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A Third Party Hopes to Restore Sanity

Uncle Sam photo There’s a new party on the block. Recently the Alliance Party, a third party that aspires to become a national entity in the next election, publically announced its formation.

People have been crying out for a new party for many years, as the two-party system has been failing. The current government shut down is just one of many signs of its failure. For many years the two parties have grown wider apart, to the point that they are now more like enemies fighting a constant war than respected advisories. This war has been stressing many of us out for years.

To me, the constant fighting of the Democrats and Republicans brings up how it was for my brothers and me when our parents were constantly fighting. My parents fought almost every night, and in addition to causing us to have constant stress, their fighting also left us without parents who cared about our welfare and were able to be there us as we went through the day-to-day task of growing up.

My parents were caught up in an ongoing, relentless war to prove that the other parent was responsible for all the bad things in the marriage. Similarly, the Democrats and Republicans are caught up an ongoing, relentless war to prove that the other party is responsible for all the bad things in the United States. Sadly, like my parents, neither party is taking care of what our country needs right now, peace and true caring about what we, the citizens, need.
On its website, the Alliance Party states that it “is the culmination of a decades long movement of fiscally conservative, radically moderate, accountable, reasoned, independents, former democrats and republicans who want our elected officials to be non-partisan once in office and work for all of their constituents to provide a better future for our country.

“We are veterans, educators, tradespeople, former elected officials, professionals, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, active military, high school and college students and neighbors,” the site states. It goes on to announce, “We, who are now the majority of American voters, no longer accept partisan gridlock and special interests. Our mission is clear and within reach: return to a functioning government that can solve problems, work together and move the country forward for everyone.”

In a section of “About Us” entitled, “Our Values” the site touts old fashioned values: “Our values are simple. Treat others as you would have them treat you. Conduct yourself as if your grandmother were watching and listening. If you make a mistake, admit it and fix it. “

The Alliance Party represents a merger of three former parties, TheWhig Party, The American Moderates, and The American Party SE. These parties existed for many years, but none of them was strong enough to make an impact on the national level. The current merger is the handiwork of the National Chair of the Alliance Party, Brian Mistrot. The party officially began operations in October of 2018. It already has coordinators in all 50 states as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Somoa and Washington D.C.

The party has plans to elect people on the local, state and national levels. On their site they are asking for people who want to run for office, as well as for volunteers, donations and general members. Obviously excitement is running high among current members. Almost everybody I speak to about the Alliance Party says, “It’s about time we have a third party.”

Among readers, who are interested in psychology, this third party holds out the hope that a return to sanity might heal the schism and the high stress that has plagued America for some time. If a third party can bring people together and restore calm and a better quality of life to America, it may constitute the political healer we all need.

Whether it attains these lofty goals, at least it will provide an alternate and fresh new voice that will help foster a more constructive dialog among the parties.

A Third Party Hopes to Restore Sanity

Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D.

Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D. is a licensed psychoanalyst in New York and has been practicing for over 37 years. He works with adults, couples, families, adolescents, and children. He has graduated from three psychotherapy institutes and received a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Washington Square Institute in 1981. He has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of psychology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College since 2002 and has authored thirteen books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis as well as four novels and a book of poems and drawings. More recently he wrote 20 screenplays (winning four first-place awards at festivals) and produced and directed two feature films.

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Schoenewolf, G. (2019). A Third Party Hopes to Restore Sanity. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 2, 2020, from


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