Let us do some positive thinking, always vote your vote.
What is Democracy? Voting for who you want. Anyone telling to not vote 3rd party is a bully and anti-Democracy. Being a bully and being anti-Democracy is negative thinking. Always voting who you want is Democracy. Easy peasy.
So that is positive thinking. The voters who voted for Ralph Nader in 1999 did not elect Bush. They elected Ralph Nader. This is no different than the people who voted for Bush elected Bush.
The heart and soul of Democracy is your vote. Don't undermine Democracy voting for someone you do not want to vote for.
Let us examine some of the claims made by the vote bullies.
- A vote for Nader was a vote for Bush. No, a vote for Nader was a vote for Nader.
- The assumption is that Ralph Nader voters would have otherwise voted for Al Gore. The funny thing is, there is no proof of this given, ever.
- Low voter turn out, not Al Gore votes. The US has low voter turn out, even in Presidental election years. The reason I bring this up is because of the assumption that Ralph Nader voters would have otherwise voted for Al Gore is wrong. In the shaming department who should be shamed more: the people who didn't vote or those who voted? Given this then the Nader voters had two choices: not vote or vote Nader. The voter turn out even in Presidential election years is weak tea and supports a claim that shaming third party voters will only decrease voter turn out and not increase Al Gore votes is every bit as valid as saying Ralph Nader voters elected Al Gore. Neither claim is backed by any evidence whatsoever.
- Congress has a 9% approval rating and 90% incumbency rate. There is more than just the President. Studies have show that votes cast for Congress are influenced greatly by who people believe is going to be elected President.
- Life is a feedback loop. If people think Trump is going to win then Congressional votes will lean more Democratic. That is a scientific proven fact. If people think Clinton is going to win them Congressional votes will lean more Republican. 2000 was not just a year the nation elected a Republican president. It was also a year we elected a Republican Congress and Republican President. People were fed up with the Democrats. The Democrats failed miserably and not because Al Gore lost, but because they lost it all. It would take six years for that to change. People who argue about Nader being a vote for Bush never take into account how unpopular the Democrats were in 1999. Republicans won not only the Federal elections, but the State elections as well: governors and legislations. Democrats were the biggest failures last decade. Al Gore was not going to change that. Republicans still hold the vast majority of State governor and legislature offices to this day.
- Congress is every bit as important at the President, if not more so.
- No one can predict the future. No one knows how Congress and Al Gore would have responded to 9/11. In fact no one even knew 9/11 was going to happen 1999. No one knows how Trump or Clinton is going to act. No one. Perhaps if Al Gore had been President after 9/11 the war would have been worse because the minority Democrats in Congress would have been more inclined to go along with warmongering Republicans because Al Gore is a Democrat. Perhaps Al Gore would have been defeated in re-election in 2004 and someone much worse than Bush would have been elected, like say Donald Trump. No one can predict the future.
- Parties are not candidates. Voting the lesser of two evil parties has gotten us into this mess.
So what can we do to change the 9% approval rating and 90% incumbency rate in Congress?
The solution is easy. Do not vote for either the Democratic or Republican candidate ever again in your lifetime.
Instead just write in a friend's name, someone you know, someone you trust. If only 1% of the US population did this then a movement would begin. If such voting of your friend took off as a thing then perhaps 10%, 20%, 30%, etc would elect friends. Eventually the political party candidates would have to take notice. Of course your friend would not get elected because your friend would only have a couple of votes. But a message loud and clear would be sent to the powers that be, the establishment. We are not happy. And who knows, as the friend votes took off then maybe, just maybe other parties could rise up to challenge the non-Constitutional stranglehold the two parties have on this country for no reason other than we put up with it.
So, always vote your vote. That's Democracy. Anything else is a subversion, perversion and undermining the very idea of Democracy by supporting the oligarchy in control of the two political parties.
There is something else about volunteering to vote for someone other than a Democrat or Republican. It is us, we the people, speaking. It is not an action enforced by an act of law such as a Constitutional amendment banning political parties being recognized by government. And that is something we need to do. We need to start exercising our power as people without relying on the government. If we did that then the stranglehold the parties and elite have on this country would be broken. We the people could realize our ability to act in unison voluntarily. Grass roots would have a real meaning then.
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