Sunday, November 4, 2012

Duck! Here Comes Another Election!

Well, here we are again, four years later, and there's still no major party candidate that can even hope the earn my vote. They are so much the same in so many ways that it's beginning to feel like a nation with only one candidate on the ballot. Whoever wins, we all lose.

Unless, by some miracle, we wake up enough, as a nation, to realize that voting Democrat or Republican politicians into office won't really change anything. We'll have the same policies no matter which party is in power, because that's how they retain the power. But we have other choices.

In most states, you have the option of voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party's Jill Stein. I'm voting for Johnson, despite the fact that he has never promised to go after the big banks for fraud, because at least I feel that he won't bail them out, and he will tend toward policies that increase freedom. He also wants to get rid of the 100-year-old Federal Reserve

But if Johnson were not on the ballot, I'd even consider voting for the very "progressive" Green Party candidate before either Obama or Romney. At the very least, Jill Stein would shake things up, and her Department of Justice would put some criminals in jail. And since I doubt even a miraculous presidential win for the Green Party would be accompanied by a congressional takeover as well, the more radical of her policy proposals would never take place.

You may think that voting for any third-party candidate is a waste of a vote. I disagree. The truly wasted vote is one given to a candidate you don't believe in.

I won't like the results of the upcoming election. But this year I can honestly say, "Don't blame me; I didn't vote for either one of them."