterans Party of America, as with any other legitimate political party in the United States, there is no requirement for any member of this party to have served in the military or currently be serving on active duty, nor is there any requirement for members of this party to be associated with any military organization or facility. The party was founded at the beginning of 2014.