Have you ever noticed that the term "Wasted Vote" or similar terms never show up until election time? I suppose that make sense in an abstract kind of way... but have you also noticed that the only people talking about it AND how there is "no such thing" is third party supporters and candidates?
I recently had a "debate" with a Libertarian" candidate named R. Lee Wrights on facebook. I'm pretty sure Mr. Wrights has somewhere between hysterical laughter and no frigging chance of getting his party's nomination, much less EVER getting through the general election. (Mr. Wrights lost this debate and I have the screen shots)
There is such a thing as a wasted vote. It's unfortunate but that's the way it is. Period
Look, I fully understand the thought behind it; "It's my vote, I have the right to express it as I wish." I agree, 100%, but if in 2012, you vote outside of the established "2 party system", meaning Republican or DemocRat, you will be expressing your opinion to an empty room.
For a conservative this is dangerous, you waste your vote on a party that has no chance of winning the election, we could very well end up with 4 more years of the same super corruption that we've been dealing with since the election in 2008.
For a liberal, it would be the same kind of irresponsible bullshit that we've come to expect from you. However, in this particular instance I believe liberals should divide their votes between the green party, the American socialist party, Micky Mouse and those Libertarian people. That way your irresponsible behavior only effects the idiots you normally support.
Now, there is a lot of "talk" among conservatives about this guy Ron Paul being the only "answer". I disagree, for several reasons.
His naive view of a Nuclear armed Iran is only the most recent reason on my list but it, by it's self, is more than enough for me. I don't want this guy in charge of a cross walk, much less America's security and/or Nuclear arsenal. He might actually be more dangerous than the idiot in the White House now.
There are other reasons that are not "just" about Ron Paul but about the whole "libertarian" viewpoint. I'm not going to support any group of people that makes noise about legalizing drugs, just to get votes from the younger generations. I certainly would not vote for that mind set if I thought they were serious.
The following quote will pretty much sum up the rest of it:
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)
Many of us, understand that quote, Ron Paul and his supporters, (and others, looking young votes) do NOT. At least there is no evidence of it.
This post is about wasted votes and how they really do exist, about how you could very easily waste yours, even though its your right to do so. It's about how third party candidates are not in the running for president or anything else, because they fall outside of the established requirements. I fully believe that there shouldn't BE a wasted vote, but there is. It sucks, but its there and we can't ignore it, if we do, we are going to only increase the suffering.
This is a post about wasted votes and making the right decision, no matter how we feel it should work or what the third parties are telling us.
It's kind of strange how I ended up with Ron Paul, isn't it?
Vote your opinion as you see it, you do so at your own peril.
And everyone else...