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RE: Options

That would be so if the independent or minor party guy were crazy, but that ain’t necessarily so. Eve if it is it, voting for him still sends the message to the majors that they failed to win your vote: That their campaign negative advertising was a waste of money.

I guess I would abstain rather than vote for someone whose associations I believe are seriously irrational: such as a mullah; a scientologist, or JW. There has to be leadership qualities present in a person who aspires to a leadership role.

In some preferential voting systems (AUS again) you get to vote for all the candidates in the order that you prefer them. You can start with the one you hate the most, putting him last, and work up to the guy you hate the least. It is quite satisfying, even thouugh your top two candidate preferences are usually the only ones that count.

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RE: Options by scottb

I guess I would abstain rather than vote for someone whose associations I believe are seriously irrational: such as a mullah; a scientologist, or JW. There has to be leadership qualities present in a person who aspires to a leadership role.

But that’s what you get in minor-party candidates. They’re representing minor parties because they have fringe views. Look at them… Lyndon LaRouche, Ross Perot, Ralph Nader.

Have a real set of viable parties would likely change that, but that’s where the real change is necessary — not just throwing an extra name in the hat.

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