Sunday, April 20, 2008

Question Of The Week, 4/20/08

Good morning.I wondered if I would make it this morning. I was off work yesterday because of a migraine. Now I've laid in bed so long my back hurts. I figure I'll get this done and go back to bed then I'll be ready form work this afternoon.

I've heard that some young voters are saying that they would not vote for a third party candidate because they are just spoilers. They are just in the race to take votes away from the Democratic or Republican candidates. They don't stand a chance of winning because they don't have the Republican or Democratic Parties backing them.

This weeks Question Of The Week is. Are all third party candidates just spoilers wanting to take votes away from a major party candidate or do they feel that they are capable of holding the office they are running for?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Anonymous Layla said...

Compelling questions that deserves and honest answer. I personally do not believe like these young people that these are spoilers all the time, just most of the time. It really has to be looked at as each individual election comes up, what is involved, what demographics are involved, and who the people are.

Certainly I would not consider Senator Joe Lieberman a spoiler when he ran on the Independent ticket after the "sick" democrats turned their back on him because he supports the war on terror. It took much courage on his part to break away and stand up on his own and fight - we all know he won.

But Joe is the except, not the rule.

Thank you for visiting my blog and gracing it with your thoughts.

I hope you feel better. G-d bless you.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Z said...

Hi, I followed you home from The Merry Widow's wonderful blog!i like your question.

I believe that all third party candidates are in earnest but ridiculous. They know perfectly well they can never win and that a vote for them is a vote taken from the party platform they are closest to mirroring. How can they not?

A real third party candidate needs to start NOW for the next pres election, in 2012. He/she needs to start grass roots and sell such a message that millions will believe in his/her platform. Only then can a non-traditional party in America make any sense to vote for.

that's my 2 cents, anyway! God bless YOU, David. I used to suffer from migraines, so I have to say I'm very happy you're feeling better, too! OUCH.

3:14 PM  
Blogger American said...

I do not believe it would be correct to pigeonhole all third party candidates. Sure many would be spoilers, but in fairness to all, and the apparatus we refer to as the democratic process, each should be considered independently. It should not be too difficult to spot the spoilers because bonafide or authentic candidates will display there wares with decipherable passion.

Hope the effects of Migraine have passed!

Off topic: Any word on Mr. Pamir, the American stuck in Canada…

4:28 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Yes I'm late again.First I want to thank you all for stopping by to answer this weeks question. "Are all third party candidates just spoilers wanting to take votes away from a major party candidate or do they feel that they are capable of holding the office they are running for?" I'm going to say no they are not all spoilers. I think some of them are just as or more capable than the Democrats or Republicans they are running against. Alan Keyes has left the Republican Party after trying to get the partys nomination several times. He is not a third party candidate at this time but I feel he will be soon, for more on that see my Friday, April 18, 2008 post. "They don't stand a chance of winning because they don't have the Republican or Democratic Parties backing them." A lot of people (voters) are getting fed up and leaving the main stream parties and joining third parties. Membership wise, the Constitution Party is the fastest growing party in the country today. If they nominate the right person later this month this could turn into a real interesting campaign season. Sorry about turning into a Party spokes person I didn't mean to do that.

The migraine is gone for now. I have to see my doctor in the morning I think my meds will get changed.

American interest ask, "Any word on Mr. Pamir, the American stuck in Canada…" The news paper hasn't updated the original article but readers are still adding comments in the comment section. The link to the article in the April 9 post American Live Turned Nightmare should still work so you can check that out. Turns out he was married twice. The 1st wife says she helped with the paper work, he is a citizen. I've heard that United States Representative Sam Graves (Rep.-Mo.) is trying to help him. I'll be sure to let you know if the News-Press does a follow up article.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Z said...

I don't believe 'spoiler' means 'incompetent'. It could be the most competent guy around but he's a spoiler for which ever party he's more closely aligned with politically because he'll spoil their chances.

Am I misdefining it? I don't believe the Constitution Party can pull it off this year, but I WISH THEY COULD, OH, YES I DO.

1:20 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Z ask, "Am I misdefining it?" I don't think so, but I do feel that there are some candidates whose beliefs don't come that close to either main stream partys platform.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I've voted for the third-party candidate in the past. And what happened? The candidate I liked the least won the election.

I do think that a third-party candidate can do the job, but I'm not sure that one can win an election. After all, that tactic has been tried before--and not with success.

Excellent QOTW, by the way.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Katherine Thayer said...

It never ever happen... Since President Franklin Pierce, it's either Republican and democratic Party won the US election.

1:50 AM  

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