There have been third party movements in the past, but the likelihood of a successful third party is increasing rapidly because of the dysfunctionality of both the Republicans and the Democrats.

This post will take a look at the newest attempt.

On July 27, 2022, A Political Action Committee announced that they had merged with the Serve America Movement and the Renew America Movement to further its efforts to form a new third party and that the group would be known as the Forward Party. Its stated goal is to provide an alternative to the two major U.S. political parties.

The Political Action Committee was founded by Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, who describes its goals as the reduction of partisan polarization and the implementation of electoral reforms. Yang criticized American political leaders, writing that “our leaders are rewarded based not on solving problems but on accruing resources and retaining office.” That much is true!

Be advised! This post is not an endorsement of the Forward Party or Andrew Yang, but I do like the idea of a less partisan America, and I like some of the things the Forward Party says it stands for.

They like Rank-order voting, and so do I. Our current system too heavily rewards the candidates that survive the primaries which lends itself to polarized voting. Usually we are left to pick between two candidates we dislike in order to choose the “lesser of two evils.”

They like nonpartisan primaries, and so do I. Everyone who wants to run for a given office should be allowed to enter the same primary, and the top vote getters move on to the general election. Candidates should not be identified with a party. They should be identified by the stances they take on the issues.

They like independent redistricting commissions, and so do I. The current partisan gerrymandering of district lines results in “safe” seats, an ever-widening partisan political divide, and the election of increasingly extreme voices.

The Forward Party has announced that it will launch on September 24, 2022 with its first national convention in summer 2023.

Here are some more of its goals:

An 18-year term limit for members of Congress. That’s too long.

A cabinet-level Department of Technology. It’s a plausible idea.

Human-centered Capitalism. I like the sound of that!

Universal Basic Income. That sounds too expensive and too socialistic to me!

Automatic tax filing. I am for anything that simplifies the tax system and the tax code.

A Universal health care system. That would be a huge increase in government bureaucracy.

Public finance of political campaigns in the form of vouchers that citizens give to candidates. Anything that removes the undue influence of money in our elections would be welcome.