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

Dan Stovall dbstovall at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 11:23:23 MDT 2008

On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 10:20 AM, Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> wrote:
> 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.

I understand that I can petition my representative for voting reform.
I have actually done so.  I have signed petitions and written letters
about the need to change the voting system.  How successful has that
been?  When was the last significant voting system reformation bill
passed in this country?  See, even if I can convince my representative
to see the problem and introduce and champion a bill, no one in
congress is going to support it because, by and large, they are
benefactors of the system that needs reformation.  The only rational
way that voting system reformation is going to gain traction is for a
3rd party to champion it, enough people to get behind it, that won't
sell their vote out of fear, so that election results are effected to
show support for that 3rd party.  That 3rd party then will have more
resources in the next election cycle to try and convince more people.
The only way true voting reformation is going to happen is for 3rd
parties to start winning congressional seats and senatorial seats.
The only way for them to do that is to show repeatedly strong results
in general elections.  However, as long as people try and make a
strategically rational choice within an irrational system, that won't
happen and we will be stuck with the irrational system.
 3rd party candidate truly has your support may seem rational, but it
is actually giving up your only change to truly change the system.

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