NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman explains why "we need a third party on the stage of the next presidential debate":
The best our current two parties can produce today — in the wake of the worst existential crisis in our economy and environment in a century — is suboptimal... Suboptimal is O.K. for ordinary times, but these are not ordinary times. We need to stop waiting for Superman and start building a superconsensus to do the superhard stuff we must do now. Pretty good is not even close to good enough today.
We have to rip open this two-party duopoly and have it challenged by a serious third party.
"If competition is good for our economy," asks Diamond, "why isn’t it good for our politics?"
We need a third party on the stage of the next presidential debate to look Americans in the eye and say: “These two parties are lying to you. They can’t tell you the truth because they are each trapped in decades of special interests. I am not going to tell you what you want to hear. I am going to tell you what you need to hear...