An Open Letter to Dr. Charles Wheelan, The Founder of Unite America
To Dr. Charles Wheelan,
Dear Dr. Wheelan,
on April 8, 2017 I wrote a large paper on the true mission of the third political party.
Later in the following papers I've clarified my views on the matter. At the time, I didn't know about the existence of your Unite America group. I only learned about you and your project yesterday from the media.
Quickly checking your website, I realized that your group has declared the political strategy similar to the one I have described in my posts.
I also have found that from 2013 your group called The Centrist Project, and changed the name in January 2018.
I don’t know if your Fulcrum Strategy was influenced in any way be one of my posts, or not (I am still waiting for your book The Centrist Manifesto), but it does not matter, because it appears that you using the strategy in a wrong way.
Or at least it seems like you have misunderstood the main idea of the purpose of the third political party.
No doubt, ultimately it would be a great achievement if the third-party candidates, or independents would be elected into various entities of the government.
the political mission of the third party is not electing third-party candidates, but helping the best candidates to be elected.
If some day from now the best candidate will be the third-party candidate, that will be just great!
But in the current elation cycle expecting that a non-Republican or a non-Democrat would have a good chance to be elected is just not realistic.
And the motto of the third-party is “We are realists who help making the future better!”
Realistically, in the current environment a third-party candidate would not attract enough voters in order to win the election. So, about two weeks before the election day, the third-party candidate should address to his or her followers and to urge them to give their votes to the best candidate, who, again, in the current political environment, is a Democrat.
I'm afraid that your strategy of promoting third-party candidate to the very end will hurt democratic candidates in close races, and actually will help to elect Republican candidates, which had happened before (including 2016 presidential election).
Pursing this strategy can only deter people from your group.