Oh, I get what you're saying about "the media." But I guess I was thinking, or at least hoping, that the issue might get a different treatment by
the administrators of ATS. But I sort of like your angle, too. We can make this thread one about the Third Party candidates, at least.
You've mentioned Ron Paul, and, as you said, he's not in the running now. However, he has
the Constitution Party candidate
for President. Personally, I'm not wild about Baldwin, but I think his policies are far better for
the US than either McCain or Obama, so, as of right now, I'm eaning that way. Sure, it's pretty impossible for him to win, but that's not the
point. The point is breaking the stranglehold the two party system has on the process.
Besides Baldwin, there is also Libertarian Candidate Bob Barr.
There are some things I like about
Barr, too, but he seems too inconsistent to trust that he is doing anything more than trying to get in on the ground floor of a movement he thinks
will come to power. But, obviously, I encourage everyone to make their own decisions.
The Green Parry has Cynthia McKinney,
who, I might note, is a great deal more black than the half-white Obama.
Not that I think race should have anything to do with the Presidency, but I am also a realist and know that it DOES matter to some, both as a positive
and a negative. In general, I am not fond of the Green Party. I find their policies tend to be based on their personal opinions and emotions, while I
prefer a candidate who's policies reflect an interest in establishing freedom for all to have their own opinions.
Of course, we can't forget Ralph Nader.
Previously a Green Party candidate, and now running as an
Independent, I find his policies to still be pretty much inline with the Green Party, except he's incorporated some sound policies on some current
prominent issues that diverge a little from the Green Party, as I understand it. Again, not someone I'm fond of, but I'm pretty picky, I suppose.
I don't think I'm forgetting any that are going to be on the ballot in any states, am I? If so, please feel free to add to this list. And again, I
want to say, while many will tell you that voting third-party is a wasted vote, a third party vote is the ONLY way to ever peacefully break the
shackles that have been put on our freedom. Know, too, that only a small fraction of the populace votes; should a third party ever manage to motivate
a large enough section of the non-voting public, the could very easily make the elections far more interesting than anyone expects. But if that is
going to happen, it's going to start with each of us who desires REAL change spreading the word. Media institutions have shown, time and again, that
they have no interest in changing anything.