besides that, i always represent third parties. the democrat/republican split is a heinous crime of tribalism that the american public has allowed themselves to be party to. the idea that opinions from guns to abortion to taxes all fall under two poles is itself absurd, of course. beside that, the two party system exists as a variety of places for lobby groups (see also: money) to avail itself on the government. corporations & their ilk have more of a say in politics than voters, which is directly the result of the two party system. there is plenty of this, & i could go on at length, but i'm just trying to caveat here. that being said, i've decided that i don't care for "fake" parties. i am not looking for a "for for anybody!" system here. the socialists are fronting a nicaraguan resident alien! that isn't real play. so: the only candidates with enough ballot access to win electoral votes to win this thing (by the way: i said republic, not democracy-- go electoral college!) obama, mccain, nader, barr, baldwin, & mckinney.
okay, i'm not going to vote mccain. shock, right? i liked him in the 2004 election! he had some chops. somewhere along the line, though, someone meddled in his programming. here is the thing: that guy has loyalty. he wouldn't denounce america & so he rotted in a cell. good for him. i have enough pride to respect that. the problem is, he somehow thinks the republican party is due his loyalty. if he'd gone rogue back in the day? he might have turned out out. now he's just an old man. with, & oh heavens i wish i could make this up, palin as his running mate. she makes the anti-abortion jesus freaks happy? those are exactly the people you should be trying to make unhappy.
bob barr, i also can't vote for. i really thought gravel would sew up the libertarian party nomination & i could vote for him. barr has recanted a lot of his former positions. those positions though? are things like abortion, & marijuana, & gay marriage, & criminalizing wicca (what? witches? i mean, tends to be a sad scene, but...), & voted for the patriot act, & wants to repeal income tax, & well frankly, he sounds like the wrong kind of libertarian. again, he says he has mended his ways. sorry. too little, too late.
i can't even really talk about baldwin. the constitution party is like a double version of the "social conservative" party. they don't want taxes! & also, hate gay people, women, not-white people, & want to let states secede. listen, i can't really get behind that. i've called myself a post-apocalyptic libertarian? if lets say several billion people died, like. this sort of stuff isn't really valid anymore. this is the jeff foxworthy of the election.
(uh oh! obama just made a play for my vote, talking about the space race!)
i thought i might vote green again. cynthia mckinney is alright, plus a little bit crazy. i like crazy ideas in politics; where else should you have them? the thing is, we just miss on the topics. like-- statehood for dc? the whole point of dc is not being a state! what about statehood for puerto rico & canada & iraq. lets make all of those places states. runoff voting? okay, i'm with you there. heck, i might vote for you just for that. reparations? you are crazy. i mean-- i get the argument? i think successful agricultural slavery is probably the difference between north & south america. i would have voted for reparations a hundred years ago; now it just ain't reasonable. maybe you should sue some people instead of the government. death penalty abolition? yawn. how about prison reform first? i guess the thing is i only like some of the "ten core values" of the greens. eh. i might yet vote for mckinney. her endorsements-- like mumia-- make it tough.
i've voted for nader before. i might again. he's making it tough; now he isn't even making the "get funding, legitimize third party" argument? or at least not well. i think he's probably just an old dissident at this point. it seems like i should buy him a drink rather than give him my vote.
obama! i often talk about my disconnect with american popular politics. i say: "i live in new york, where obama was crowned king & palin is the wicked witch of the north." which is true. blogs & what not don't help. obama is cute, that is a plus. he is named barak obama & to be honest? that is probably the biggest reason i have to vote for him. dude, if we had a famous american political leader named barak obama, how great would that be? he's still a part of the shell game. which is a bummer. he is a middle of the road guy, & the middle of the road sucks. still dude, a black guy named barak hussien obama. how solid gold is that?
so i'm stuck. not to mention, my actual political opinions aren't going to be represented here. nobody is going to be advocating any opinions i can get behind. heck, orwell's dystopia seems really appealing, with how on top of things the government is! no, this is a vote for more of the same. maybe this economic collapse will break a seal. or ah, i don't know. i still think america is great fun-- the real heir of the age of reason. plus, we went to the moon. i want this thing with china to blow up into a full space race. maybe that is the most important issue for tomorrow. very exciting, outer space.