The political process in the US is broken.
On the left, we have a young, inexperienced black man with wide appeal who brought in an old white dude to give himself credibility. On the right, we have an old white dude with credibility who brought in a (somewhat) young, inexperienced woman to give himself wider appeal. The left has the black vote, so the right upstages it with a shot at the female vote. I don’t buy into the Obama hype machine, and I’m especially not going to vote for him with Joe Biden behind him. I’m not thrilled with McCain, but I’m especially not going to vote for him with Sarah Palin behind him.
Does either side care about the best candidate anymore? Not from where I’m standing. It’s about who is the most electable candidate. It’s not about taking care of the country, it’s about keeping the party in power. And they both fuel the myth that there are only two parties in this country, which, sadly, the media perpetuates.
To Hell with them both. I’m voting for Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party.
Not (just) because I want to spite the other two parties, but because I can vote for him without feeling like I’m choosing the lesser of two evils. Because I can vote for him without having to “hold my nose” and pull the lever for Candidate X, as one of my friends recently put it. Because I happen to agree with Barr on many issues, and because a third party is the real change I can believe in.
I’ve heard the usual arguments against this: I’m throwing away my vote; I’m splitting the vote in favor of one side or the other; the electoral college will never place a vote for a third party; blah, blah, blah.
That may be true for the moment, but I think that’s changing. Ventura got Minnesota on a third party ticket. The last Illinois election for governor landed the Green Party more votes than any third party in the state’s history. I think people are becoming more and more disillusioned with the current bi-partisan system and are looking for alternatives, and the Internet has finally given them a way to find those alternatives.
If you honestly like Obama or McCain, then fine, by all means, vote for them. If you don’t like either one of them, then please, don’t flip a coin or just stay home, do some research and pick the candidate who is right for you.
For me, again, that candidate is Bob Barr.