Archive for Saturday, October 27, 2012

Letter: Other choices

October 27, 2012


To the editor:

Oh, woe is me! I’m an undecided voter. I lack the testosterone for the alpha male act, insulted by the Big Bird issue and exhausted by the big money, mass media partnership with the two parties.

If only there were an alternative to the media manipulation, the dictatorial control of participation in debates by the two parties and the fraudulent commission for debates that excludes alternative candidates. Don’t waste your vote, they say. Doesn’t the Electoral College essentially waste your vote in many states?

There is an alternative. Consider a vote for a third party down the ballot. I like Obama, voted for him, but don’t feel he has earned my vote, particularly in Kansas. As for Romney, we’ve been there, done that and know that dog won’t hunt.

I will vote for the Green Party candidate. Unfortunately, I will have to write her name on the ballot, easily done. The Green Party is on 85 percent of the ballots nationally, and a 5 percent vote would qualify them for more than $20 million in matching federal funds in 2016.

Is my vote wasted? Maybe, but maybe it is an investment in the future with more diversity in our democracy. Also on the ballot are the Reform and Libertarian Party candidates. Maybe Douglas County could kick-start the nation by a strong vote for alternative candidates who represent alternative solutions. Check them out before you check the ballot.


Matthew Herbert 5 years, 6 months ago

Gary Johnson- Libertarian. I will gladly waste my vote on him

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

--- How is it that Republican and Democrats can form a private corporation that controls any part of our election process? Such as determining which candidates can participate in the presidential debates.

--- This process eliminated the League of Women Voters who for years sponsored the presidential debates. The League of Women Voters refused to participate in such a scam on democracy.

--- Get this. It’s never pleasant to be reminded that your country is not what you want it to be--and is much less than what it aspires to be. I’m speaking of an event that took place at the edge of last week’s (otherwise excellent) debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. What happened was that the Green Party candidate for president, Jill Stein, and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, showed up to make a point about the closed nature of our two-party political system only to be summarily arrested, hauled off to a detention center, handcuffed to chairs, and kept for several hours. Point made, I guess.

--- Friends, neighbors, countrymen, and countrywomen, I’d like you all to think about that. In the United States of America, the representative of a major political party--a party with wide representation around the world, moreover--was shackled to a chair for reasons no more compelling than her political affiliation. /


Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

--- Democracy NOW did provide a venue to the nation that offered other presidential candidates time to respond to the same questions. These venues were located a few minutes away from the " private debate" locations.

--- Huffington Post offers a video of the Jill Stein arrest plus other facts.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

--- The Green Party candidate for president, whose name appears on 85 percent of the ballots across the country, was taken into custody along with her running mate Cheri Honkala outside of Hofstra University for daring to attempt to participate in the second debate — what law enforcement disingenuously termed “disorderly conduct.”

--- As President Obama and Governor Romney argued about women’s rights, the only female presidential candidate was in jail. The real “binders of women” were the Commission of Presidential Debates and the Hempstead, N.Y, police.

--- If this doesn’t disgust you, it should. Not because Jill Stein has a snowball’s chance of winning the election — even if she somehow managed to win the popular vote, the Electoral College would shut her down, as it was designed to do — but because she possesses the “fresh ideas” and “new vision for America” that both major parties accuse the other of lacking.

--- Here, for example, is the section on Financial Reform in Stein’s “Green New Deal.

--- 1. Relieve the debt overhang holding back the economy by reducing homeowner and student debt burdens.

--- 2. Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means we’ll nationalize the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and place them under a Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department.

--- 3. Break up the oversized banks that are “too big to fail.”

--- 4. End taxpayer-funded bailouts for banks, insurers, and other financial companies. We’ll use the FDIC resolution process for failed banks to reopen them as public banks where possible after failed loans and underlying assets are auctioned off.

--- 5. Regulate all financial derivatives and require them to be traded on open exchanges.

--- 6. Restore the Glass-Steagall separation of depository commercial banks from speculative investment banks.

--- 7. Establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers.

--- 8. Support the formation of federal, state, and municipal public-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities.

--- Those are eight bold economic proposals vastly superior to anything Obama or Romney have come up with


Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

Lance Armstrong would fit right in with all the other psychopathic liars and cheats we have as 'leaders' in this country.

Brock Masters 5 years, 6 months ago

The3rd parycandidates had debate last week. It was interesting and informative. I would take any of them over Obama and Romney but my vote will go for Johnson.

Voting for someone as opposed to voting against someone is never a wasted vote. I know Johnson won't win, but I will vote my conscience and principles and maybe send a message.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

I support the right of disappointed progressives to vote for third party candidates.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

I support the right of disappointed conservatives to vote for third party candidates.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

THE VOTE FOR FREEDOM IS NEVER WASTED! Gary Johnson gets my vote.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

I will continue my long tradition of never having voted for a candidate who won the presidential election (or Supreme Court selection, in the case of in the case of the 2000 coronation of W.) I'll also write in my vote for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

There are choices of who you can cast your vote for. But, in fact, we have pretty much no choice over who will become president.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

--- Ralph Nader to Host Third-Party Presidential Debate in D.C. Nov. 4

--- What: Third Party Presidential Debate

--- Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Check back tomorrow for more details.

--- (Washington, D.C.) – The candidates* from four political parties – Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Jill Stein (Green), Virgil Goode (Constitution) and Rocky Anderson (Justice) – will meet for a two-hour debate on Sunday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets restaurant located at 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Busboys and Poets is a well-known venue for frequent political, civic and cultural events.

--- The debate will be moderated by Ralph Nader, and will focus on subjects and issues that have largely been ignored or avoided, as they are too controversial, by the 2012 Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.

--- The questions and exchanges in the Obama/Romney debates have been cautiously circumscribed, predictable, scripted and repetitious.

--- Having experienced the challenges, obstacles and exclusions from ballots and debates as a third-party and independent presidential candidate, Mr. Nader is aware of how the conventional taboos and censorship produced by a two-party duopoly diminishes the political environment. This debate will highlight little-discussed major topics, redirections and citizen empowerments which reflect widespread popular interest, either by way of support or opposition.

--- Political debates should not be rationed. They should become more numerous, innovative and extend beyond the narrow routine of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), created in 1987. The CPD is still captured by the Republican and Democratic Parties, memorialized through a written, exclusive agreement every four years between the two candidates.

--- The event is open to media only. An RSVP is requested to Ralph Nader at or 202-387-8034.

--- * Gary Johnson was an entrepreneur before being elected to two terms as governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003.

--- Jill Stein was a practicing, Harvard-trained physician, former candidate for local and state offices, and a successful author.

--- Virgil Goode was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997-2009.

--- Rocky Anderson was Mayor of Salt Lake City for two terms (2000 – 2008) and a practicing civil rights lawyer.

Brock Masters 5 years, 6 months ago

I watched the last debate and while I didn't agree with everything I heard, it was refreshing to hear from candidates that seemed honest and caring about this country and not their own political careers.

The Green party candidate is a bit too liberal for me (wants to have taxpayers pay for everyone's college education), but she is sincere, thoughtful and nice too.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 6 months ago

Great letter, Alan. Did Craig loan you his thesaurus again? Speaking of Craig, I'm still waiting for his annual church-bashing Halloween letter. He hates religion. And get the spelling right when you vote. N-A-D-E-R. Way to go, Alan!

"....maybe it is an investment in the future with more diversity in our democracy".

Are you kidding? A lot of idiots seem to think that the Tea is an actual party. Do you like the Tea Party, Alan? I heard you do.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 6 months ago

Hey Alan, have you thought about starting a Feminist Party? You seem to have the estrogen for it. Do you still have that ponytail?

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 6 months ago

"The Green party candidate is a bit too liberal for me."

Alan will take that as a compliment. Funny, I used to work with him. Very quiet and conservative, not one to rage against the Machine. He's letting his hair down now, literally.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm fired up!
I'm ready to go!

Anyone got any guesses as to how Hurricane Sandy is going to affect the last minute campaigning and voting on the East Coast.

labmonkey 5 years, 6 months ago

It is said they will get MORE political commercials now that stations will preempt regular programming for storm coverage. Those poor people!!!

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