Monday, June 25, 2007

A Valid Choice or A Wasted Voice?

With all of the recent buzz over New York’s Mayor Bloomberg possibly getting ready to make a third party run for pres. in 08’ I’ve been giving a lot of thought to just what I think of the idea of third party presidential candidates. My feelings are mixed on the subject. On one hand, I think that the third party candidates of the recent past have had some interesting ideas and have helped open the presidential campaigns up to some great discussions. Their ability to cut through some of the political b.s. and say what they really think is refreshing and I understand why it appeals to many Americans. The fact that so far none of these candidates has had any real chance of getting elected has, I believe acted as a double edged sword, in that they have felt free to truly speak their minds on the issues since they have nothing to fear (like losing). It makes me wonder however, just how a really viable third party candidate would behave. If they had real political backing and an honest chance to win, would they still say and do the things that make them appealing in the first place? I wonder about that, but overall I’d love to see a viable third party take hold in America, as I think the current political parties and system are stagnant and would benefit from a shakeup

That said, I must admit the mere mention of Ralph Nader, presidential candidate, still makes me wince and fight the urge to look around for my old baseball bat. These feelings come from the very practical realization that there currently is no “true” third party, and unfortunately while Nader may have added wonderful debates and ideas to the campaigns it came at a very steep price, mainly the handing of the presidency to neoconservatives. The other side of that fence would be a Ross Perot, who drew most of his support from the Republicans and helped elect Bill Clinton. Either way, the fact of the matter is, since there is no established third party, what third party candidates currently accomplish is helping to elect the candidate who is the least like them and their ideas. In other words they help to thwart the majority and elect a candidate who may very well not share the ideals or national agenda most Americans support. Is this a dangerous trend, it’s hard to say, but it is definitely a frustrating one and is the main reason that unless something changes and a third party becomes more viable, while I may enjoy their candor and their thoughts, I will not vote for a third party candidate.

What say the rest of you? Have you or would you vote for a third party candidate? Why or why not?

11 Comments:

Blogger David Caspian said...

Hey!
Thanks for the kind words and the comment. I'd be delighted to link up. Thank for reading and I enjoy your blog as well!

-David

6/25/2007 9:47 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Leo that's a very good question. Right now I don't see a candidate that fits my voting for anyone as a third party leader.

I'm not happy with what we have in the Democratic party right now, but it is to soon to pick anyone right now.

In the Republican party, there's no one in that field that can represent this country, not even with the morals the Republicans claim.

6/26/2007 12:47 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

David, cool. I'll add your link right now. Thanks.
Let's Talk, yeah I feel very similarly to you. I'm not overly thrilled with the democratic candidates right now either, and I'd sooner shoot myself than vote for any of the current republican field. Thanks for your input.

6/26/2007 4:25 AM  
Anonymous Raven said...

Though I've been tempted to vote 3rd party, as the Dems have come to far to the middle for me, I don't cuz, like you said, it splinters the vote and ensures that the Neocons get in. I really wish a third party, a liberal third party that is, would make it into the presidency, but I don't see that happening.

6/26/2007 5:28 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I passionately hate the two-party system, but the irony of it is that voting for a third party in many ways strengthens that same system. The only way to truly do away with the two-party system and open it up to new ideas and new participants is public financing of elections.

If Nader really wants to change things and make there be more distinction between the two parties (his words, not mine) he should be fighting for open elections, not idiotically wasting his time and America's soul.

6/26/2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Raven, it sounds like your feeling mirror mine, cool deal. Thanks for the comment. Brad, I would love to see public financing of elections, though I'm not holding my breath that it will ever happen. It sounds like you wouldn't mind taking a swing at Nader too!-lol Thanks for the input.

6/26/2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I think we need to have a rightwing nutcase running for president on a 3rd party. Let's see how many Republican votes would get siphoned off to Pat Robertson or Grover Norquist.

Nader did it for the Republicans; now it's our turn.

Who Hijacked Our Country

6/26/2007 10:19 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Tom, sounds like a good plan to me. Maybe we could get Ann Coulter or O'Reilly-lmao Thanks for the good idea.

6/26/2007 11:55 PM  
Blogger The Professor said...

Looking for a Third party candidate? Right-wing nutcase? Left wing weirdos? Lemme tell you about third party candidates...

The Professor's Presidential Preview:The Independents

6/27/2007 8:59 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Prof., thanks for dropping by. I'll check out your site.

6/27/2007 11:10 PM  
Blogger The Professor said...

Hey, thanks for your comments. Should your mailman decide to run be sure to let me know.

6/27/2007 11:48 PM  

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