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ELECTION: Why vote for Gary Johnson?

Letter by John Mills, Tacoma on Oct. 25, 2012 at 10:19 am | No Comments »
October 25, 2012 10:22 am

America doesn’t elect presidents by popular vote. Instead, it’s done through the electoral college. There is no doubt Barack Obama will win Washington’s 12 electoral votes; even top Republicans admit ours is a reliably “blue” state, which is why we (thankfully) aren’t being bombarded with presidential TV ads.

Basically, what that means is that votes here for Obama or Mitt Romney are wasted votes.

Breaking the political stranglehold of D’s and R’s on American politics is essential to improving America. That’s so even if you generally support Democrats or Republicans because no genuine political debate occurs when voters are perceived by those in power to have no options.

Whatever criticism exists of the Libertarian Party and its candidates, there is little doubt that it has the best chance for breaking the two-party system because it is by far the biggest of alternatives to the two old parties. If the LP can break through, it will lead to a cascade of voter choice – something good for all Americans.

I am voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson because there is a small chance he’ll get 5 percent and thereby qualify the LP for significant federal funds in 2016, something that will attract the media attention needed to get into debates and crack the old parties’ near monopoly on political discourse.

Voting for Johnson is the single most important thing anyone in Washington can do to help change politics for the better, and it won’t matter at all to the Obama-Romney horse race.

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