Sunday, October 12, 2008

Question Of The Week, 10/12/08

Good afternoon. Yes, I'm late again. Some of you might know that I'm a Buchanan County Missouri Co-chair of the Constitution Party of Missouri. That and being laid off from work seem to be keeping me busy. For a 58 year old with a history of back problems finding a job in the United States is a job in it's self. Since I am an active member of the Constitution Party it should come as know surprise that my Question Of The Week would have something to do with third party politics. In his most recent column Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin writes about wasted votes. "When asked why they will not vote for a third party candidate, many people will respond by saying something like, "He cannot win." Or, "I don't want to waste my vote." It is true: America has not elected a third party candidate since 1860. Does that automatically mean, however, that every vote cast for one of the two major party candidates is not a wasted vote? I don't think so.
In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the "evil of two lessers." (Continue Reading) That is also the subject of this week's Question Of The Week. What do you feel would be a wasted vote, a vote for someone that you feel might win but they do not represent your beliefs and principles or someone that stands less of a chance to win but they do represent your beliefs and principles?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Tuesday morning.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
Chuck Baldwin Live.

3 Comments:

Blogger Misfit410 said...

I am so with you on Baldwin, I joined the CP this year and I so badly want to support them, but I have to be completely honest that I am feeling the pressure.

When I first joined I thought Obama was not my preference but not that bad, McCain was less bad but not by much. But the more I learn about Obama the more I feel like I could be doing my country a huge disservice by not voting against him. I don't see it so much as voting FOR McCain, just voting against Obama.

I think I will vote for McCain in the hopes that 4 years from now the Dems will have someone less dirty and I will feel free to throw my vote to the CP.

5:57 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

First I want to thank you for stopping by to answer this weeks question. "What do you feel would be a wasted vote, a vote for someone that you feel might win but they do not represent your beliefs and principles or someone that stands less of a chance to win but they do represent your beliefs and principles?" In the past there have been times that I have had to vote for a candidate that did not share my beliefs and principles and I can't bring myself to do it again. IMO a vote for the lesser of two evils is a wasted vote. I feel the line, "He cannot win" is a quote from some Democrat or Republican Party officials speech and it is something they count on us excepting. As long as we except it they will continue to hold office.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

I think it depends. If I found a third party candidate that I really liked, I'd vote for them.

Voting for the lesser of two evils isn't always a wasted vote when the one evil is REALLY evil, or if you believe that the country desperately needs a change in direction.

I voted for Clinton in 92 for that reason (the latter) without knowing much about him, but I don't regret it. It was time for a change after 12 years of GOP.

I think this election is similar in that regard.

2:36 AM  

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