In 2004, Ralph Nader ran as the candidate for the Green Party, and many felt he greatly affected the final outcome of the election. Over the past couple of years, the Tea Party has grown as has the Libertarian Party.
As more Americans identify themselves as Independents, the third parties take on new significance. For this discussion, complete the following:
- Define party dealignment/realignment, and share whether you think this is happening to either the Democratic or Republican Party or both.
- List and describe two advantages and two disadvantages that third parties offer to voters in the United States.
Use party Web sites and current events to make your arguments.