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January 31st, 2013, 18:57
Originally Posted by BillSeurer View Post
(speaking of the US here). I get so tired of people complaining that there are only two choices (Democrat or Republican) and when I point out there are many choices they respond with "well, only two that can win". Gah! They've bought into what the two main parties are pushing. Others *can* win but only if people start voting for them (see Governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota). Even when they don't win they can make a big difference in both the election and what comes afterward (see Ross Perot).
That can lead to some unpleasant unintended consequences, though. By voting for Perot back in 92, I had a hand in starting 8 years of Slick Willie (admittedly, Clinton turned out far less damaging to the country than Obummer, but still). Sure, it might be the right thing to do, but it's nearly impossible to maintain momentum from election to election.

Besides, it's not just the two main parties that are stomping out other voices. Just look at the hatchet job done by the media on the Tea Party. I expect folks on the other side could cite the abuse Nader took from the media back when he had his best performance with the Green party (2000?) as a similar smear job.

Sorry. No pearls of wisdom in this oyster.
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