Just as a public service announcement - if you don't like either McCain or Obama for President (POTUS) - you do have a choice of Independent Ralph Nader on the ballot in CT (other states are different), and of course you also have an opportunity to mark a write-in candidate. In CT, you can't just write-in anybody's name and have it count though. Write-in candidates in CT have to be "registered" with the Secretary of the State (SOTS)- Hmm.. doesn't that seem to counter the purpose of a write-in candidate?
Here are the registered write-in candidates for POTUS in CT
1. Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle - Constitution Party
2. Moore and Alexander - Socialist Party Ticket
3. McKinney and Clemente - Green Party
4. Calero and Kennedy - Socialist Workers Party
Of course there are those out there who will say any vote other than for Democrat or Republican "is a wasted vote".
Presidential candidate of the Constitution Party , Chuck Baldwin said this:
In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the "evil of two lessers."
Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. For years now, Republicans and Democrats have been leading the country in the same basic direction: toward bigger and bigger government; more and more socialism, globalism, corporatism, and foreign interventionism; and the dismantling of constitutional liberties. Yet, voters continue to think that they are voting for "change" when they vote for a Republican or Democrat. This is truly insane!
Take a look at the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout: both John McCain and Barack Obama endorsed and lobbied for it. Both McCain and Obama will continue to bail out these international banksters on the backs of the American taxpayers. Both McCain and Obama support giving illegal aliens amnesty and a path to citizenship. In the debate this past Tuesday night, both McCain and Obama expressed support for sending U.S. forces around the world for "peacekeeping" purposes. They also expressed support for sending combat forces against foreign countries even if those countries do not pose a threat to the United States. Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to stem the tide of a burgeoning police state or a mushrooming New World Order. Both Obama and McCain support NAFTA and similar "free trade" deals. Neither candidate will do anything to rid America of the Federal Reserve, or work to eliminate the personal income tax, or disband the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Both Obama and McCain support the United Nations. So, pray tell, how is a vote for either McCain or Obama not a wasted vote?
So where is "the change"? I mean real change.
The media has ultimately controlled this election even as far back as the onset of primary season. You have had precious little opportunity to hear all voices in this race, and all points of view. You have heard little from those who wish to protect and defend the Constitution and our rights, or who have spoken of crucial issues of border control, real national security and who have offered up true economic solutions to the financial mess that we find ourselves subjected to. Instead we have been bombarded with nonsense and vicious personal attacks.
The media chooses the subject - chooses the sound bytes - makes a big deal out of clothing allowances and idiotic gaffes. They will turn the discussion away from the crime coming across our borders and the enormous power recently given to our Treasury Secretary (by both Republican and Democrat candidates), as well as other important issues. They will not even discuss Barack Obama's true birth circumstances. His birth certificate is being held back from the American people and is a sealed record which he will not share. Video tapes are being kept secret.
The media has just about crowned a winner in this race. Your vote is just window dressing and a formality. Some posit that it won't even count with the way our registration and voting system has been operating. We have voter registration fraud (a felony) and machines that do not work properly.
The result: We the people are pitted against one another and the media feeds us poison to hate each other for what we each think is right. It's time to shut off the cable TV news channels, read up on all candidates ourselves, and come to our own conclusions. Don't let the media tell you what to believe or how to vote. The pundits - talking heads and spin masters are hard at work. Don't listen to the slogans and sound bytes. I would even say don't take what the candidates themselves say in their speeches - look to their voting records and their past speeches when they weren't running for office, as well as off the cuff non-scripted answers. Follow the money....who is funding the candidate. By all means follow what your gut is telling you because you know how to size up the issues and the candidates. The media wants to make you think that you are not as smart as they are and are unable to do any kind of meaningful analysis.
One thing I do know - it isn't a good idea to have all three branches of government to be controlled by any one party. It is not healthy. So think good and hard on those choices in the voting booth. Don't let your votes for national election sway your votes for local elections. Your state race candidates and local officials are not George Bush or Nancy Pelosi.
Another thing I know - even though your vote may be different than someone else's, it is still important, and it should be respected.
John Quincy Adams said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."