Las Vegas Sun

May 5, 2015

Currently: 68° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account


New political parties are needed

I’ve been reading about the concerns of Republicans regarding the Senate campaign of Jon Scott Ashjian under the Nevada Tea Party banner. Their concerns seem to be based on the prospect of splitting votes from the mainstream GOP candidate, thereby handing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a re-election victory.

Campaigns are similar to selling products. It’s all about marketing. If the GOP has a substantive, quality candidate, with ideas that resonate with the electorate, why fear any competitor? If the Republican candidate cannot convince voters that he or she is the best person for the job, why should that candidate be elected?

It’s about time for new blood to be infused into our political process. Many have commented that all incumbents should be thrown out; but what good is replacing old politicians with new ones from the same parties who are beholden to the same power structures?

What we have now is simply more of the same. The prospect of new parties, both conservative and liberal, just might provide opportunity for new ideas to be presented, discussed and either accepted or rejected by voters.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.