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More Than Two People Are Running

On my sample ballot for the election there are a dozen names listed as running for President, not just Zero and Rmoney. CBS has a piece, So who else is running for president?, that offers short descriptions of four of those candidates: Green Party candidate Jill Stein; Justice Party candidate and former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson; Libertarian Party candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson; and Constitution Party candidate and former Congressman Virgil Goode. [My list is in political order from the Left to the Right.]

The Republicans are worried that Gary Johnson will pull votes away from Rmoney in several states, and about the effect of Virgil Goode in Virginia. The Party worked to keep Gary Johnson out of the debates during the primary, and tried to block him from qualifying in several states.

The two major parties do everything they can to preserve their lock on power.

Jill Stein keeps getting arrested for trying to break into the process. The major parties don’t want that to happen.


1 Steve Bates { 10.21.12 at 11:03 pm }

Jill Stein has nothing on her running mate, Cheri Honkala, who, in the course of her career as an activist for the homeless, has been arrested over 200 times. There is controversy over whether her strategy has really helped the homeless, but you have to admire her gumption. If you haven’t read The Myth of the Welfare Queen, which is largely about Honkala and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in Kensington, Philadelphia, PA, it’s worth your time to read. If I were voting third-party this year, I’d vote Stein/Honkala.

Regrettably, I live in Texas. It doesn’t make a damned bit of difference whom I vote for.

2 Bryan { 10.21.12 at 11:40 pm }

If the vote is close in Florida, I don’t think it will make any difference how anybody votes, the Republicans will steal it again.

I’m going Green, as my only other choice was to leave the line blank.

Obama disenfranchised me in 2008, and I will never forgive him or his organization for that.