2 New Alternative Parties For Election Day 2022
By Bob Small
For many years in Pennsylvania the three active alternative parties were the Constitution Party, the Green Party, and the Libertarian Party. All presented alternative views, from left to right. All would frequently be challenged by either Democrat of Republican parties, so the years where three alternative gubernatorial, lieutenant gubernatorial, and senatorial candidates were on the ballot were rare but did happen. During those years, Greens (including myself) might also help the Libertarians in their challenges while Libertarians might also help the Greens, and the Constitution Party would be in there also.
This year, there are four alternatives on the ballot albeit the Constitution Party is not one of them as they are in the process of reforming.
So joining the Greens and the Libertarians are the Keystone Party and the Socialist Worker Party, formed by expelled Trotskyites in 1938.
In the states adjacent to Pennsylvania, only Republicans and Democrats are seeking major statewide offices in Delaware, New Jersey, and New York albeit the New York Dems have the support of their minor league team, the Working Families Party; an SWP senate candidate is on the ballot in Ohio while Maryland has Greens, Libertarians, and Working Class Party candidates on their ballots. Lastly, the Americans Coming Together (ACT) Party has a Candidate on their ballot in West Virginia. The ACT website quotes Plato “If you do not take an interest in the affairs of government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools”. Luckily, we live in Pennsylvania.
See Politics1.com for the other 43 state wide candidate listings.
The phrase “vote your hopes, not your fears”, comes into play here. During the last election, my Swarthmore Democratic neighbors told me I had to vote against Donald Trump because Trump will (fill in the blank here). However Joe Biden and his “machine”, and his family, also scared me. As I’ve previously posted, there were policies where Donald Trump would have done no worse, and sometimes better, than the Delawarean now in office. The Afghan withdrawal is one prime example.
In future articles we will discuss the alternative candidates, none of whom have a snowball’s chance in Hades, of winning in Pennsylvania.