Two points. 1) I never said 3rd parties actually have a chance of winning. My point is the democratic party has become so corrupted by the same big money flowing into the Republican party (thanks Citizens United) that the democratic party no longer represents We The People, nor do they provide any real alternative solutions. Sustainable solutions to systemic issues. The status quo works just fine for the status quo, and the status quo will NOT make voluntarily change itself. That's against it's own best interests.
Do I think a Green Party, Libertarian Party, Progressive party candidate has a chance of winning? Of course not. Too many un-informed voters making irrational decisions against their own best interest. What is my point?
If a enough of us stand for our moral values, actually read party platforms, and vote for a third party they might get 1% - 5% of the vote. I think if the Green party got 5% of the vote it would push the democratic party farther left which is what we need. I would be completely pro-democratic party if they were the democratic party of the past that worked. But I'm only 25 years old and given everything I've witnessed in my lifetime of political activity, especially producing for the number one national syndicated progressive radio and tv program, today's system is too broken and corrupted now for tactics of the past.
Point two. "Anyone casting a vote for a non-viable candidate (3rd party) is automatically casting a vote against themselves. We saw this in action with the 2000 election. All those Nader voters must have loved the fact Bush was selected as president rather than Gore."
Clearly we have serious political amnesia in this country, which is why we are doomed to repeat the past. Everyone loves to jump onto the 2000 Ralph Nader lost it for Al Gore in Florida nonsense. This is not true. If you recall correctly, it was SCOTUS that intervened during the recall (thanks to FL GOV Jeb Bush pulling for bro George) it was SCOTUS that stopped the recount, and SCOTUS that appointed Bush president because Bush would receive irreparable harm if they didn't.
Had SCOTUS NOT stopped the recount, and had they finished the recount, Al Gore would have clearly won the election. This has nothing to do with Ralph Nader, other than Ralph made it close enough for a recount.
I get that some of you who have been doing this for much longer than I've been alive tend to get stuck in your routines and tend to buckle down and stick to what you've done forever, because that has seemed to work for you. Well again, here at 25, looking at the future that I have to deal with, the game has shifted. Nonviolent social movements by We The People to fight for a weekend, child labor laws, or equal rights are gone. General strikes are gone. The only thing left is the money. As long as you got it, its all good too. So maybe you might exercise some empathy and try to understand where I might be coming from. Trying to give my future a chance, and maybe someday my child's future a chance.
You can't tell people they are wrong, it only invokes a "kill the messenger" reactionary response. But I fear that being able to show people they are wrong on this one will take too long, and it will be too late. I know somebody is thinking well, take over the democratic party from the inside and reform the party from within. Great idea 50 years ago. Status quo won't change itself or allow itself to change. The fat rats are scrambling for the last bits of cheese while they can before the ship sinks. Look at Dingle from MI - 50+ years in congress, he is bailing out. Lots of the congress veterans have been bailing out last few years.... I wonder why?
My last point. I just want solutions to come about. I don't care which party does it either. I'm not about partisanship, I'm about solutions. Why get locked down to something that we know is flawed, broken, and not functioning as originally attended? Its kind of like, why does a victim of domestic abuse continue to run back to their abuser? Or why does a wife of a cheating husband keep letting him do that to her? Why do we remain silent and inactive and beholding to the democratic party, when clearly they are only serving themselves, their campaign donors, and the corrupted system for which they work for? The same thing goes for the Republican party by the way. The Republican party has become crazy. The democratic party has become useless. The middle class is getting shafted. And many are falling from middle to working-poor class. We keep remaining passive, expecting the cavalry to come riding in any moment and save us. Spoiler alert: they aren't coming. WE are the cavalry. :-)
Please check out my website. All of my past shows are posted there, for free in entirety. All 107 episodes. Watch a few of them and tell me what you think :-) Here are a couple on this topic...
My video on Green Party in 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tmc6QfwVOVI
My interview with Jill Stein - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DSzF5a1pAQM
The ideas behind a Green party for example (don't hear this coming from democratic party but most dem voters want this:) http://www.filterfreeradio.com/index.php/jacobs-blog/186-a-green-new-deal-for-america-in-2012
Maybe I am the only person who is tired of being lied to, sold out, and abused by the system. That's fine, at least I refuse to remain silent. Speak up. Question authority. Read a book and turn off your television is a good place to start.
Posted on March 6, 2014 - 09:32 AM