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  •  Amen. (3+ / 0-)
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    MadGeorgiaDem, TLS66, akmk

    And frankly, I don't want to hear about it from the Green Party.  While I am in sympathy with many of their platforms, they TOTALLY lose me when they ask me to make a statement by voting for them, in this year of 2012.  There's  no excuse for it, given the choice we have, and the consequences of a Mitt Romney presidency, or a republican senate.

    This is how I WISH people who voted for Nader instead of Gore in 2000 would have been thinking.  But they weren't, and God, how we suffered for it.

    Not only that, but I'm firmly in favor of a two party system. What most don't take into account with multi party systems, is that while it may APPEAR that it increases voice, it actually decreases voice.  If you have a third party candidate who wins, keep in mind that they most often if not always, do so with LESS THAN 33% of the vote.  

    So now you've got an elected official that at MOST, only a third of the electorate believes in.  Not good.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 05:46:50 PM PDT

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    •  even when a candidate wins a two party race (0+ / 0-)

      2 out of 3 people who could have voted instead make the choice to not vote for the winner most of the time

      I'm basing that roughly on the fraction of the voting age population that votes. (see link below)

      if two thirds of the voting age population actually votes, and the winner gets a little more than half of that vote, then about a third of the people who theoretically could vote voted for the winner.

      It may vary from year to year.

      The question is, iI we had more viable parties and  candidates, would more people vote?

      I think the answer is yes. And, that would be good for the country.

      Would it change things?

      It might allow more channels for ideas to move forward. I think it's much more complicated to comprehensively block every progressive idea when there are multiple coalitions, agendas and forces at play.

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