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October 26th, 2004
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Poor prettypammie...
I voted Libertarian for President and House of Representatives, and Republican for all the county and township races. Why? Because local level republicans tend to exercise fiscal conservatism better than their national counterparts [which, sadly, isn't saying much these days] and because of state and federal pre-emption, have very little ability to regulate my personal life and choices.

It sounds like Pam is agonizing over every ballot choice and trying to find viable--or even merely palatable--write-in candidtes because the republican and democrats all hold positions repugnant to her.

Personally, I'm just glad to have my ballot in the mail and this behind me. This coming Tuesday--and the lawsuits to follow while we try to figure out who really is the president--is going to be ugly.

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From:coleoptera
Date:October 26th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
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My extended family has been solving the write-in problem by voting for me for soil and water commissioner for years. Eventually this joke will spread to the point at which I am actually elected. This idea amuses me to no end :)
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From:happypete
Date:October 27th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)

it's actually...

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one of the easier races to win in many jurisdictions.

my libertarian friend was on the Soil & Water commission and actually got some work done.
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 27th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
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Ah Pete. Now when Bush wins by one vote in NJ, I will personally hold you to blame :-)

CZ
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From:datavortex
Date:October 27th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
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Ah major party supporters, I look around the country, and already know who to blame. :)
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From:happypete
Date:October 27th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)

You can say it all you want...

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in my experience neither party's supporters will "get it." They each are pathologically convinced that if only Their Party Was In Charge everything would be better...never mind that one party or the other has been in charge for all of the 20th century and the 21st so far...even back into the 19th...

When was the last president that didn't identify as a Republicrat? When was the last time Republicans and Democrats didn't together make up an overwhelming legislative majority.

The candidates and supportes of the two branches of the one major party in the U.S. don't even recognize that they are, in fact, two sides of the same coin.
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 27th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)

Re: You can say it all you want...

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That would be the "Whigs". And if slavery is your boat, we have a lot to talk about.

Sorry dude, stable system morphs into two parties when the sample size is this large.

CZ
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 27th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Now now, keep in mind you're talking to one of the charter members of the "Young Republican Acid Freaks". We're young, conservative, and drop acid on weekends.

Libertarians don't want us.

CZ
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From:happypete
Date:October 28th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)

Hrm?

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Never dropped acid in my life...

I'll own the label "freak," though.
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 28th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Hrm?

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*nod* Too bad; the caucus meetings are a lot of fun.

CZ
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From:prettypammie
Date:October 27th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Not really - he doesn't vote for Democratic or Republican presidents unless he _really_ really likes them. And I haven't seen one he liked that much yet.

-P
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From:happypete
Date:October 28th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC)

he meant...

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when one wins because I voted for Badnarik instead of the loser...

like if Kerry beat Bush by one vote [mine, that I "wasted" on Badnarik].

He's being a smart-ass, but this is essentially the same scare/fear tactic that the republicrats use to keep independents and "third" parties marginalized.
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 28th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)

Re: he meant...

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Perhaps, however one can look at the record and see that the Perot run helped the Dems win in 92 and 96, that the Anderson campaign assisted Reagan (yes, there was a difference), and that the Nader campaign assisted Bush in 2000.

We can sit down sometime over a beer and go over the game theory math for N person zero sum games with voting blocs, but suffice to say that 3rd parties are inherently unstable and tend to tip elections as opposed to winning them.

CZ
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