The Role of MInor Parties in Politics


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The Role of MInor Parties in Politics

  1. 1. The Role of Minor Parties in Politics The Past, The Present, and The Future By, Max Lightman
  2. 2. Thesis <ul><li>In the past minor parties have influenced politics greatly, today they are still playing an important role,and in the future they look to play an increasingly important role </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Past <ul><li>The Election of 1912 </li></ul><ul><li>The Election of 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>The Election of 1968 </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Election of 1912 <ul><li>Roosevelt made a strong run for the Republican nomination against incumbent Taft, but did not get enough delegates. </li></ul><ul><li>Created The Progressive Party a.k.a the Bull Moose Party. </li></ul><ul><li>Roosevelt beat Taft in the electoral and popular vote, but lost to Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Election of 1948 <ul><li>Northern Democrats passed a plank that would enact civil rights laws to protect Black Americans. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Southern Democrats were angered and started the States Rights Party, also known as the Dixiecrats. </li></ul><ul><li>They only campaigned in the south, but made an impressive run for President. </li></ul><ul><li>This forced Democrats to change their plank to appease the Southern Democrats. </li></ul><ul><li>This shows the innovator role. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Election of 1968 <ul><li>A group of people whom opposed the Civil War and welfare programs, decided to start their own party called the American Independent Party. </li></ul><ul><li>They ran George Wallace. </li></ul><ul><li>Wallace did very well in the south. </li></ul><ul><li>He made an impact, but still finished in third. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Nixon won the presidency. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Present <ul><li>The Election of 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>The Election of 2000 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Election of 1992 <ul><li>George H.W Bush was the incumbent president being opposed by Democratic nominee Bill Clinton and Independent Ross Perot. </li></ul><ul><li>Bush made promises he could not keep. </li></ul><ul><li>Perot was in the lead before he dropped out for a few weeks, and the other two regained the lead. </li></ul><ul><li>Character issues of other candidates allowed Perot to make an impact. </li></ul><ul><li>Perot took votes from Bush giving the election to Clinton. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Election of 2000 <ul><li>Ralph Nader the Green Party Nominee. </li></ul><ul><li>Nader wanted 5% of popular vote to get funding for 2004 election </li></ul><ul><li>The election came down to Florida. </li></ul><ul><li>Gore down 500 votes the morning after. </li></ul><ul><li>Nader had 100,000 votes in Florida. </li></ul><ul><li>Nader served as a spoiler. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Future <ul><li>In five years, minor parties will continue to make a growing impact in elections as they look to do in the 2008 election. </li></ul><ul><li>In fifteen years, I believe our country will be on the verge of having there first ever non-bipartisan President. </li></ul><ul><li>In thirty years, there will no longer be a two party system in the United States. Our political system will be comprised of many small parties. </li></ul><ul><li>People will have options in the future and not be forced to decide between two parties. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Minor parties have and will continue to play important role in this country. </li></ul><ul><li>The elections of 1912, 1948,1968,1992, and 2000 have all proved this to be true. </li></ul><ul><li>Minor parties will make a bigger impact and eventually change the political system our country has been accustomed to. </li></ul>
  12. 12. CAUTION: Road Closed