Does Dawn dish soap really give you smooth skin? Will the truth really make you free? Do Camel cigarettes really help you breathe better because of that fiberglass filter? Does Axe body spray cause hot chicks to swarm you? Obviously not.
How about this:
“A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Donald Trump.”
What they’re telling me is that, if I should vote for the Green Party or, say, Dr. Jo Jorgensen as a protest, I’m also casting a vote in favor of Donald Trump. That gives me two votes. Logically, it’s got to be equally true that I’d be voting for Joe Biden; that’s three votes. Suck on that, Montana! My presidential vote is worth more than yours!
Why would a vote for anyone NOT Donald Trump be a vote for Donald Trump? The answer, of course, is that it wouldn’t. People are telling you an untruth, one they’ve repeated so often that it sounds like an axiom, unable to even be doubted.
Why are you accepting sensationalized ad copy when it comes to a presidential race between two men who, let’s face it, are racing each other for Lowest Common Denominator? Yes, perhaps one is worse than the other; so what?! The same party that chose Biden this time will choose someone even worse next time UNLESS you and a few million of your friends push back.
I put it to you that it’s your duty as a patriotic American to vote for someone — anyone — you can honestly support.
Think back: We could have had Bernie Sanders — yes, a Socialist, but someone who would have fought against corruption. Liz Warren, who would have opposed Wall Street and the Super PACs. Andrew Yang, a financial and economic genius. There were any number of brilliant, principled, effective candidates. And The Party chose Biden — not the voters; The Party. This was carefully orchestrated.
But forget about that for a moment. Let’s look at the issues:
– Is your candidate owned by Wall Street? Don’t vote for him.
– Is your candidate a repeat plagiarist? Don’t vote for him.
– Is your candidate a despicable liar? Don’t vote for him.
– Does your candidate make other New York real estate developers actually look good by comparison? Don’t vote for him.
– Does your candidate support progressive policies like UBI? What about Medicare For All? No? Don’t vote for him.
– Does your candidate support failed policies like the War On Drugs and Tough On Crime? Don’t vote for him.
– Is your candidate a woman? …Hm. Call me a sexist, but it might just be time for that. Let’s give a woman a try.
I’m hearing that this is the most important election in my lifetime, and maybe that’s true. I can’t imagine a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade or eliminate same-sex marriage; I can’t picture a President that can avoid the coming real estate crash or COVID recession. In fact, it’s tough for me to conceive of any potential occupant of the Oval who can accomplish much of anything in the shadow of our present economic situation.
But the one thing we can accomplish — just maybe — is to explain to the professional political operatives that really run our country that they’ve pushed us too far this time.
If you live in a swing state — Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and so on — there may be some justice in strategic voting. I can’t in good conscience advise a person to vote against their own interests.
On the other hand, if you honestly want to protest, I can’t think of a better way than voting third party.
(NOTE: Most states discard write-in ballots. Much though “Giant Meteor” might be amusing, that actually is literally throwing your vote away. At least pick someone who’s on the ticket. -Editor)