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POLITICS: Don’t waste vote on ‘lesser of two evils’

Letter by James S. Peet, Enumclaw on April 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm | 21 Comments »
April 3, 2012 12:35 pm

As the Republican Party draws closer to nominating a presidential candidate, Americans will, for the most part, sit back and allow the two major parties to decide the fate of the country. A common refrain from many citizens is that “my vote doesn’t count.” Well, we all know this isn’t true; look at the 2004 gubernatorial race, in which Chris Gregoire barely won (after a third recount) by 129 votes.

Those dissatisfied with the direction of our country and the current presidential field should perhaps consider a two-term former governor who advocates fiscal responsibility along with social tolerance: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson of New Mexico. Of all the candidates running, he’s the only one re-elected to his governorship (by a majority of voters), the only one who is still liked (according to a Public Policy poll) and the only one who has kept his campaign promises.

Forty percent of voters identify themselves as independent, so they now have the opportunity to change history by voting their conscience rather than voting for “the lesser of two evils.”

Be a fully informed voter. Check out Johnson’s platform at www.garyjohson2012.com. Wouldn’t it be nice to vote for somebody for once?

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