Thursday, September 11, 2008

Don't Waste Your Vote (on either major party)

I won’t be voting for a Democrat or a Republican in the upcoming presidential election. The primary reason is because I don’t really believe there is a major difference between the candidates. In regard to foreign policy, the welfare state, big government, and privacy issues there is no discernable difference at all. Where is the candidate for states’ rights and shrinking of the federal government? Where is the candidate who will reign in the Federal Reserve and move us toward a currency that is actually backed by something more than our imaginations and maintained the shuffling and obscuring of massive debt? As either Obama or McCain will learn during the next term…it is probably too late for that already. The tsunami is coming. I could go on for ten paragraphs about Bear Stearns, Fannie and Freddie, and, soon to come Lehman, Merrill Lynch, and WAMU…but even the perfect candidate could not fix this mess now.
Now I realize there are, theoretically, ideological differences that should be considered between the candidates. This one supports Roe vs. Wade, this one doesn’t. This one wants gun control, this one wants less. But where is the candidate who will state that NEITHER of these issues and many like them are not issues for the federal government to decide AT ALL. At best (where constitutional to even question) these should be decided by the states.
On energy policy. One party wants to drill offshore…the other doesn’t. Seriously, they are not even engaging in the correct debate. I realize most of the sheeple of America believe this is where the debate is. All the time we are told idiotic drivel like “America has 200 years of oil, and all we have to do is go get it.” Absolutely NOT true. These accounts take into consideration oil shale, oil sands, and the Bakken formation. These ARE NOT conventional oil plays and will not solve the energy crisis. We cannot extract any of these resources at high enough rates to make any more than a small bump on the declining production curve of American oil. Don’t believe me, though (someone involved in this arena professionally), research it for yourself. Just please do not listen to what the democrats, republicans, or CNN, or Fox News tell you. Oil is down to a paltry $100 a barrel now (major sarcasm)…so for Joe-six-pack this is probably a dead issue since surely it will head far back down into double digits and stay there forever….it’s our God-given American right (more major sarcasm).
Erosion of civil rights and right to privacy. This is a big one. We are seeing things that are I frankly cannot believe are happening in America. Habeus Corpus/eminent domain…where is the champion of the private property owner? A hair splitting debate about the definition of torture for crying out loud....should we ever get so close to torturing other humans to even ask ourselves these questions? Unregulated government sponsored phone tapping of private citizens. What. Does anyone even care? Neither of the two major candidates does.
I am just getting started. But if you find yourself saying you are going to vote for the lesser of two evils…then don’t. Pick a third party candidate who lines up with your views. The lesser of two evils is still evil. Down with the two (one) party system. More on this later…I’m out of time.

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”
Carroll Quigley – Author of Tragedy & Hope


Tara H. said...


Are you suggesting that we not vote if we do not like either candidate? Is it not better to vote for one that is lessor of the two evils? I realize neither is ideal, but is it better to just sit back and do nothing? I am a little surprised and maybe a little confused. Perhaps more should have been at the polls during the primaries? You speak of a 3rd party candidate, but where is this candidate? Where is the leader we need?

Jeff Johnson said...

Do some research and find out who the 3rd party candidates are on the ballot in your state and see if you agree with any of them. If not...write someone in...perhaps Ron Paul. Don't get me wrond, A 3rd party candidate WILL NOT WIN THIS ELECTION. The important thing is to quit perpetuating the broken system (actually it works really well for those who control it) by voting for one of the candidates that has been chosen for you.