OT - Gas to hit 4.00 - Vote for Ron Paul - dropping out?

Levi Pearson levi at cold.org
Thu Jun 19 10:20:18 MDT 2008

"Dan Stovall" <dbstovall at gmail.com> writes:
> Thank you, Jason.  Focusing on 3rd parties, and Ron Paul aside, the
> problem and solution that Levi has presented is a Catch-22.
> Apparently, it makes no sense or difference to vote 3rd party in the
> general elections because by then it is too late.  So, spend time
> between elections drumming up support.  However, the money needed to
> educate the populace, the access to debates, even the access to the
> ballot itself, is often based on results from previous elections.  So,
> all you have to do is convince people to vote for your 3rd party in an
> upcoming election to get those resources.  But that makes no sense
> since your party has no chance of winning.  So based on election
> results 3rd parties then have little to no resources with which to
> campaign between elections.  They can only hope that the merits of
> their platform are enough to sway voters in the next election.  But
> that makes no sense, since they have no change of winning.  And on and
> on.  In other words, the game is rigged to keep new comers out, and
> leave the field consisting only of 2 parties that as Levi said, aren't
> that different in full political spectrum.

You're missing the 'push for voting reform bills' play that can take
place in non-election years, if you really want third parties to be
able to have more influence.  Congress votes every year, not just
election years.


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