I have an interesting observation about elections in this country. It appears to me that the process may be somewhat of a scam. If that sounds wacko, fasten your seat belts while I elaborate.
The scam works like this: If you are generally speaking on the right and you don't like the Republican candidate, you say that you're voting for the candidate from the Constitution, Libertarian or other minor party. Somebody comes back at you with: "Don't do that. If you do, it's actually a vote for the Democrat candidate. You'll split the vote and the Democrat will win. We can't have that" (or words to that effect). Likewise, if you are generally on the left and don't like the Democrat candidate, you say that you're going to vote for the Libertarian, Socialist or other minor party. You get the same result, in reverse: "Don't do that, it's actually a vote for the Republican. You'll split the vote and the Republican will get into office. We can't have that."
It's been obvious to me for more than 20 years that Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin. Government parties A and B, if you will. Don't get me wrong here. If you like the major-party candidates, I urge you to cast your vote for them. But if another candidate more closely matches your own views, I would urge voting for that person. Don't be scared into voting to keep the major parties in power if you think, as I do, that they have failed the country.
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I wish that news organizations would do stories about these other candidates so their message made more headway into the public discourse.
Let's face it. Washington is a mess. Both houses of Congress are too accustomed to playing with their political footballs in order to remain in power. Likewise, presidents tend to go in lockstep with them. Nothing changes because We the People don't change our voting habits. We keep sending the same people back and wonder why nothing changes. If we don't consider sending both major parties the way of the Whigs, then the mess will only get worse. And that's on us.
Please, America, at least look at what other candidates have to say. If you disagree with them, at least you've done your due diligence and are making an informed vote, whoever you decide to vote for.