By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 5/05/20 (Tue)
Looking through old copies of the newspaper lately, there was an entry in 1980 in which someone was trying to resurrect the Non Partisan League and a meeting was scheduled for a constitutional convention in
If my memory is right, the Non Partisan League political party merged with the Democratic Party in 1956 and became what it is today, the Democratic-NPL Party.
Obviously that meeting in
Back then, in 1916, when Non Partisan Lynn Frazier was elected governor, the need was because farmers in the state felt powerless against the grain millers in
And when farmers went to the Legislature to complain about it, they were told to “go home and slop the hogs.”
That didn’t set well for a lot of people, so they started a grassroots organization behind the leadership of A.C. Townley and ran the previous Legislature out on its ear.
Maybe somebody should try to bring back the Non Partisan League now. There are so many people who are disgusted with both major political parties and don’t know what to do.
If there was a third party that was completely different than the other two, there is no doubt it would quickly gain popularity.
The problem is leadership, or lack of it. We can bring the Non Partisan League back but we all know we can’t bring A.C. Townley or Lynn Frazier back.
There has to be leadership willing to work hard to make it succeed and to stand up against the establishment that thinks it’s invincible.
There are a lot of stories, far too many to even list in this space, but the Non Partisan League helped a lot of people while it was in existence and historians attest that the league did a good job of running state government.
Is it possible to find that magic again?
This should also be going on across the nation. The
If there was a third party? You’re thinking there is a third party in the Libertarians. But what has that party accomplished?
When you tell somebody you don’t like Trump, they automatically assume you voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
When you tell somebody you don’t like
Some of us voted for Gary Johnson, but most people just can’t seem to grasp onto that.
And it’s too bad. Johnson had North Dakota ties, he made
It’s unfortunate Johnson didn’t get more votes in 2016, which brings me back to the two parties.
It seems like there has been nothing but complaining about the other party, but those complainers don’t even acknowledge the Libertarian Party.
Perhaps a Non Partisan League could shake things up a bit like it did 100 years ago. There has to be some kind of spark to get us back on the track this nation should be on.
A third-party candidate has never won a
What a third party can do is keep two main parties honest. We see it all the time in
That should happen in
Bring back the Non Partisan League! One-hundred years ago, Townley made calls to farms all across the state. Today, the Internet can move a lot faster than Townley’s Model T.
It doesn’t hurt to have a third opinion. Otherwise we see our democracy begin to wane.