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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-05 04:12 PM
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12. I agree with you, but feel that you're overlooking something
The very profound effect that third parties have and can have on the reformation of the Democratic party. You need no further proof of this than the tremedous effect the Socialist party had on all of us during the thirties. By agitating loud and long for change during FDR's first re-election, they forced him to take up two of the Socialists pet causes, and make them the Democrats' own. The first was unemployment insurance, and the second was Social Security. If it hadn't been for the large outpouring of support for the Socialists, the Democrats wouldn't have adapted these positions. Outside forces can force enormous changes upon the Democratic party.
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