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ELECTION: Candidates could send a message

Letter by Monika Newitt, Tacoma on Aug. 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm with 3 Comments »
August 20, 2012 1:23 pm

It seems to me that the two major candidates for president would get much more mileage out of their campaigns by focusing on what they have in common and outlining only where they differ. The energy expended in hurling insults could be put to much better use.

For example, their Medicare programs are almost identical, but an attentive public would never guess that by the divisiveness of their rhetoric.

The mud-slinging and negative ads sound like chalk on a blackboard to most voters, if nationally acclaimed political cartoons are any indicator. By modeling a spirit of cooperation, looking for the similarities rather than differences in addressing the nation’s difficulties, the candidates would send a message to Congress: that we must work together – something Congress has also failed to do.

Only one candidate will win, but as it looks right now, I’m not thrilled about voting for either of them.

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  1. RegisteringFool says:

    “Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.” – Helen Keller, 1911.
    And so it has been, and so it shall be, as long as we continue to use the so-called Australian ballot and depend upon the single member plurality election district. See, “Duverger’s Law” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duverger's_law.

    Tired of “wasting” your vote on the same old stuff? Check out Libertarian Gary Johnson and/or Green Jill Stein.

  2. A vote for a third party is a vote for the GOP.

  3. tellnolies says:

    Thank you RF. Wish more of us would abandon the so called duopoly.

    Americans keep voting D&R, apparently expecting different results.
    Then we start with the blame game, pointing fingers at the “other” side, when we can all just blame ourselves for letting the majors continue this charade.

    Amusing in that sad sort of way

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