commented on May 2018 Newsletter
2018-05-15 19:17:30 -0500
Dear Dale Ritchie,
I think that the political ideals of your party are very important and could begin a new optimism in America. However, I think that your political strategy will doom you to being an asterisk. First, the name of your party: Most Americans (except the educated ones) probably slept through the five minutes in their HS American history course when the Whig Party was discussed, so the historical meaning of the name will not serve any real purpose. The name always sounded funny to me — the association with wigs — and it always seemed old fashioned. There is a reason that the former Whigs switched to the name “Republican”.
Second, and more important: starting a 3rd party is probably a losing political strategy. Political parties are about winning elections. The choice of the name and the 3rd party strategy suggest that you are idealists who aren’t seriously interested in winning elections. You might have an influence on American political thought, which is a laudable goal, but you won’t win elections this way. How many 3rd parties in American history have won the presidency? The Republicans had already become one of the 2 parties by the time Lincoln won — they were no longer a 3rd party and they had a mass base.
I would suggest that you adopt a more modern sounding name (every decision matters in a political struggle) and that you start as a caucus in the Republican Party grounded on your political beliefs. You can always become a party at a later date when you have a mass base and the time is right, or you can take over the Republican Party as you grow. Either strategy could possibly win. The choice is between being a political sideshow vs. eventually becoming a real political force that can win elections. a web site is not a real political party.