posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 12:20 PM
It's an election year again. My goal for this year is to get the word out about what I feel is truly the best hope for bringing our grotesque
"two-party" system in check and start the wheels of serious progres turning. So without a further ado, I propose the vote exchange.
Every four years, a disgustingly small percentage of the American population goes through the motions of selecting a new leader. An incredibly large
portion of the voting population does not vote FOR a candidate they favor, but rather vote AGAINST the candidate they dislike/fear. Example, I
didn't vote for Obama because I liked him or had much faith in his ability to fix this country, I voted for him because I was terrified of a
It is this practice of voting for the lesser evil that has helped to completely and utterly entrench the two-party mentality over the last 30+ years.
It is time to end all that.
What I suggest is simple: find someone a friend, family member or colleague who plans on voting for the "other" guy out of fear of "your"
candidate winning and propose a trade. Since your individual votes for one of the big two will only serve to offset one another, you would each agree
to instead vote for a third party or independent candidate (any third party it doesn't matter) that hew closer to your true political views.
This accomplishes three things:
1. Allows you to vote for a candidate you would WANT to see as president rather than one you simply think has a chance of beating the so-called
2. Assures you that you are still off-setting a vote for the other guy so you don't have to feel like you've "thrown your vote away"
3. Chips away at the percentage of the eventual "winner" in favor of a more diversified field of candidates.
And's let get real here. Number 3 is perhaps the most important thing here. Every 4 years, some insufferable scumbag manages to squeak out 50.0003%
of the vote, allowing them to proclaim a mandate from "The People" to try and push their lobbyist forged agenda on a congress using similarly weak
numbers to declare its own mandate.
Imagine, instead, a world where the "winner" has to face the cold fact that he/she only secured 32% of the vote. Meanwhile, the Green and
Libertarian parties each came in with 18% of the vote. How would the news cycle handle this newfound diversity? What would the next midterm
elections look like. How much bolder would the voting population be versus an ever so slightly humbled ruling class?
Change is not going to come from winning over true believers in our screwed up ruling class. It is going to come from convincing the apathetic and the
habit-driven to do something different, something better. We will never reclaim our Liberty by voting for the same 2 parties that have taken that
The true believers are few in the grand scheme of things, and the people being washed along in the tide are many.
Likewise, all those non-voters who think their votes don't matter. They would only be right if they pull the Donkey or Elephant lever. Any gesture
that chips away at the political duopoly in this country can help. If everyone who refused to vote because "both" the candidates are awful, decided
to show up and vote for someone with a weird and exotic letter behind their name, the face of this country would change overnight and the men in high
places who reply on complacency and ignorance will quake.
Let's make this happen.