Thursday, August 26

Ralph Nader

Despite what some people might think, he's not out to ruin our country. He's got a few different goals, for sure. "Bring the United States of America to Ruin" doesn't fall under that list. On the contrary, I believe he's got a higher purpose in mind.

People claim that he's the anti-Christ, all the time. They claim that by voting for him, you're "throwing your vote away", or "taking votes away from (someone), who might actually have a chance at winning the election". I disagree.

I believe in our system. As much as I hate to admit it, we've got a good thing going here. One of the few things that plagues me, however, is the way that people who choose to vote for someone who is outside of the current system are mistreated.

In a perfect system, your vote would be counted. In a perfect system, the idiots' votes would be cast out. In a perfect system, the person best suited (as determined by the country as a majority) for the job would be voted in, to run our country for the next four years.

We, my friends, do not live in a perfect world. Because we do not, our lives are harder. Our decisions more hard. We do not live in a perfect world, and therefore, we cannot, without undue criticism, simply vote for who we believe in, heart and soul above the competition.

I choose, forevermore, to vote for the person I believe in. I will take my vote to heart. If there is no one in an election that I approve of, I will abstain from voting. It's a pure reflection of the beliefs I hold, and therefore, I do not apologize.

I will vote, this year. I will vote for Ralph Nader. His points, the same as they were four (long) years ago, reflect too closely upon my own heart for me to not vote for him. He is someone who speaks to me.. not only through words, but through his actions. His passion in refusing to withdraw - simply because the simpler-minded of our countrymen have asked him to - is invigorating. He shows a passion for life, and not just political life, that draws me to him.

I care not whom I am "taking votes away from".. mostly because were it not for him, I would not be voting. Cast ye stones where ye may, but I love who I am, and because I believe in this country - enough to believe we can change, and be more perfect - I will vote for someone I believe in.


B said...

It's important that you do what's right for you and that you vote for the person you believe in. Sometimes, it's hard not to look at this whole thing as a big game, in that yes, maybe another person WOULD get more votes if the little guy was out, but in the long run, wouldnt that be taking away something important? The freedom of choice. The freedom to disagree (and not lose a finger because of it). It's up to you to do what you think is right, and if you think ol' Ralph is the way to go, then more power to you. I havent made a decision yet, to be honest, and I don't know who I'll vote for. I do know that I'll choose the one that moves me. The one that I feel is best. That's all you can do sometimes.

Of course, being that I'm not very political, dont listen to me.

Cleo said...

I certainly agree that people should vote for whomever they believe in. I'm glad to hear everyone talking about it, because we (as a country) need to fight voter apathy constantly.

Personally, I'm too pragmatic to vote with my heart like that. As long as the electoral college is in place, and my vote can cancel out thousands from another state (in theory, anyway), and there is someone as scary as W in the big house, I'm voting for who can keep him out. I'm just not willing to take that risk.

But then, I always have been pragmatic to a fault. And I admire your idealism. :)

Pops said...

Yeah sure, I agree "He's got a few different goals, for sure. 'Bring the United States of America to Ruin' doesn't fall under that list", but just because that's not his stated goal doesn't mean it won't be the result of his candidacy.

I think the case can be made and supported that GWB is the worst president post-WWII so for me it's a moral imperative to vote for the guy with the best shot to beat him.

For me.

I would encourage you to follow me down the road to Happy Town where rivers run with chocolate milk, warm breezes smell like cinammon toast and we all lose weight on the all-cookie-dough diet, but I can't force you. Not legally, anyway.

Jess said...

I have to admit, it would be nice to feel as if I could vote from the heart instead of from my head. However, I just can't do it. Call me too pragmatic as well, but I have to go with someone that know has a chance at removing W from office. I know Nader doesn't have that ability, and, as a result, he doesn't have my vote.

Although, to be honest, I'm not even sure he'd have it if this wasn't as important a race as it is. I can't quite pinpoint why, but I'm just not sure he'd have my support.

I do commend you on your purest effort to be true to yourself. Good for you!

inediblehulk said...

OK...this is too much...I rack my brain for days trying to think of something somewhat topical, and the only thing I see in the US news these days is political shit, so I figure I won't write about that, both because it's overdone, and I've never really been able to distinguish between, or take interest in, the parties anyway. Then I figured why not Nader? He's neither here nor there, but is still considered political, so let's throw a little post together about him...but now you've said pretty much exactly what I would have, for some odd reason, so I'm not writing today. Glad to have you picking my brain from afar...