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  •  There is a better alternative than not voting (3+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, Eric Nelson, JimB37

    Even voting for a 3rd party candidate is better than not voting at all.

    "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

    by gjohnsit on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 08:56:40 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, there is a better alternative than not voting (1+ / 0-)
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      gjohnsit

      I am glad you said this, because it is worth getting people to think about.

      Failing to vote is tantamount to abdicating one's right to vote.  It is indirectly an acceptance of the status quo.  It is also a betrayal of majority rule, because it is leaving the selection of our leaders to a very small minority of the population.

      If prospective voters truly think that the two major parties are peas in a pod, and that their votes are meaningless, there is still a way to have their voices heard in a manner that could become very meaningful.  Vote for ABADOR (Anybody But A Democrat Or Republican).  In so doing, you will be expressing your disdain for the way the two major parties are running things now.  Your votes will be recorded and reported and, if a large enough number of people do this, it will get the attention it deserves.  

      When a major party candidate wins an election with less than 40% of the total vote, election pundits will construe the increased votes cast for third-party candidates as increased opposition to the duopolistic oligarchy that has put  our democratic republic on life support.  They will see it as a grass roots protest against the status quo and our two-party political machinery that controls elections, voter eligibility, candidate selection, campaigns, and even political debates.

      Expressing your dissatisfaction with our country's  "leadership" by voting for Anybody But A Democrat Or Republican can become a major catalyst for change if enough voters do it.  Then, maybe, our "representatives" might take notice and start truly representing us instead of big money interests.  If not, then we redouble our efforts and get even more like-minded citizens to vote with us until we get them voted out and replaced by people who will.

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