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Politics — Gridlock in Washington

Democrats and Republicans are almost equally divided in the number of voters that support them—neither party has a clear majority. Because the balance of power between the major parties is so close, activists on the extreme Political Left and on the extreme Political Right have disproportionate influence over their respective parties.

In the 2000 Presidential election, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by a very small margin. The election was decided by one state: Florida, where the votes were almost even. Gore had won the USA popular vote but the state electoral votes would decide the winner. It came down to whoever won Florida would be the next President of the United States.

Florida was contested and the U.S. Supreme court had to decide the winner: the Court gave it to George Bush.

However, the real story in Florida was the Third Party candidate Ralph Nader, who ran on the Green Party ticket—an environmental extremist group ideologically Left of the Democratic Party. George Bush defeated Al Gore by 537 votes in Florida. But, Ralph Nader received 97,421 of the Florida votes. If the Green Party had not challenged Al Gore on the Left, Nader’s votes would have gone to Al Gore and he would have easily won Florida and George Bush would not have become the President of the United States.

A similar thing happened in the 1992 election when Bill Clinton Challenged George Bush senior and won, causing Bush senior to lose his second term. The story is similar to Al Gore’s. In 1992, Ross Perot ran for president as an independent. He received 18% of the popular vote—it is believed that more Republicans voted for Perot than did Democrats. That gave Clinton the edge he needed to win the election.

Because of the threat of third party challenges, and because otherwise the two major parties are pretty much evenly divided in voter support, Democrats and Republicans will not take bold political actions to help the country; if they do, they risk provoking a Third Party challenge from extremists within their own party which would hand the next election to the other major party.

This sounds like maybe the USA has reached a point where its two-party system is paralyzed.

Actually, under these conditions, the real power belongs to the independents—the moderates, the centrists in the middle—willing to jump from one party to the other, based on which party offers the best hope for the United States of America.

At no time in the history of the United States has there been a greater need for independent voters to step forward and show their support for American Energy Independence.


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