As an Independent candidate, Schweitzer could consolidate many Sanders supporters. He could also bring disaffected non-voters into the voting fold, siphon off some potential Trump supporters, and attract to Libertarian and quasi-Libertarian voters.
In many respects, the 1992 Independent campaign of populist insurgent H. Ross Perot could serve as an archetype for an Independent candidacy today. That year, Perot garnered 18.9 percent of the popular vote.
Thinking the Earth is flat was a stage in our maturation. The current form of capitalism is only a stage in our economic maturation. It is the opposite of collusion for self-interest. It is cooperation for the common good.
While voters may say they want our presidential candidates to say what they think, if the candidates do not offer opinions palatable to voters, the electorate is unlikely to reward them come election day.
It is sheer electoral brilliance that the two major parties, even at their low popularity watermarks, can manipulate the political system and convince the voters that they should not vote for anyone not associated with the two major political parties.
Washington has been outspoken about the dangers of debt and leverage in the financial system. Now it is time for our elected leaders to focus on their own financial house and put the United States back on a prudent fiscal trajectory.