Sunday, May 02, 2010

A "None of the Above" Option is Needed

"The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." ~ P. J. O'Rourke

As the May 5, 2010 primary elections near, the Republicans believe the Democrats have alienated many independent voters who will choose not to vote for the Democratic party.   We've been getting a lot of political literature from Republicans about how they are conservative, anti-spending, and representative of tea party values.  To me, Republicans claiming these characteristics is ironic since they forgot to demonstrate them when they were the majority party in Congress.   I haven't forgotten how the Republicans managed to destroy a budget surplus while spending money on their multitudes of pork projects.

In my case, I plan to vote against the Democratic candidate. I want the Democrats to understand that 2008 was not mandate for their political views, but rather a rejection of the Republican failure. However, I don't think the Republicans understand that a vote against the Democrats is not a vote for the Republicans, whom I often dislike almost as much as the Democratic candidate.  In general, I find most of the major party candidates to be self promoting individuals who disappoint me once they are in office.

What our election system needs is a "none of the above" voting option.  That way we give the political parties and their candidates a reality check since I believe "none of the above" would be a winner in many races :-)   That way voters could let the candidates know what they really think and winners would no longer be the "lesser of two evils."

Maybe a "none of the above" option would would eventually lead to candidates who would actually work for the best interests of all Americans when elected.
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