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ELECTION: Don’t be chained to status quo

Letter by L.H. Smith, University Place on Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | 15 Comments »
August 6, 2012 3:47 pm

Every four years we are faced with Hobson’s choice when it comes to electing a president. The Democrats and Republicans simply represent different wings of the Big Government Party.

Both support the warfare/welfare state, albeit for the benefit of different clients. Both groups advocate intrusive and expensive government and intervention in foreign countries’ affairs, leading to the dissipation of the country’s blood and treasure.

It’s time for each citizen to vote for the candidate he or she the truly wants to be president rather than the same tired two-party offerings. For “that government is best that governs least,” maybe the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, is the right guy. For a government that provides more services and freebies to society, maybe the Socialist or Communist candidate might be the best choice. If the environment is critical, the Green Party’s Jill Stein might be the best bet.

Washington’s electoral votes will go to Barack Obama in November, that’s a certainty, because the Interstate 5 corridor of progressives and other Democrats can’t be overcome in a statewide election. Their candidate will always win.

But that doesn’t mean any citizen of this state will have to vote for Obama or Mitt Romney. There are other choices not listed on the ballot. Each citizen should write in the candidate that most accurately reflects his or her view and not be chained to the political status quo.

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