Does the United States need a new political party? A group of former Democrats and Republicans think so.
A 2021 Gallup Poll found 62% of Americans were unhappy with both the Republican and Democratic Parties. According to the poll, many people think the Republican Party caters too much to the extreme “right” or ultra conservative factions while the Democrats are overly influenced by the extreme “left” or socialist groups.
In August, 2022, a Gallup Poll found 43% of American voters now consider themselves political independents.
The Forward Party is co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
They have announced the goal of being on the ballot in at least 30 states by 2023.
“We are starting from a refreshingly simple premise,” the Forward website explains. “Every problem has a solution most Americans can support (really). We just have to cut out the extreme partisanship, reintroduce a competition of ideas, and work together in good faith.
"We're not just a new party. We're a new kind of party," the website explains. "The Forward Party stands for doing, not dividing. That means rejecting polticial extremes and working together to take real action on every important issue for the unrepresented majority in American politics, We're not building a copy of the current parties, which are dragging our country backwards. We're moving forward, with a party focused on innovative, collaborative and common-sense solutions that work for the majority."
The website points out the difference between Forward and the other political parties.
“The Forward Party will welcome new ideas and fearless conversations around the issues of the day. We won’t silence debate or refuse to adapt to the modern world.
“The Forward Party will empower leaders to find solutions that work in their communities. We won’t dictate a rigid, top down policy platform and expect it to work for all Americans.
“The Forward Party will create a political home for everyone willing to set aside the partisan extremes and find practical ways to make this country better. We won’t be checking IDs to see if people are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.
“The Forward Party will ask you what we can do for your community. We will not ask what your community can do for us.
“The Forward Party will strive for collaborative solutions, make sure they work, and try something else if they don’t. We won’t ignore problems so that we can use them to drive wedges between Americans; nothing gets done when opposing views are treated like enemy positions.
“The Forward Party will approach each other with grace and tolerance, finding ways to pick people back up rather than knock them down. We won’t cancel people or cast them out of the party for not falling in line.’