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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-12 10:55 AM
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I have been researching third political parties some this morning
Anyone know anything about the Citizens Party of the United States?

According to wiki, it's platform is

The following is from the 2011 Citizens Party platform. The platform is copied verbatim; the numerous instances of inappropriate capitalization that occur below also occur on the website.<3>

Support fair trade agreements (not free trade agreements)
Get out of the World Trade Organization, Central American Free Trade Agreement and North American Free Trade Agreement
Eliminate the U.S. trade deficit
Stop outsourcing American jobs and technology
End tax breaks that reward companies for shipping jobs overseas
Put in place a national manufacturing strategy
Encourage the purchase of American-made goods
Rebuild and redesign crumbling national infrastructure
Keep vital American infrastructure in the hands of American companies
Invest in research and development
Secure U.S. ports and borders
Seek U.S. energy independence through clean, renewable domestic sources
Pass real financial reform (bring back GlassSteagall Act and end "too big to fail")
No more Wall Street bailouts
Audit the Federal Reserve
Eliminate the national debt
Balance Federal, State and Local budgets and end wasteful pork spending
End corporate special interest/lobbyist influence over elections and the legislative process.
Create a fiscally sustainable health care system that dramatically cuts health care costs providing for greater access for legal citizens.
Legalize the use of industrial hemp to boost the agriculture and industrial sectors
Fight employer hiring policies that discriminate against the long term unemployed
Get the unemployed back to work (including the long term unemployed - 99ers)
Protect the family farmer, reduce factory farms
Increase Veteran Benefits (health, job training, education)
Use the U.S. military only when it is in the national interest
Secure the homeland and stop actual terrorist threats
Give local law enforcement and fire companies the funds they need for security and emergency prevention & response
Use natural gas as a bridge fuel until renewable energy is more plentiful with regulations to protect from fracking
Require oil and gas companies to contribute to a special emergency/spill/cleanup fund
Require environmental impact assessments before approval for drilling for oil and natural gas
Promote organic agriculture and a safe food supply
End subsidies that pay farmers not to grow crops
Support involved foreign policy but oppose isolationist and interventionist foreign policy
More common sense neutral stance on Israeli/Palestinian conflict
Seek a stable and sustainable U.S. population
Enforce illegal immigration laws by punishing employers who hire illegal workers.
Common sense H1B and L1 foreign work visa limits to protect jobs in technology and other sectors for Americans
Limit incentives that encourage unsustainable population growth from the influx of illegal foreign nationals
Protect the environment (clean water, air, land) and preserve and expand national parks and wildlife preserves
Uphold the separation between church and state
Preserve social security
Fund education, reform education (all students in all neighborhoods deserve a quality education), make higher education more affordable
Support the right to bear arms
Harsher penalties for gun and weapons crimes
Work to remedy inequalities so we can begin phasing out affirmative action programs- instead use empowerment programs for all citizens.
Create a sensible tax policy with a simplified tax code
Cut taxes through cutting spending - but, no tax cuts during wartime and no tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy
Oppose any attempts to amend U.S. constitution to ban gay marriage
Support an individual's right to same-sex marriage
Support gay rights in anti-discrimination laws such as equal housing laws
Oppose anti-choice legislation, this includes both abortion and end of life issues, i.e., assisted suicide
Post all proposed congressional legislation on the internet for at least 10 days prior to a vote to allow public viewing and input.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-12 12:06 PM
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1. In related news, is Time Magazine kidding?
According to a 2010 TIME article, the top 10 "alternative political movements" i[]worldwide are as follows:


The Tea Party
The Anti-Masons
The Euroskeptics
The Modern Whig Party
The Polish Beer Lovers' Party
American Secessionists
The Bull Moose Party
The Freedom Party
The Pirate Party
U.S. Marijuana Party

Read more:

Both the wording of "alternative political movements" and the skimpy article seem like an excuse for an article about the Tea Not Party.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-12 04:50 PM
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2. The Tea Party has been
media darlings since day one. Contrast that with the media's treatment of the Occupy movement.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-26-12 02:59 AM
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3. What's an Occupy movement?
Oh, I think I see what you mean.
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