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Political Bigotry (Or, Why Would You Ever Vote Third Party?)

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How can you call yourself a Green or a Libertarian and then not vote for your party’s presidential candidate in November? What a waste?

Why did you do all that work (if any) between 2004 and now if you were just going to sell out for so-called hope and change?

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What we are disputing is whether this election should be one where we begin a short term solution or a long term solution. I prefer the latter.

I cannot rest on my laurels and allow certain comments to be unchallenged. For example---

In response to third party talking points, third party voters are told, “None of [the points] change the fact that McCain would be exponentially worse than Obama.”

The idea that a Gore administration in 2001 would have been just the same as having a Bush administration after 9/11 is ludicrous. The same holds for Obama vs. McCain.” Third party voters are denigrated for suggestomg Gore might have been like Bush in any way.

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Third party voters are called “parasites” because, according to those against voting third party this election, third party voters “know there is a difference between McCain and Obama.”

How much of this bloviating is a result of nearly eight years of talking points promoted by the corporate media that Nader cost Gore the election? Indeed, in order for media to cover Nader’s candidacy, media has to mention this in the lead of their news story along with the word “perennial” so we all question Nader’s decision to run for president again.

Third party voters will not empower McCain/Palin for the simple fact that McCain/Palin are not going to check out the third party votes cast on Election Day after winning and consider them when deciding what agenda to pursue as an administration.

McCain/Palin voters will empower McCain/Palin.

And, actually, Obama/Biden will have empowered McCain/Palin by failing to confront Palin’s theocratic ideals and the McCain campaign’s racism if they win.

Ask yourself, why is the race so close? Polls lie? “Bradley effect”? Why so close when so many feel Obama has blown this thing wide open?

Republican dirty tricks are further reason to vote third party. Just who challenged voting irregularities and asked for a recount in 2004? Green Party presidential candidate Green Party candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik did, not Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry.

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Had these fine third parties not stood up when Kerry stood down, would we know the full scale of fraud that occurred in Ohio? Third parties stop dirty tricksters of any political strip in their tracks.

And the only way to ensure McCain/Palin’s loss is not to vote Obama. The only way to ensure their loss goes back to what Noam Chomsky wrote days ago (and I think what Howard Zinn would say if asked the same question): If Americans want progressive change, Americans must recognize “that consistently over the centuries, progressive legislation and social welfare have been won by popular struggles, not gifts from above.”

Furthermore, Chomsky adds that such struggles “must be waged every day, not just once every four years, always with the goal of creating a genuinely responsive democratic society, from the voting booth to the workplace.”

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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