With several strong alternative candidates available to vote for either on the ballot or as official write-in candidates, will the American people send a strong message to both the major parties by voting for anyone but Obama & Romney? It is hard to say what voters will ultimately do but what is apparent is that there has never been such a strong degree of discontent with the major party choices of candidates than in this presidential election of 2012.
Will Ron Paul finally get his legitimate win in the state of Maine where he has officially been set-up as a write-in candidate? We know the primary results were wrought with obvious fraud and then most of his duly elected delegates were not allowed to be seated at the national convention. Will the people of Maine finally be allowed to be heard in casting their real choice for President on the election night that counts the most?
Ron Paul’s supporters have surprisingly set him up as an official write-in candidate in at least a dozen or more states. The latest state is in California where he will be available for a write-in vote with Judge Napolitano as his Vice Presidential running mate. Don’t expect these write-in votes to be counted, tallied and published until weeks after election night.
Virgil Goode is going to be another one to watch, particularly in the states of Virginia, Colorado, Nevada and possibly in Ohio. He is still wildly popular in southern Virginia where he served as a member of congress for 6 two-year terms and is running his campaign very hard in this state. In Colorado, the Constitution Party broke through in 2010 and now has Major Party status in the state, thanks to the incredible run by Tom Tancredo for Governor in that election year. Expect voters to take Virgil Goode’s candidacy very seriously in Colorado.
Gary Johnson has become a very popular choice among the segment of Ron Paul’s support that leaned more heavily on libertarianism rather than conservatism. Expect him to be a strong force to deal with in several states.
The state to watch on election night could very well be Virginia. If the votes are counted and recorded accurately, it could be shaping up to be a real 4 or even 5-way dog fight for Virginia with Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Dr. Jill Stein, all in the battle there.
Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party is rising in popularity particularly among former Obama supporters. We should not count her out as a strong challenger as well, especially in more liberal-leaning states. Whether you agree with some of her policies or not, she is also a serious and formidable contender.
Perhaps the only realistic way to at least send a strong message that you are not at all happy with American politics as usual is to vote for anyone but Obama and Romney. Whether enough voters actually have the courage, integrity and principles to actually do that though, remains to be seen.
The greatest reason given by conservatives for not standing up on principle with their votes seems to boil down to just plain fear of Obama. The fact is though that millions of voters are just not going to vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama so they should just vote their conscience and not waste this opportunity to let their true voice be heard. A truly wasted vote is to plug your nose and vote for someone you do not even believe in. Hopefully voters will not fall for wasting their vote this year and instead pick the candidate that represents their values and ideals.
As Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC so cleverly pointed out in a recent segment of his show, if a wasted vote is a vote for someone that could not win (did not end-up winning), he has by that definition wasted his vote every presidential election of his life except for once. The entire narrative is therefore truly silly at best and people should just plain vote for whomever they want to vote for. It is as simple as that. Either try to let your true voice be heard on election night or stay at home.
If you choose to not vote because there is no reason to believe that our votes will be recorded fairly, then form a coalition for action to change the system. The time for just doing nothing but complaining is certainly over.
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