#1LinerWeds found on Facebook

Yeah, it’s two lines. So sue me.

I promise, this will be the only time I discuss politics vis a vis the 2016 election in the US.

I’m speaking specifically to those of you who live in the great United States of Vespucci America.

Sometimes, it sucks to be an adult. Like this year, a Presidential election year where the choices are like the gas chamber and the electric chair. Either way you choose, you lose. Roughly 40% of voting-age adults are going to sit this out, like they always do, and the number might be closer to 50% when election day is done and dusted, because people have better things to do than choose between Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t.

A couple of things to remember:

  • There are at least four candidates for President, not just the two that get all the attention. In addition to Trump and Clinton, there’s Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, and Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. There might be others in your state. If the Red and Blue candidates don’t do it for you, consider one of the others running.

    I know what you’re probably saying: “But John, isn’t that wasting your vote?” That’s propaganda that the Red and Blue teams have been spreading for years. There are even people who believe that democracy in the United States will come to a sudden and violent end unless the two-party system is maintained. Their problem is, they can’t count above two. There have always been more than two parties in this country; it’s just that the Red and Blue teams discourage you from voting for them by telling you “your vote for a third party candidate is wasted,” and have rigged the rules so there’s no way anyone but a Republican or Democrat can win, short of a sudden outpouring of support for a third-party candidate. The only way to waste your vote is not to cast it. If you can’t decide, vote for yourself, Bozo the Cockeyed Clown, or anyone else you want. (You can even vote “none of the above.”) It’s one fewer vote for them.

  • Far more important than who you choose to be President is who you choose to be your US Representative and US Senator (if you’re voting on one this year). Congress has an approval rating of 11%, and yet 95% of them get re-elected. That’s stupid. If everyone spent as much time analyzing and evaluating who they send to Congress as who gets to live in the White House, there would be much more turnover. And don’t forget, Congress can stop what the President wants to do, provided they do their job. If they aren’t, throw them out.
  • Don’t neglect the state and local elections! In some ways they’re even more important than the federal offices.

Don’t be one of those people who walks into the voting booth, votes for President, and leaves. Don’t let the two worst candidates for President in history keep you away from the voting booth on November 8. Above all, don’t let fear dictate who you vote for. You’ll hear all kinds of horror stories about what will happen if you vote or don’t vote a certain way. Remember what H. L. Mencken said about them.


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12 thoughts on “#1LinerWeds found on Facebook

  1. Well said, John. When I voted in the primary election, I was afraid my vote would be “wasted”, but I voted for the man I thought was best and who my conscience needed me to vote for. The two “main” choices aren’t very good choices. It’s like the presidential race has become a joke. Class is gone. Dignity is gone. Morality is gone. At least my original choice had all three.


    1. I’m tired of voting AGAINST someone. I’d rather vote FOR someone, even if that person won’t win, even if it means someone “bad” gets into office (hey, someone “bad” will get in regardless), even if people think I’m wasting my vote (which is silly; the only way to waste a vote is not to cast it). It’s time everyone voted their conscience instead of their fear.


  2. John, I definitely will vote in November. Politics is a crooked game. I want a candidate who puts America first. That’s what I see when I look at Trump. He’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s making a strong case that many Americans can get behind.


  3. Really great post! And what a brave man to venture into such a controversial subject, even if it will be the only time : ) I know this is a tough voting year, but everyone who is of voting age should do it. I don’t believe any vote is wasted. I was glad to see that you mentioned the Libertarian Party and Green Party. I think there are a lot of people who don’t even know they exist.


    1. Well, you can’t get the media to discuss the Libertarians and Greens except in the context of “people who will never get elected but they’re trying anyway, bless their hearts.” I don’t want to have to choose between Clinton and Trump, and I think there are many responsible adults who don’t want to, either. I think it’s better that people go to the polls knowing that there are alternatives to the Red and Blue teams. I’m also concerned that the hot mess this election is turning into will result in too many people just saying “the hell with it” and not going to vote, meaning not only will they not vote for president, they won’t vote for Representative, Senator, the statewide offices, the local offices, and the judges. Those are much too important elections to miss: Congress is a mess, and so many things are decided at the state and local levels that it’s irresponsible not to vote in those races. A vote for a third-party candidate isn’t a wasted vote, if it means a person who wouldn’t have voted otherwise goes to the poll and casts a ballot. The only way to waste a vote is not to cast it.


  4. Hi John – interesting to read … I’m glad our Referendum is over … but the politics continues – some people are so intractable – and don’t realise what’s best for the country … that’s what we need … cheers Hilary

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  5. and I promise this is the only political comment I will leave on your page. Don’t sit out this election. Vote. Even if you write in Mickey Mouse (but maybe you shouldn’t, that might be considered a vote for The Donald…) you should vote. Don’t stay home. If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to criticize the choice of those of us who do. steps off soapbox


    1. I’d agree with the last sentence if we didn’t live in a “winner take all” world. But you’re right: there are many more decisions than President in this election that are arguably more important than who you choose to occupy the White House, because they’ll have more of an impact on your daily life.


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