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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 with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 15
  1. Fibonacci says:

    “Each citizen should write in the candidate that most accurately reflects his oe her view…..” Why. Is that candidate has no chance to win? It would be a wasted vote.

  2. beerBoy says:

    Fibo – “throwing away your vote” is voting every year for the same choices and expecting things to change.

  3. Fibonacci says:

    No, throwing away your vote is not voting for the lesser of two evils. I am no fan of Obama, but Romney would be worse.

  4. beerBoy says:

    and the beat goes on…..

  5. sandblower says:

    If Mr. Smith cannot tell the difference between Romney, the President and the others, he has no business voting. His letter is ridiculous.
    President Obama will be reelected. Romney is a rich guy trying to buy the Presidency and too many people know that fact. A libertarian is a conservative in wolf’s clothing minus their usually singular saving position on a woman’s right to choose.

  6. bobcat1a says:

    There are only two candidates who can win. Anyone who cannot tell which of those would be better for the country should definitely vote for a third party candidate because we don’t need anyone that ignorant skewing the results.

  7. hey Mark – which is which? LOLOL

  8. beerBoy says:

    MoD ……I like it when you are feisty!


  9. beerBoy says:

    Think of this….enough people vote 3rd Party that the Dempublican Party(s) start losing to the other side and maybe, just maybe, they reconsider their corporate puppet figurehead strategy in future elections and actually put forward someone of quality.

    Sometimes you have to “throw away your vote” to make your vote count eventually.

  10. RegisteringFool says:

    The first time I ran into the the concept of the “forced choice” was while reading Playboy. Yeah, I really was reading one of the articles. It was actually about how to get a woman to spend the night at your place. You should never ask, the article said, whether your guest had brought a toothbrush. You should have spare toothbrushes and the question should be whether she prefers a red one or a blue one.

    That little vignette has stuck with me for a couple of decades now, because it is a perfect metaphor for our current political system.

    Red or blue. Either way you are going to get screwed.

    Throwing away your vote? Think about it.

  11. MarksonofDarwin says:


    That was mild when you consider my full potential for feistyness!


    As you can see, there is a world of difference between team GS & TS. So many deep issues to delve into. It will take some time, but I know we will figure it out!

    Btw, I didn’t come up with that….it’s from a Southpark episode. Hilarious!

  12. SwordofPerseus says:

    The mighty Columbia River begins as little drops of water, falling from leaves in Southern British Columbia. A few drops run together, more and more until…You get the idea.

  13. Ok BB and Sop, vote for your third party candidate. I would almost believe that if your criticism was not completely partisan.

  14. beerBoy says:

    ct7 – you still don’t get it, I don’t support Obama because he is a triangulating Centrists who comes into negotiations with the Rightists by giving them all that they want and then they ask for more. He is Left in speech only. It would make no sense for me to support someone who is more (openly) Right than him because I feel he isn’t Left enough.

    As I have stated before:

    Obama bad, Romney worse.

  15. RegisteringFool says:

    CT7 – Vote for your major party candidate.

    Just don’t come crying to me when your taxes creep up some more, when your property is condemned to build a shopping mall, when Rombama ratchets up the military budget with fiat currency, when the drones start hovering in your back yard and when all you can find in the supermarket is GMO “food”.

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