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When was the last time that a candidate that rejects the 2 party system has achieved greatness?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Lincoln achieved greatness through the evolving of the Republican Party from the remnants of the Whig Party and those who broke from the Democratic Party of Andrew Jackson. What truly brought him to greatness was not the weakening of the political system as much as his handling of the greatest crisis in American history--the Civil War.

    Theodore Roosevelt achieved greatness but that was before he rejected the two party system and formed a breakaway third party. He lost the election but remains--in the eyes of many--a great president.

    I would give the nod to Lincoln, since he achieved greatness after essentially abandoning the two-party system as it existed before 1858.

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  • Mike W
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    9 years ago

    It's up to you if you want to consider this greatness, but Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota, and he ran as an independent. He actually made more money as governor than he spent campaigning for the job. When the state had a surplus, he got the money back to the people in such a way that they didn't have to pay taxes on it, by sending it out as sales tax rebates.

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  • Read the speeches of George Washington for the answer.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Never. America has been indoctrined from the start to pit us against one another.

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  • 9 years ago

    sometime before 1776...oh wait, never

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