THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS NOT VOTING - NOT VOTING, OR WASTING IT ON A THIRD PARTY, IS A VOTE FOR ANOTHER DICK CHENEY
Voting for a third party, or a party that can't possibly win, is a wasted vote. It's like not voting at all. It constitutes a vote for the people that you dislike most. You should never get so angry at the Bogey Man that you leave the backdoor open for the Devil. That's how George W. Bush was elected in 2000, and that didn't work out too well for us, did it?
After Ralph Nader was rejected for the 2000 presidential nomination by the Democratic voters, instead of acknowledging his rejection and falling into line to help defeat the Republicans - the people who represented the very policies that he was supposedly so passionately against all of his life - Nader went into a petulant snit and ran as a third party candidate. It was clear that he purposely ran as a third party candidate with the mean-spirited intent of sabotaging the Democratic effort, because third parties never win. Again, the only purpose third parties ever serve is to help elect the people that you like least, because they divide the vote of like-minded people.
Then Cornel West joined Nader in this foolish - or treacherous, you make the determination - campaign, and as a result, George W. Bush won the election over Al Gore by winning Florida by a mere 537 votes. The Nader/West coalition peeled off 97,488 votes from Gore in Florida alone. So when I say that Ralph Nader and Cornel West were more than a little responsible for George W. Bush becoming President of the United States, and thus, your current economic condition, don’t take my word for it, you do the math.
Yes, the conservative Supreme Court Cheated for Bush, but if it hadn't been for the stupidity of Nader and West the vote wouldn't have been close enough to be thrown into the Supreme Court. So as a direct result of those voters who decided not to vote, or to waste their vote on Ralph Nader (who couldn't possibly win), over a million innocent Iraqis (mostly women and children) and thousands of American troops are now either dead or permanently disabled.
SO NO, I NEITHER LIKE, NOR DO I TRUST, HILLARY CLINTON A BIT, BUT IF SHE WINS THE NOMINATION I’M GONNA VOTE FOR HER, AND HERE’S WHY . . .
Strive To Become Your Own Hero... Then Let No One Remove Your Cape.
Eric L. Wattree is a writer, poet, and musician, born in Los Angeles. He’s been a columnist for The Los Angeles Sentinel, Black Star News, The Atlanta Post, and is a member of the Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists (http://www.spj.org/). He’s also the author of "A Message From the Hood."
Some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known held court while sitting on empty milk crates in the parking lots of ghetto liquor stores, while some of the weakest minds I’ve ever known roamed the halls of academia in pursuit of credentials over knowledge.
Am I a hater, you ask? You're damn right I'm a hater. I hate injustice. I hate hypocrisy. I also hate demagoguery, apathy, and the stupidity that allows it to exist. Hater? Absolutely. I'm a big time hater. I hate what I see happening to this country, and I hate watching the development of a culture that embraces ignorance with a stupid sense of pride. So yes, I am indeed a hater, but not only that - I'm a hater with a very low threshold for bullshit, so step off.