It is a rare occurrence when I would quote Jerry Garcia, but “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil” is very poignant with the election coming up. How is it, that many people will say they arent particularly happy with our two main choices for president, yet still vote for “the lesser of 2 evils”? How did we get to this situation?
There is very little difference between the policies of McBama. Slight nuances maybe. Neither candidate has concrete plans for change, despite the rhetoric. If people would stop voting for the lesser of two evils, and vote their conscious, its very possible that we’d get some real change. I agree, the fear that McCain would win might be enough for some to vote for Obama, but I for one like my country and don’t want to see it slip into socialism. On the same token, I don’t want to see McCain turn the country into a police state, or continue this folly of continuous war (nor do I want to see Palin as president when McCain kicks the bucket).
Just because everyone says that we have a “two party system” does not mean it has to go down that way. There are so-called “third parties” out there, that are probably more aligned with your beliefs and feelings about how things should be run. It’s unfortunate that the media does not give alternative parties the press they deserve. The media is too invested in the two major parties to shake things up, and most people are too emotionally invested in the Democratic and Republican parties to actually vote their gut. It’s a sad state of affairs.
The closest thing we had to a true third party candidate with a chance was Ross Perot in 1992. He was allowed into the debates and got almost 20% of the national vote. This scared the shit out of the 2 major parties. As a result, debates since 1992 have only had the Republican and Democratic candidates in the debate. This was orchestrated by the 2 main parties to never again allow a threat to their party supremacy.
The fact that the way things are allowed to be this way speaks volumes of the willful ignorance of the American people. There seems to be no long term memory for historical events, or the actions of people in previous administrations. The same people have basically been in power in America since the late 1960’s. Yet people continue to vote them and their surrogates into office, while at the same time wishing and hoping for “change”. Change cannot be possible until people start voting their conscious.
At this point, I would like to suggest that if you hate taxes, love the constitution, want your personal freeoms, privacy and liberty preserved, and want to stop the war… send a message… vote for Bobb Barr of the Libertarian Party. Again, he may not be the BEST choice, but he is a voice of reason in unreasonable times. A vote for a third party is NOT a wasted vote, it sends a message and will help shape the political landscape in the future.