Wyoming Country Party

Hope this catches on:

From their website:

The Wyoming Country Party is a new political party that will nominate, support and elect candidates to the Wyoming legislature who will reduce the size and scope of government.

We embrace these fundamental principles:

  • that government is best which governs least [TeeJaw says: you get an extra cookie if you know where this phrase comes from*]
  • the people are entitled to a government that stays within the confines of the Constitution
  • the Constitution was written to keep the government off the people’s backs

The Wyoming Country Party advocates reducing taxes on Wyoming citizens, reducing state government spending, and reducing Wyoming’s dependence on the federal government. The party believes that the federal government has grown too large and powerful, and will work to elect Wyoming citizens to the Wyoming legislature who will reclaim, through legal and peaceful means, state responsibility for education, land management, wildlife management and other government functions that were reserved to the states or to the people by the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution.

Check out their website.

*It’s part of the opening sentence of Henry David Thoreau’s 1849 essay  “Civil Disobedience” in which he criticizes the poll tax, the standing army, the standing government, and just about everything else.  It’s available here and about a zillion other places on the internet.

A third party that confines itself to one state and tries to elect members of the state legislature might actually be a way to effect changes in the Republican party.  Third party movements that are conservative in outlook simply enable more Democrats to get elected.  Janet Napolitano would not be the head of Homeland Security today if she had not be elected governor of Arizona as a Democrat.  And she would not have been elected governor of Arizona if the Libertarian party had not split the Republican vote.

Likewise, liberal third party movements elect more Republicans by splitting the Democrat vote.  That’s why the Democrat party, being so much more politically astute and ruthless than Republicans, move quickly to crush and neutralize liberal third party movements.

Third party movements do the most good when they are able to get the Republican party to shape up and act responsibly conservative.  When they attempt to compete directly with Republicans, Democrats are the beneficiaries.

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