A Sea of Democrats
From a child I loved politics, at 15 I was a member of a youth commission. For years, I walked the precincts and manned the phone banks for various candidates and issues.
A billion years ago, A friend asked if I wanted to meet George McGovern, he was speaking at the Cow Palace, just outside of San Francisco. Meet turned out to listen, and after hearing him, I immediately volunteered to work for his campaign. Even though I was to young vote, I did anything they asked of me. It took a while to recover from his loss to Nixon.
A look outside of the Democratic Party and Republicans
Everyone I knew was Democrat. I didn’t meet a Republican until college, my first meeting almost turned violent, as my Republican neighbor told me, I liked the Democrats because of welfare. He assumed this black man, as every black man was getting a check. The save, was his Republican friends didn’t share his racist views and called him an asshole. While I didn’t like my neighbor, I liked his friends, some are friends today.
Exposure to Republicans changed my view on Republicans, I put away my giant brush and learned there were different Republicans.
I changed my party affiliation to Independent more than 20 years ago to support Presidential Candidate John Anderson, who changed from his affiliation from Republican to Independent. ( At the time I thought I was limited to Democratic Candidates)
Ideology aside, I began to see many similarities in the two parties.
Many of us are led to believe, a vote for someone other than a Democrat or Republican is wasted vote.
There is some truth to this. In most states, third parties candidates are invisible with some members of the two parties suggesting they are cult candidates.
Most Americans are not privy to the positions of third party candidates. They are often ignored by the local press and other media outlets. On a national scale, there is a convoluted policy that prevents them from participating in televised debates. Of course this limits their ability to raise funds.
Americans are being held hostage by Congress who despite our anger and despair is ignoring the electorate. Americans are simply collateral damage.
The Democrats can blame the Republicans who’s current slogan should be just say no. However, when the Democrats were the majority, little was done due to the infighting in their party.
Beginning this year, I plan to waste my vote. Its clear as an American, I am not important. From bad highways and dangerous bridges, to the well being of Veterans who have fought and served this country, we are simply collateral damages in the war of policy and opinion.
Beginning this fall, I will only vote for a third party candidate running for Congress and the Senate, any third party candidate.
I’ve had my fill of cake. I want someone who will act in my best interest.
Most states have closed primaries, limiting your vote, to those candidates in your party.
HOW ANGRY ARE YOU?
This fall most Americans will vote for a member of the majority party, ensuring more of the same. Insuring more of the same.
If ten percent of Americans vote for a third party candidates, the two parties will notice. 10 percent will not elect a third party candidate. Its a beginning.
This is just the first step.
The next is opening the primaries, which have been effective in shutting out third party candidates.
If your angry and want change, join a group, there are many across the country.
I have a small group on Facebook called: “Taking Back America-No Prisoners-Kick Them all out”
There are many others throughout the country.
This is my personal revolution change can happen one vote at a time.