Podcast 297

Tea Party as Third Party? Word is some people in the Tea Party think it should become a Third Political Party. What’s involved in creating a so called Third Party, how successful have they been, how successful might an actual ‘Tea Party’ be? Some tea party groups have been criticized lately for making a lot of noise, but not controlling much money, or votes; Things that matter to politicians. It has been suggested what is needed is political organization at the grass roots: Podcast 287. Some people think that means starting a so called Third Party, or constituting the Tea Party as a Third Political Party. Judging from history, if Tea Party groups aren’t able to organize their neighborhoods and precincts, what’s necessary to build a viable third political party, is beyond them. There are many so called ‘third parties’. The largest among them is the Libertarian Party which is present in about 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Green Party is present in 37 states and the District, and the Constitution Party is present in 37 states. There are many other so called ‘Third Parties’. So far, they have not been able to elect representatives or senators, although there has been some success here and there in local races. Most recently in US History, Ross Perot created the Reform Party to support his independent presidential candidacy in 1992 and 1996, garnering something like 18 percent of the vote in 1992, and no electoral votes. In essence, third parties don’t have a very good track record. So, is this the right way to organize votes and have influence in Saint Paul or Washington. It might be fair to suggest that this is yet another effort at denying what needs to be done in order to gain so called ‘street cred’ with Saint Paul and Washington Politicians; Generate a lot of money and votes and scare the daylights out of them. Making a lot of noise, so far, hasn’t seemed to accomplish this. (Editor’s Note: I spoke with a couple of Tea Party leaders this week, and they don’t seem too thrilled with this idea.) Back to work! (Join Bob Davis at the SD61 Chili Dinner January 25th to talk this out, and eat chili.) Sponsored by Ryan Plumbing and Heating of Saint Paul. 

Podcast 145

Revolution? Really? Some people in America today have started to call for a revolution, and talk openly about how it would be great if it was peaceful, but ok if it was bloody. This is something that has to be addressed. In my view this is one of the most infantile, uninformed, and ignorant ‘movements’ — if you can call it that — in the American political experience today. What do our fathers and mothers and grandparents have to teach us about the adversity they lived through in the 30’s and 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and the 1970’s? They learned to work together, because the nation’s survival depended on it. How sad that some of the sons and daughters of the ‘greatest generation’ want to take their toys home and demand revolution … a revolution the young people of today will have to fight. Is this what you really want? Sponsored by Ryan Plumbing and Heating of Saint Paul

Podcast 117

Podcast 117 gets you started on the last day of March 2014, and ready for the first week of April. A shout out to the Constitution Party of Minnesota, and why I won’t be podcasting my speech there this weekend. There’s a big controversy between the North Metro Tea Party and candidate for the Republican endorsement for the US Senate in 2014, Mike McFadden. Can moderates lead Republicans to victory if they force the nomination of yet another Bush in 2016? Will mushy moderates inevitably give way to ‘radical’ libertarian ideas espoused by leaders like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker? And why are we talking about the presidential race in 2016 when there is a perfectly pivotal election for the House of Representatives, Senate, state houses and governor’s mansions in 2014? Is Democracy dying in America? Plus updates on MH370 and the Ukraine, Obama’s foreign policy, MSNBC’s sinking ratings and a special note on the Minneapolis South West Metro Light Rail controversy. Sponsored by Edelweissdesign.com.