Alan Keyes: 2012: Last chance for American liberty

Worldnet DailyPosted: May 13, 2011 1:00 am Eastern

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This week a hospital in China reported that "conjoined twin girls with a single body and two heads have been born at its facility." By coincidence, (or was it Providence) the photo that accompanied the report perfectly illustrates the topic brought to my mind for this week's column by the reported results of a Gallup poll conducted toward the end of April. –

"Fifty-two percent of Americans believe the Republican and Democratic parties do such a poor job of representing the people that a third party is needed. … The percentage calling for a third party is down from August, when it tied its high of 58 percent." Moreover the report goes on to note an even more significant fact, that "the majority of Republicans [now] back [a] third part for [the] first time." It also notes that "right now there is also a significant party gap, with 52 percent of Republicans favoring a third party, compared with 33 percent of Democrats."

The report goes on to confirm that this disaffection is of long standing. "Support for a third party has fluctuated since October 2003, when Gallup first asked this question. The majority of Americans thought a third party was not needed at that time. Since then, Americans have generally favored a third party. …" Thus for close to seven years a majority of Americans have consistently felt that the current party system doesn't represent them. (Imagine a seven-year period in which Americans were found to be consistently pessimistic about the economy. Like casualties in a war, this would eventually have become a major news subject just about every day. Yet their seven-year stretch of political pessimism has been consistently ignored.)

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