Light on the Sacred, Heavy on the Profane
Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Speaking of Third Parties...

Over at Karol's, She had a thoughtful post about third party votes. I didn't know that she voted for Nader in 2000, as I almost did. So I began a comment that turned into a post worthy affair. There it is:

I planned on voting for Nader in 2000 for the same get him over 5% nationally and get him the federal funds, knowing damn well our state was going for Gore by a huge margin with or without my vote.

When I walked into the booth...I just couldn't do it.

I don't like Bush on domestic policy, but after seeing the DemocRATS pound away on the fact that he lost the popular vote, I couldn't think of voting for anyone else, despite the fact that he's going to lose the state anyway. I don't wanna give them the propaganda tool.

I also voted third party in the gubenatorial (sp) election. Pataki is every bit as bad a Cuomo was. The Conservative Party endorsed him, because the Pataki administration gave patronage jobs to the CP's founder's daughters. So I didn't know who I was going to vote for until I walked into the booth. I knew it was either Right to Life or Marijuana Reform Party. The importance of marijuana reform paled in comparison to Right to Life when I walked into the booth and saw the party's respective symbols. After all, what's more important? A pot leaf or a human being? So I voted for the Right-to-Life Party's candidate. Whoever the hell he or she was.

(For the benefit of out of staters, I must explain that NY State has 5 or 6 minor parties, and they occasionally endorse Republican or Democrat candidates if the candidates agree with the right issues. They are: Independance, Conservative, Liberal, Working Families, Right to Life, Marijuana Reform. I may be missing a few. I think there is a Socialist Workers Party, too.)

Of course some of them, like the Independance Party and the Liberal Party, only exist for patronage. It saddens me that the Conservative Party has sold out as well.