Okay, one more political blog. With the presidential election just a day away, even I can’t keep off the topic.
Have you considered all your choices? Would you ever vote for someone who isn’t running for the Democrats or the Republicans? The two big dogs are all we hear about from the media, but they aren’t the only candidates for president. Project Vote Smart lists six major candidates on their website. Besides McCain and Obama, our choices are:
- Charles Baldwin (Constitution Party)
- Robert Barr (Libertarian Party)
- Cynthia McKinney (Green Party)
- Ralph Nader (no party affiliation)
I’m not seeking to make an endorsement. But have you asked yourself what will decide your vote? Are you truly voting on the issues, or are you just remaining faithful to some party loyalty you developed over the years? Have you ever felt like you’re choosing the lesser of two evils? Many people are discontent with both of the obvious choices. If you hate them both, don’t vote for either of them. Vote on the issues. I say vote with your conscience.
Is it a wasted vote to choose a third party? Maybe. They won’t win, at least not this time around. But maybe something is fundamentally wrong with the system. How much choice do we really have if both major candidates leave a bad taste in our mouths and we settle on whichever one we believe is less likely to screw up everything? Isn’t it a wasted vote to support someone you don’t like just because you think they have a real shot at winning?
Maybe if enough people refuse to vote Republican or Democrat, someone will hear American voices calling for real change. Maybe someone up there in the bureaucratic elite will heed our muffled cry to fix our failing political system. We should stand up for a system where the people’s choices really do make a difference. Right now many voters feel helpless and disillusioned and truly believe their voices don’t matter. This is not how a democracy should work.
I won’t try to tell you who to vote for. I can’t even tell you who I will vote for- I haven’t decided yet. There’s a chance I may yet fall in with party lines, give up my ideological rebellion against the system and submit with the futile hope that I can help my perceived lesser of the evils win. But then again, maybe not.
Just think long and hard before you vote this Tuesday. That’s all anyone can ask.