Monday, May 28, 2012

Some Choice!

Trey Smith

Less than six months before the November presidential elections in an exceptionally distressed United States the narrow, unpleasant parameters of political possibility are emerging. Two alternatives confront the American people, both to the right of center.

1. If President Barack Obama is reelected, with the Democratic Party retaining control of at least one chamber of Congress, there probably will be four more years of economic stagnation, high unemployment, increasing poverty and inequality, more wars, erosions of civil liberties and global warming.

2. If Mitt Romney is elected, with the right/far right Republican Party dominating either House or Senate, every particular of the travail afflicting the country today will be multiplied, with emphasis on fulfilling the desires of the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

What else could be expected during the present conservative era?
~ from The Electoral Tunnel by Jack A. Smith ~
I think that pretty well sums it up. It's a choice between bad and badder or worse and worse still. If there was ever an election that catered to the idea of voting for the lesser evil, this one certainly fits the bill.

And this is why I will not vote for either of these candidates. I might cast a vote for the Green Party candidate, but I probably won't even do that. What's the point?

Whoever the rest of you decide to vote for in the presidential race, it's going to be a wasted vote...well...unless you're a member of the 1 percent. In that case, you will get your money's worth and more. The rest of us will get the shaft.

Again.

3 comments:

  1. I believe voting is important. I believe that you should always vote for the candidate that you identify with, even if he/she has no chance of winning. Democracy is about getting your voice heard, not numbers. If you don't exercise your right to vote, your giving up your freedom to choose your own leaders. Before you know it, your right to vote may someday be gone, just like the many other civil liberties Americans have lost over the past decade due to peoples apathy.

    Come November, I will vote for Ron Paul, and if he doesn't make it till then, Jill Stein (the Green Party candidate)

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    1. I used to argue that same line, but here's the problem with the argument. In this day and age, a vote for a third party candidate is NOT heard. Vote totals for 3rd party candidates rarely are reported in the media. Third party votes rarely exert an impact on the race. Remove the third party votes from the equation and the winning candidate is the same. Even worse, third party votes don't influence the winning candidate. The winner doesn't modify his/her stance on the issues to try to bring the third party candidate voters into the fold.

      Both Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul have advocated in their party's primary process that a vote for them can be used as a bargaining chip at the nominating convention. It sounds plausible, but it hasn't worked that way for some time. Both basically get ignored and are told to support a platform they really don't support...or else!

      Beneficial change won't come from the ballot box because the Ds and Rs have rigged it so that it won't happen. Money is what talks in political campaigns these days.

      Want change? Join the Occupy Movement.

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  2. Don't forget that the world is watching and if we watch you chose one of two idiots then our opinion won't be shifted much. If instead we watch the largest no vote in world history that stands up against war and oppression, that'd be memorable.

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