Michigan v. Ohio State. Yankees v. Red Sox, White Sox v. Cubs, and Democrats v. Republicans.
Those are all some pretty intense rivalries. No matter what either side says, neither one of those groups will never come to a consensus on anything. That is something that the American people can no longer stand for. Voter turnout is at an all-time low. Both political parties have cornered the market when it comes to scare tactics and action verbs.
During the three main presidential debates, I saw a lot of finger-pointing reminiscent of something seen at a nearby elementary school playground. “You said it!” “No I didn’t!” “Yes you did!”
Face it folks. Americans need to get away from the two-party system. The two-party system has not worked. Both Democrats and Republicans have taken turns screwing over the poor, the middle-class, African-Americans, and Latinos. But yet, all of those groups have yet to recognize an alternative.
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is a formidable alternative to get our country out of the mess that it is in. Governor Johnson wants to repeal the Patriot Act, legalize marijuana, legalize immigration ,let individuals decide if they should own a gun or not, scale back on foreign intervention, cut taxes, put terms limits in place, and cut spending among other things.
Governor Johnson was a successful businessman in his home state of New Mexico. He also started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay for college. During Johnson’s time as governor, he cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office in 2003, New Mexico was one of four states in the country with a balanced budget.
Governor Johnson also believes that presidential candidates should not take campaign donations from the corporate world. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have taken campaign donations from Bank of America and Goldman Sachs.
This endorsement should come to no surprise to anyone who has read anything I have ever written. Everyone seems to vote for things that matter to them. For me, as the writer of this blog, two things matter to me the most: Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties. President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney both leave much to be desired in those areas.
Although President Obama has done some good things, he has also done more than his fair share to advance the Military Industrial Complex. Ask the people who have died as a result of the drone strikes in the Middle East.
Mitt Romney appears to not have a clear, consise plan on what he plans to do in the Oval Office. As the founder of Bain Captial, Romney was instrumental in American jobs being shipped overseas. Don’t forget the video with Romney and the gay veteran. That should tell voters all they need to know.
The Commission on Presidential Debates stipulates that any presidential candidate have to raise a certain amount of money to be considered to participate in the debates that they sponsor. That tells regular folks like you and me that we can never run for president. It also says that we have to be a part of the one percent like President Obama and Governor Romney. For instance, you may like Lemon Lime soda (if you are from Chicago...Pop). What if you were told that the only choices you can choose from are Sprite and 7up? How would you feel? Would you choose the lesser of two evils? Or would you say “Well…What about Sierra Mist?” I know that may sound corny, but that analogy does accurately sum up the lack of options when it comes to presidential candidates.
Next Tuesday, go to the polling place and vote for democracy. Not plutocracy. If you don’t, “business as usual” will win the election, not Obama or Romney.
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