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It's dumb, but my wife doesn't even know who I voted for in the last cycle. I value the secret ballot, so I make the choice to not vote and tell. Especially with the job I have, it's best not to get into political discussions.
It's easy to say it now. People will get nervous on election day when they here it's a tight race or that this election is the most important event in human history. I hope the people in this thread will stick to their guns and vote outside the two-party monopoly this year.
I like both candidates so much I am having trouble choosing.
Gary Johnson, yes on 6, yes on 7.
What's question 6 again? I always forget them when they're identified by number (although 7 is easy to remember because of the incessant ads)
Because the media, Republicans and Democrats can't handle a third party. They'd have to explain why they take the stands they do. It's intellectually easier (and lazy) when you can find any one issue, come down on it, and say that's why you're against a candidate.
Needless to say this is EXACTLY why we need a third party, and why the Republicans co-opted Perot's bunch and the Tea Party, and why the Democrats continue to claim they have a big tent yet ignore most of the actual concerns raised.
I dunno if it's about what people "can't handle", but the fact is that the LP is dirt poor compared to the two big parties, and that prevents them from competing in things like ads, ground operations, etc. And obviously if the LP and Johnson are such a small blip on the radar of election season, the media certainly isn't going to spend a lot of time covering them.
It sucks, of course, but it feeds on itself...kinda like when you can't get a job because you don't have any experience, and you can't get experience because you can't get a job. Most people aren't aware of Johnson because he can't make himself known to people due to lack of money and exposure.
Maybe if some billionaires started throwing tons of money into the LP or something, this might change.
What is, something no one ever said.
If you live in Maryland (and about about 43-44 other states) your single vote literally doesn't matter, so you might as well go outside the box.
So I'm voting none of the above again this year (i.e. third party).
Also voting against all incumbent senator, congressmen, state senators, and state delegates. And voting for Q7 (anyone who doesn't is a dope) and for Q6 (allow gay couples to receive civil union license, and again, anyone against this is a dope).
This post was edited by bkmalik 18 months ago
Well, I deliberately didn't say "the people" because I think "we" clearly can handle a third party. I'll grant that I was inspecific in my previous post.
I firmly believe, however, that the media leadership (such as it is), the Republican party leadership and the Democratic party leadership would rather almost anything else happen than the formation of a viable third party. The media may simply ignore them as you said and for the reasons you said, but the other two actively crush them on sight or even smell.
Yeah that's true, but they're in competition for votes so it's understandable at least. The GOP attracts plenty of libertarians (I'm one) and don't want the LP to peel off votes in such a tight race. And I'm sure the Dem party loses some votes to the LP too. But it makes sense, if you're either party, to squash the little guys. Yeah, it sucks.
Need more detail on this one...
Buck Showalter for Prez
Yes to gambling
Yes to gay marriage
my personal favorite although I don't know if we have any this year
"On Continuance in Office" - NO
Yes on Q7 provides significant financial benefits to the state of Maryland, and all the (non-WV based) opposition I've seen is centered on some version of "the people in the statehouse are sketchy/corrupt" or "I hate O'Malley"
Maryland will always have the corruption, might as well have the money too.
ONLY 4 UPVOTES???
You guys suck.
Obama was the first and only time I've ever voted dem and I don't plan to ever make that mistake again. OTOH, the thought of Romney as president makes me shudder.
Looks like I'm going with Johnson unless someone / something can convince me otherwise. But like others have said, it won't matter. VA is going to Romney this year.
Not a jack ass. I am a 4 star poster on RCMB - spartanfan48413
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