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Cleaning the Two Party Garbage Out of the DrainTo Make Room for the Cream of the Heart

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It's time for Independents, Democrats and Republicans to come to toghether, in agreement that the congress sucks, to demand equal treatment for third party candidates and instant runoff elections so citizens can vote for the candidates they really want and the lesser of two evil candidates they prefer to settle for.

My youngest, eighteen, is squeamish. I was cleaning garbage out of the sink drain this morning, part of doing the dishes that I'd let soak overnight, when I realized, my eighteen year-old would be averse to putting his hands into the dirty water.




"Not enough cleaning sh*t," I thought, recalling the diapers I'd changed on my three kids.

And that's how my mind wandered to to politics-- how politicians have gotten so accustomed to "seeing sausage made," the analogy so commonly used because watching sausage being made is pretty disgusting, and so are the regular dealings of politics.

Then I thought about the conversation I've been having with further lefties who have written off the Democrats, who plan to stay home or vote for a third party candidate.



One wrote that he was older, only had one or two presidential elections left and wanted to be sure he didn't sell himself out, saying,

I'm facing my final one or two presidential elections, in all likelihood, and I'm thinking it's about time to be true to myself.


Now he's probably well able to clean the garbage out of the drain. Or maybe he's tired cooking and goes out to eat and doesn't have to deal with the usual garbage.

On the left and right, there is talk of fascism.

The right talks about needing to hold on to their guns to fight the police state-- even though, in my opinion, they're voting for the very people who are moving the US towards just that.

The left talks about fascism too-- about the ebbing of democracy, the loss of constitutional rights, freedoms, but unlike our friend who's decided he's too old to "settle," they keep voting in sell-out democrats.

We all know that congress's ratings are in the toilet, worst ever. Yet the system gives us so few choices.

In my state, the punitive laws are so unjust, unequal and unfair that it is almost impossible for a third party candidate to run. And there's no way that the people can put measures or propositions on the ballot, like in California. It's a lousy system, rife with cronyism and good ol' boy machine politics in both parties.

Yet I'm not ready to throw my vote away, which is what I believe one does by voting on a candidate who cannot win.

I am ready to work hard, to rais my voice, to take strong stands to change the system so third party candidates CAN be treated equally, can have equal access to the ballot-- none of this business where they are required to get more petitions signed than the primary two parties.

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Rob,While as a Libertarian Party activist (from Mo... by Darren Wolfe on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 8:20:22 AM
Touche for your remarks. The Libertarians would le... by philip rosen on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 8:37:44 AM
Touche for your remarks. You mean you surrender? L... by Darren Wolfe on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 11:10:50 AM
said the elephant as he danced among the chickens.... by vidiot on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:01:36 PM
... says a guy who calls himself vidiot as he step... by Darren Wolfe on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 4:35:33 PM
You can't look around and see them for yoursel... by Bia Winter on Thursday, Aug 14, 2008 at 9:43:59 AM
Bia,Thanks for the reply (though you are unnecessa... by Darren Wolfe on Friday, Aug 15, 2008 at 2:39:38 PM
...oh wait.  Never mind. ... by waldopaper on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 4:38:46 PM
If third party or Independent candidates aren'... by Kevin Gosztola on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 8:39:11 AM
and more,  the millions of disgruntled democr... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 10:58:50 AM
I certainly agree with the spirit of your article.... by Mike Folkerth on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 12:52:40 PM
Of course i agree wholeheartedly with all you said... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:17:06 PM
 Here's my dilemma with the two party sys... by tjb on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:20:23 PM
...there was no "I Don't Know" or &q... by Donald Rankin III on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:45:29 PM
All right we the people have to clean out this gar... by nestacal on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:48:18 PM
I am 49 years old.There has not been a President e... by Charlie L on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 3:00:54 PM
  ¬†Always had a feeling Clinton would have b... by Theresa Paulfranz on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 5:24:09 PM
There are two fundamental things that have to be t... by vidiot on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 3:43:51 PM
I am interested in data that shows where Instant r... by Joyce McCloy on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 4:06:03 PM
Instant runoff voting accommodates voters having ... by Rob Richie on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:51:51 PM
While I fully support advocacy of third parties, a... by Harold Hellickson on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 4:10:56 PM
...there is only ONE "party:"  the ... by waldopaper on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 5:31:55 PM
Things Are Both Simple and Complex, So Where is th... by Theresa Paulfranz on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:30:47 PM
No, mommy can't stop daddy from being mean to ... by Mark E. Smith on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:18:48 PM
I have a feeling this coming election will see man... by jersey girl on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:48:42 PM
It may be that the path along our political system... by Roger on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:56:04 PM
Comment from Ratings:   Rob, I'm glad to... by Bill Samuel on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 7:24:55 PM
It's conveniently incomplete and thus unable t... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 9:11:05 PM
instant run off voting is a good idea, and these i... by Better World Order on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 8:51:03 PM
There is enough time before the election to start ... by Bia Winter on Thursday, Aug 14, 2008 at 10:06:15 AM
... See www.instantrunoff.com for the basics on ho... by Rob Richie on Friday, Aug 15, 2008 at 12:58:05 PM
We don't need more political parties. We need ... by Ruth on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 9:07:01 PM
I would rather take a chance at throwing away a vo... by Carson Dugal on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 11:48:49 PM
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Rob wrote:If you don't like Obama or McCain, a... by Mark E. Smith on Thursday, Aug 14, 2008 at 2:46:14 AM
Mark S, excellent points and my sentiments as well... by jersey girl on Thursday, Aug 14, 2008 at 7:07:31 AM
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Rob,  I respect your opinion and advice about... by jersey girl on Thursday, Aug 14, 2008 at 6:58:12 AM
Nothing will change unless the media is freed from... by richard on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 7:43:44 PM
Along with universal single payer healthcare, we s... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 9:14:32 PM
The BBC does a pretty good job informing a whole l... by Ruth on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 10:04:24 PM
BBC is and NPR is big time.... by Tony Forest on Thursday, Aug 14, 2008 at 3:46:01 AM