a reply to: Metallicus
I'm probably voting R or D this year (roughly in order of favorite to least that I'll consider: Sanders, Paul, Kasich, Rubio, Fiorina). However, if I
weren't voting R or D and were instead going third party I would go with the Pirate Party. As tacky as it is I actually have a Pirate Party bumper
sticker, and on my backpack I have a 3d printed copy of their logo that I built myself.
I really like them on a lot of issues, but not all. To date they've only held local offices, nothing at the federal level, though they're more
successful in other countries. They won't be running anyone for President, but if they have anyone locally or at the state level they're worth taking
a look at. As a party the main things they fight for are a reform to intellectual property laws particularly in regards to open source and derivative
works, Mechanisms to add transparency to government, policy based on evidence rather than ideology, equality for all before the law, and Meritocracy.
Also they promote the hacker ethic which basically comes down to free access to information and governing through decentralized systems because
authority can't be trusted. Obviously they're pretty technology focused, but I think that's a good thing. We all use technology every day but few if
anyone in government actually understands it.
If you want a reservation I have about them, it's that their preferred system is direct democracy rather than elected representatives. While I can
recognize the freedom in direct democracy, I think it's little more than mob rule, and I think it's something of a bad idea as the average citizen
only has an average understanding of the bill or policy they're voting on.
Edit: Misread what you were asking for, I'll leave the above incase it's interesting reading material. My vote is probably going to Sanders but I
could still be convinced otherwise by a good Republican plan. Here's my reasons:
1. Bernie is articulate. Everything he has proposed he has stated in detail exactly how he will fund it. He realizes budgets are a limited thing and
he's working within those guidelines. If he gets his way, he will not be running deficits. On that note, he has even put forward a plan to start
fixing the debt.
2. Unlike every other person in Washington, I have yet to find the Civil Right Bernie wants to do away with. He lets people talk, he's respectful of
religion, he wants to restore due process, and he's even a defender of gun rights (though he does want only responsible people to own them)... he even
has a passing grade from the NRA as a Democrat, and keeps his seat in Vermont due to his pro-moderate gun stance.
3. He wants to fix the rampant corruption in the financial sector. He has plans and they seem reasonable. We can put a stop to the bubble economies,
stop letting banks invest our deposits, and maybe even get a small amount of control over the derivatives market before it tanks the worlds
4. (you get a bonus one) He's one of the few ahead of the curve that recognizes capitalism is broken. We've hit the point where productivity is so
high, we're now producing inferior goods like Walmart appliances that break after 2 years, and reproducing goods like houses just to keep spinning the
wheels. This is the fatal flaw in capitalism, it leads to massive inefficiencies in the market just to keep people employed and the economy
5. This is related to #4 in that he's a Democratic Socialist. I don't know if that's what we need going forward but I'm willing to give it a try. I
don't want Communism, I don't want pure Socialism, and Capitalism is in it's death throes. We need a new economic system and this could be it or
ultimately lead to it, but it's a gamble. I will say on that note though that even if he does start implementing it, Congress will regulate it to an
extent. For much the same reason that Ron Paul would never be able to follow through on his plan to dismantle the government. Congress will make
sure only bits and pieces of an agenda pass over the entire term.
6. One more bonus (sorry, it's short). Bernie is old. He's at that age where he's seen it all, has as much experience as possible, and will soon be
retiring. He will be a 1 term president, and I like that. Every president but Bush Sr. in my lifetime has been a 2 term president (and Bush spent 8
as VP). Our system is supposed to change every 4 years, with only the truly exceptional making it to 8. I want to go back to 4 year presidents
rather than 8 year presidents and Bernie is a guy who can do that.
edit on 15-12-2015 by Aazadan because: (no reason given)