Don’t Blame Greens for Gore’s Loss in 2000

voteThere is a trend lately on social media and even some news outlets to blame the the Green Party for the loss of the Democrats in 2000, essentially handing the White House to the Republicans. In a time when the current top two nominees, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have secured historically low approval ratings, it’s easy to preemptively assign impending failure to someone else, like current presumptive Green nominee Jill Stein or current Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, but the notion itself is irresponsible and undemocratic.

Did people vote in 2000 for the Green Party nominee, Ralph Nader? Obviously. Could the Democratic nominee, Al Gore, have won if those votes went to him? Some experts say yes. But as far as blame is concerned, the 2.74% of voters who voted for Nader pale in comparison to the 61% of Democrats who didn’t vote, and the 11% of Democrats who actually voted for the Republican nominee, George W. Bush.

Blaming a group of voters for placing their votes for the nominee who represented their interests and values is about as undemocratic as you can get. Presidents of The United States are elected by a democratic process. Each nominee has earned the votes they receive. If you plan to blame Green voters for not abandoning their nominee to back the Democratic nominee, you might as well also blame the Republican voters for backing their nominee.

An important election is coming up in November, and you should vote for the nominee who matches your interests and values, vote your conscience, cast your vote for who you know will take the country in the direction it needs to go. We live in an information age where you can search for almost any information on any nominee, and sites like iSideWith make it almost fun to see how you relate to them. This November, place an educated vote for the nominee who represents you.

Since some might ask, I definitely won’t be voting for Trump this November, he is further from my interests and values than any nominee in my lifetime has ever been. I haven’t made up my mind about the other three though, I still have 104 days to learn as much as I can about each of them.

Update: The same comparisons are being made with the results of the 2016 election, so here are the facts. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral Collage to Donald Trump. Based on the results, 2% of Democrats voted for a third-party candidate, while 9% of Democrats voted for Trump, and 41.4% of registered voters didn’t vote. I’ll update this bit with more numbers as they become available.

Identifying with your Political Party

As of 2014, 42% of Americans claim to identify as something other than Democrat or Republican, yet the Untied States is still largely ruled by these two political parties since they still represent the vast majority of registered voters. Why do so many identify with political parties other than the big two, yet still remain registered with the big two? I don’t know, I’m not a political scientist, but common sense makes me want to see the 42% who identify as something else actually register as something else.

This Independence Day, take some time to consider if the ideals of your political party still match your own, and re-register if necessary. Stand with who you are supposed to, not who you were told to.

Don’t neglect the smaller political parties either. It is becoming clear that the United States needs a strong third party if any significant legislative progress is to be made these days. Without a third competing force, we’re left with two organizations who spend most days blocking each other’s progress since they are practically the antithesis of each other.

If you are either unsure or strongly unwavering in devotion to your current political party, take this quiz. You should know that I never advocate making decisions based solely on quizzes, but this one will give you a great start to your own research.

Freedom of Speech

There seems to be a grave misunderstanding as to what is protected by the right to freedom of speech in the US amongst both right and left-wing media. That concerns me greatly, as these organizations profess to represent the pinnacle of political news coverage, and such mutilation of a major governing document by a source which claims to be the only right and true word on politics and government is unforgivable.

This is the relevant portion of The United States Bill of Rights:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Too long, didn’t read? Here’s what you need to know, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” That’s it, nothing more.

If Congress makes a law to prosecute you for what you say, then you have grounds to complain that your right to free speech is being violated. Until then, if someone is just disagreeing with you, if you are being publicly ridiculed for your words, or even if you are being completely censored by a private group, you have no grounds to invoke such a right.

Freedom of Speech shields US citizens from laws created by the US Government to prosecute them for their words. It does not shield them from the judgement and disagreements of others.

Election Day

Depending on your time zone, election day (November 6, 2012) is either here or fast approaching, which means that it’s time to vote. Make no mistake about it, this is an important election and the polls are still close.

If you haven’t already voted, don’t stay home today. Your vote does matter. Visit your polling place to vote or drop off your mail ballot if you forgot to mail it.

As always, please research each candidate so that you can make an educated, logical, and unemotional decision. Choose the candidate who has the best chance of giving you your ideal America.

An Important Election

If you’re a US citizen, you probably know that there’s an important election coming up. If you aren’t a US citizen, you’re probably laughing hysterically as the country tears itself apart every 4 years. Anyway, if you are a US citizen over the age of 18, you have an obligation to register and vote in this election. You may think that your desired candidate will win by a landslide, but the polls are much closer than that.

If you are not yet registered to vote, now is the time (if you haven’t already missed the deadline for your state), so that you can cast your vote by November 6th. Of course, registering is only half the battle. You really need to set some time aside to research everything that will be on the ballot, and I’m not just talking about the two top presidential candidates. I’m talking about every representative, senator, city council member, proposition, etc. You should set aside time to research them all.

As for the presidential candidates, I won’t tell you who to vote for, you get enough of that if you follow me on Twitter. I just ask that you research each candidate so that you can make an educated, logical, and unemotional decision. Choose the candidate who has the best chance of giving you your ideal America.