Although most people believe that the United States has ONLY TWO political parties... We actually have more than seven major political parties now. The two most popular parties, Republicans and Democrats, are often referred to as "the lesser of two evils" by both sides.
Additional political parties, most often referred to as 3rd-party candidates, include: the TEA Party, the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Independent Party, and the Independence Party. Candidates running without a political endorsement from any party are known as Independent Candidates.
"We have a One Big Government Party system. It has a Republican wing that likes war and deficits and assaults on civil liberties and a Democratic wing that likes welfare and taxes and attacks on commercial liberties. It doesn't care about your freedoms because in exercising them you are an obstacle to it's power. And it will do anything to stay in power."
— Judge Andrew Napolitano
"The League of Women Voters is withdrawing sponsorship of the presidential debates ... because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter. It has become clear to us that the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public."
— League of Women Voters on October 2, 1988
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