As I was reading tonight’s reading about the creation of the two different political parties, or “factions” as they were referred to at the time, I began to think about what significance political parties have today. Especially with this year’s election, I find this an interesting topic to talk, and just to think, about. Mainly what crossed my mind was the idea of there being other political parties, other than just the Democratic and the Republican parties – the two that most known today. Of course, we know that there are other parties, but why don’t we know more about them? Why is it that all the smaller parties are less famous? Which is what brings me to the Bull Moose Party. As odd as the name may seem, it was, and is, a real political party, and even had a sitting president – Theodore Roosevelt. Initially, the party was called the Progressive Party, but Roosevelt changed the name (after he boasted that he was “as fit as a bull moose”). This party is fiscally conservative, but socially liberal which, to me, seems like a combination that appeals to a lot of people. So, why isn’t it more well-known? Why isn’t there a third debater up onstage with Romney and Obama from the Bull Moose Party? What would have happened if there were? Personally, while I agree with many of the ideals of the Bull Moose Party, I feel that if the country had splintered off into many different political parties, America may have shattered. That said, could all of the different out-spoken ideas helped to spread the little-known opinons of some, rather than just the glazing over of specific varying opinions as occurs today when people declare themselves either “Republican” or “Democrat”?