8 Odd Political Parties You Haven’t Heard Of

If you are tiring of Donald Trump’s cringe-worthy proclamations or Hillary Clinton’s grating voice, maybe it’s time to look into other sources in which to pour all that pent-up political activism. Consider joining one of these oddball political parties:

 

1. The United States Pirate Party

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The USPP was founded in 2006 and is based on freedom of information, government transparency, protection of privacy, and the reform of copyright laws.

 

2. The American Vegetarian Party

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The American Vegetarian Party was founded in 1947 and nominated Presidents in several elections. The party ran on an anti-meat, anti-alcohol, anti-tobacco, and anti-medicine platform.

 

3. The Guns and Dope PartyLikeWhatYouLike

The Guns and Dope Party was started as a joke in 2003. Its idea was that if there was a party that brought together left-wing drug users and right-wing gun lovers, an unstoppable majority would be created. The party’s unofficial slogan was “I’ll tolerate your hobbies if you tolerate mine.”

 

4. The Surprise Party

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In 1940, Grace Allen ran for president under the “Surprise Party.” The campaign started as a joke but gathered attention when she toured the country giving speeches in which she proclaimed that the country should be proud of their debt because “It’s the biggest in the world!” This was oddly successful; even after she withdrew her name, thousands of people wrote her in on the ballot.

 

5. The Youth International Party

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The Youth International Party, also known as the “Yippies,” ran on a platform of anarchist and radical ideals. They were anti-war and anti-establishment and used public pranks to mock society and garner attention.

 

6. The American Common Sense Party

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The American Common Sense Party was formed in 2000 and is based on restoring balance, order and efficiency into the current American government. Their website lists their platform basis as: Government should leave us alone. F**ck people with no sense of humor.”

 

7. Prohibition Party

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The Prohibition Party is the largest third party organization in the US. Yep, it still exists. In 1919 the party succeeded in passing the 18th Amendment, which outlawed alcohol. Though they’ve certainly declined in power, the party has nominated a presidential candidate in every election since 1872.

 

8. The Light Party

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The Light Party is dedicated to “health peace, prosperity, and freedom for all”. They vaguely aim to improve the quality of human life on earth, by healing and regenerating both America and the Global Family.

Author: Cecilia

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