If this year’s crazy election season doesn’t have enough wacky political controversy and weirdness for you, then here are some strange 3rd parties to tickle your fancy! Just a note: appearance on this list should not be considered an endorsement from the author. Just thought these were interesting.
American Vegetarian Party
*Founded in 1947 by Symon Gould, who co-edited American Vegetarian Magazine.
*During WW2, meat was much harder to find due to rationing and food shortages, therefore vegetarianism would not have been a strange concept.
* Platform included prohibitions against alcohol, tobacco, and of course, meat eating.
*The party held a national convention but was never able to get on any ballots.
*Throughout the party’s 16-year life, it had both senatorial and presidential candidates running for office.
*The party disbanded after the death of its beloved founder and presidential nominee, Symon Gould in 1963.
Boston Tea Party
*The Boston Tea Party separated from the Libertarian Party in 2006.
*After the split, those who chose to join the Boston Tea Party switched from the Libertarian’s small government views to a platform that was almost anti-government.
*Its slogan was “Party like it’s 1773!”
* Party platform included:
-Getting rid of most of the government
-Getting out of all foreign out posts
-Selling all government property
-And legalizing marijuana
*The party disbanded in 2012.
*It had no relation to the Greater Boston Tea Party, which is the Massachusetts branch of the Tea Party.
*It was founded in 1828.
*The party was created out of a distrust for Free Masons.
* Basically a single-issue party, questioning the Free Masons’ morality and loyalty to God and country.
*This fear was caused by the suspicious death of William Morgan, a man rumored to be publishing a book of Free Mason secrets.
*It is considered to be the first 3rd party.
*It was the first party to publish a platform and hold a convention.
*They were popular in state and local elections and had a presidential candidate in 1832.
*They disbanded in 1840.
The Modern Whig Party
*Yes. They are still a thing.
*It was restarted in 2007 by veterans of the war in Afghanistan.
*It touts itself as the moderate alterative to the two-party system
Issues from their education platform as listed on their website:
-Public college should be debt free
-Teacher pay should be based on merit
-And schools should be more like science labs
*Karen Smith and Verone Thomas are both running as Whigs for president in 2016.
*Its webpage is www.modernwhig.org
*Facebook --> Modern Whig Party
*Twitter --> @ModernWhigs
*Google+ --> Modern Whigs
The Dixiecrat Party or State’s Rights Democratic Party
*Founded in 1948.
*Its major issue was bringing back segregation on a state by state basis.
*Their first presidential nominee, Strom Thurmond, received 39 electoral votes.
*It disbanded after their loss, gratefully, have never been heard from again.
My 4 observations are:
1. Weird election seasons are nothing new.
2. Single issue parties never last long.
3. If the internet had been around back then, the strange parties might have found more of a base.
4.Everything nowadays gets rebooted, even centuries old political parties.