We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Now that the two parties have finally selected their presidential candidates, it is time for a sober-- if not grim-- assessment of where we are.
Not since 1972 have we been presented with two such painfully inadequate candidates. When election day came that year, I could not bring myself to vote for either George McGovern or Richard Nixon. I stayed home.
This year, none of us has that luxury. While all sorts of gushing is going on in the media, and posturing is going on in politics, the biggest national sponsor of terrorism in the world-- Iran-- is moving step by step toward building a nuclear bomb.
(The only thing a 3rd party candidate would do is cause one of the two candidates to loose depending on what side of the political spectrum they come from.)
Right, and by default one of the two to become president ... not the 3rd party candidate that's for sure. Can we take that chance? This is what happened in '92, and I was just as stupid as the rest of the 20% who voted for Ross Perot, effectively handing the presidency to Cinton. Think about it -- if you think voting for a 3rd party will be making a statement, it will be a costly statement, because in 4 years this country will be so far gone it may take a long time to recover .. if ever.