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A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the “lesser of two evils.” Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the “evil of two lessers.”

 

Chuck Baldwin

Candidate for President

Constitution Party

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Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

 

John Kenneth Galbraith

  

 

 

Go ahead and deride me. I’m an undecided voter. I, too, once looked with scorn on voters who couldn’t make up their minds after months of political rhetoric. Haven’t they read and heard enough to choose a candidate by now? Well, perhaps they have heard and read too much – and what’s more, done so with an open mind. Here’s how I came to that conclusion.

 

Not deciding right out of the gate this year to back my party candidate has been totally liberating. It has had the surprising effect of allowing me to see all the candidates with amazing clarity. The rose colored glasses are off and so are the gloves. Every misstatement, embellishment, and diversion to inanity on either side is sharply defined. If a candidate says something stupid or wrong, I am free this year not to defend him. I don’t have to squeeze my candidate’s views like silly putty to fit back into the Truth Can. If the facts don’t fit, I don’t acquit. Just let that lump of stretchy, over inflated verbal dough lay there for all to see. Oh, the candidate’s faithfuls will quickly pick it up, fill the center with a rock and hurl at the opposing candidate.

 

At this point neither party represents my beliefs, or if they do, they don’t adhere to them. I would like to see our election process overhauled to allow those outside the two monopoly parties to have a fighting chance. Perhaps more of us would take a more critical, non-biased look at candidates who represent our ideas more than an ass and a pachyderm.

 

We need to be addressing real issues like: economy on the brink from bailouts, energy needing big shot of ingenuity and attention, and danger from uncontrolled borders, to name a few. I don’t give a flying f*&% about pregnant daughters, community organizers, gay marriage, or whether a VP can field dress a moose, etc. As far as I can tell the only useful issue anyone is addressing (McCain) is earmarks. That’s a part of the whole big economic issue, but just a part. What ever happens, if we, the taxpayers, continue to bail out uninsured organizations like Freddie & Fannie and let the CEO’s who ruined them walk away not only without penalty, but with $9M, this country will be bankrupt. We might be rethinking that whole “too big to fail” mantra.

 

Meantime, I’ll be standing on the political street corner, arms crossed, peeking from under my hat brim at every pathetic attempt by the candidates to shape and reshape themselves into an image I can rally behind. Save your pompoms.

 

 

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Ross Perot is b-a-c-k, and I’m glad. He’s back in the form of his famous charts at perotcharts.com.  When our eyes glaze over and our ears begin to tune out the canned, poll driven commercials there is a place we can go to fact check on the economy. Believe me, you aren’t getting the real story unless the facts happen to mesh with an agenda, purely coincidental. Take the time to scan the work Perot has done for you. Here is what some are saying about Perot and his site.

PerotCharts.com will help Americans understand the serious fiscal challenges facing our nation. These new electronic charts will also serve to hold elected officials accountable while accelerating needed actions to help ensure that our collective future will be better than our past.
Hon. David M. Walker
President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Former U.S. Comptroller General (1998 – 2008)

 

The facts speak for themselves in Ross Perot’s powerful website for all Americans. Runaway spending and a rising national debt will destroy America’s future as a great nation. As more of our debt is held by those in other countries, our political independence is put at risk by our economic dependency. We must act now!
David L. Boren – President Univ. of Oklahoma
Longest-serving Chair of the
U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee

Ross Perot is exactly right to echo Winston Churchill’s famous cry for “action this day” to rally the nation to reform our entitlement programs, end deficit spending, and balance the federal budget. Perotcharts.com contains information every citizen needs to know so we can demand real change to get the nation on the right track.
Newt Gingrich – General Chairman, American Solutions
for Winning the Future
; Former Speaker of the
U.S. House of Representatives (1995-1999)

Know the facts when presidential candidates promise you the moon. Perhaps you are just getting “mooned.” 

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I can almost smell the stinkbugs. Election night beside the Mercantile Store in Karnes City, Texas comes wafting back when votes are being counted anywhere. The cool night air, crickets and stinkbugs, of course, were all part of the atmosphere. Instead of a chalkboard against the brick wall we now have the TV  screen, but the feeling is the same. In that crowded street decades ago the chalk paused under a candidate’s name and we held our breaths. On TV tonight a digital graphic pops on the screen and commentators begin dissecting its meaning almost before we can think.

Behind the political scene it is no doubt brutal, but I feel as General Patton did looking down in the valley where a battle scene smoldered. “War,” he said, “God help me. I do love it so.”

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This is how it is shaking down at one Florida household a week before the primary, a primary at which only one of our two votes will count toward delegates. Thank you, RNC. It could be worse; we could be voting in the Democratic primary and neither vote would count.

When I say our vote is shaking down, I mean shaking down. We have put the candidates in a big sieve. We shook the handle early on and several fell right through the holes that were our strongest personal negatives (Guliani, Romney, Paul, McCain.) Thompson just skimmed around but stayed in, as did Huckabee and Hunter. At one point we read Ron Paul’s record. Darn! He shouldn’t have fit through any of those holes. We threw that sucker back in the sieve. Then Hunter bailed out on his own. We got a good look at Paul’s manner in a debate and reluctantly shook him out again through the hole of un-electability.

Originally issues about foreign policy, illegal immigration, gun control, and social issues figured strong, but no one candidate agreed on all our views. We had to prioritize those views. But a funny thing happened on the way to decision day. The economy moved front and center.  We put them all back in and shook the sieve again with that issue in mind. Those with puny real life financial experiences came tumbling out: McCain and Thompson. Guliani as mayor hung on, as did Huckabee as governor. Paul got a few points running a medical office, but not enough. Romney came to the top on this one, way to the top. We threw Guliani out on principal and jettisoned fellow Baptist Huckabee after his remarks with the scent of theocratic leaning. In case I lost you, only Romney stood with every hair in place, like a cardboard figure in the bowl of the sieve.

Then this morning I am reminded of Huckabee’s embrace of the Fair Tax. I’ve read the book and some of it scares me, especially as a retiree, but I cannot dismiss its promise as a tool to a more competitive global economy. We are using economy as sole criteria here, so Huckabee hops back in. Thompson meanwhile withdraws.

Am I pleased with the two candidates standing after the shakedown? No. Will they still be there this time next week? I don’t know. Will Bloomberg jump in and change the whole dynamic? Who knows? Will I ever again snicker at an undecided voter? NO.

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