Some question our suggestion the Future Party start with building organizations in every state led by experienced political workers supported by eager volunteers. Once established, candidates can then vie in the conventions for the party’s Nominations. We are well aware of the fact that successful new parties have been built around a personality such as Macron in France and Beppe Grillo in Italy. The problem is we already have gone down that road with Donald Trump’s take over of the Republican Party. We feel the best counter to a personality cult party is to offer an alternative. Instead of a disruptive erratic leader, offer quiet competence and solid policies. After four or god forbid eight years of constant noise and acrimony on both sides, the country just might be tired of it. The better bet for a new party is to offer something quite different. Further, whatever name personalities out front in the beginning may define the party in ways that turn off would be adherents. The better way is provide a framework potential candidates can see themselves coming out on top in what would initially be three-way races. If potential candidates see a path forward they will come. Think of each our two major parties as rivers fed by an extreme stream and a more moderate stream. Now, mainly do to the primary system and extremes dominating the media, the moderate streams are dammed and out of the flow. Like water, the build up of blocked talented people will find somewhere to go if exists. We just have to provide a way for these moderate streams to come together to form a mighty new river.
Another criticism is the lack of a statement of principles or platform. We believe people will gravitate to the Future Party because they are convinced their present extreme parties are headed in the wrong direction and are incapable of solving our pressing problems. Many present independents have already came to that conclusion. Out of control spending, a badly broken immigration system, individual concerns over healthcare and parental leave issues and our political and economic relationship with the rest of the world are just some issues the two present parties have failed to positively address. On these issues there is wide agreement on general principles needed to resolve the problems. Better to let the new party members themselves come together on a platform they feel they can succeed on. By coming together they would show they can come up with workable plans. This could appeal to a majority of American and would show the nation who the adults in the room are. Also, if we set forth a platform in advance we stand to turn off a wide swath of potential party members.