A few days ago, newly elected co-chair Evan Lyne was interviewed for an article by USA Today. The complete interview was a bit more extensive, as the article shortened Lyne’s comments to one or two sentences. Here is a transcript of the complete interview; link to the article is below as well.
Hammond: What do you think of the current political environment, particularly the gridlock in Congress?
Lyne: Politicians of the two major parties mostly take corporate donations, so they are inherently working in service of those entities. What our current political environment consists of is a clashing of corporate interests. The corporations funding the Democrats want X and those funding Republicans want Y; it’s as simple as that. In my opinion, the current political environment is one in which we finally are witnessing the swan song of the two-party system.
Hammond: Do you think the Republican and Democratic parties adequately represent the American people?
Lyne: Absolutely not; the polls speak as evidence of that. Both parties are becoming authoritarian to extremes that the American people would never allow, if they thought they had a say in the matter. The American people do not want a government that listens to their phone calls, reads their e-mails, or a government that works for its own profit at the expense of its constituents.
Hammond: Millennials will be the political leaders in a few decades. What do you want to see change in the American party system, if anything?
Lyne: Significant reform, undoubtedly. I would like to see an entry of a third-party into the political arena, potentially opening the door for a multiparty system. Choice is essential in a democratic government.
Hammond: A Gallup poll released last week said the perceived need for a third major political party has reached a new high and attributes this to the inability of Republicans and Democrats to agree on basic government functions. 60% of Americans in the poll say the Democratic and Republican parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. What do you think of these results?
Lyne: These results show that the American people have finally had enough of a two-party system that so constantly works against their interests. When I see such a high percentage, it gives me hope and further motivation to work with the Green Party. I think this is a politically crucial moment in our country’s history; one in which all sorts of third parties intend to exert themselves, particularly the Green Party and the Libertarian Party.
Hammond: Do you think a third party is needed? Would you want one?
Lyne: Of course, there is no question. I wouldn’t be so avidly involved with the Green Party if I didn’t think a third party was needed or wanted.
Hammond: How would a third major party affect the political environment?
Lyne: I can assume that it would shake it up considerably, depending on the ideology of said party. How would the Green Party affect it? We would push legislation which seeks to end climate change, we would seek to eliminate student debt, and we would put a stop to corporate welfare. Will there be tension politically? Yes, if the party disagrees with us, which both of them do at this point.
Hammond: How would a third party help represent the American people?
Lyne: Again, this totally depends on the party in question. A third party could either represent the American people perfectly, or represent them just as badly as Democrats and Republicans do. The Green Party would represent the American people to the best of its ability, as it is one of the very few national parties that wants to focus its efforts on education, protecting our civil liberties, and ending climate change in the hope of a safe future for the generations to come. That is what the American people really want.
Hammond: If a third major party were to gain ground and win elections to Congress, instead of two heads not being able to agree, would Congress not just become three heads not being able to agree?
Lyne: It would not result in this form of a shutdown, because if one party were to disagree with the other two, a budget would still be passed according to whichever two parties hold a majority. The Green Party would seek to drastically change what that budget typically acts to do, so political tensions will increase. I would imagine that other third parties would seek something just as radical, which will be what truly puts the two major parties to the test. The test, of course, being that they will have to show the public what their true values are.