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Do you think it's more effective to be for or against something or someone?

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1. Domenick Aulozzi CEOExpressSelect Member
     (1/3/2018 11:45:17 AM)
     Message ID #296058

This message is in response to Tams Bixby ( message id #296053 )  Back To All Messages

Tams,

I understand the urge to write in a candidate because you don't like the options, but I have always felt that when you do that, you are merely forcing everyone else to make your decision for you.

Like it or not we have a two-party system in this country. By voting for a write-in candidate you are knowingly not making a bit of difference at all. That is fine in itself, but it does not absolve you from any responsibility for what the outcome brings about. You are just as responsible for Trump getting elected as any of us that voted for him are.

The choice was Trump or Hillary. It does not matter whether you liked the choice or not, one of them was going to become president and you merely punted your choice. I would encourage you to think about that when you are tempted to deride others for making a choice.

2. Noel Meyer
     (1/3/2018 1:31:21 PM)
     Message ID #296061

This message is in response to Domenick Aulozzi ( message id #296058 )  Back To All Messages

"Like it or not we have a two-party system in this country"

With Libertarians, Independents there appear to be a host of candidates, alas poorly funded and without the necessary resources, but more than just the choice of the lesser of two evils.

Trump is not a Republican as he and Bannon appear to be destroying the Republican Brand with every action they take.

3. Tams Bixby CEOExpressSelect Member
     (1/3/2018 12:31:34 PM)
     Message ID #296064

This message is in response to Domenick Aulozzi ( message id #296058 )  Back To All Messages

Domenick,

Much truth in what you have said but there is also much to be said (and truth of a different sort as well) for taking a stand even when you know in advance that you are and will remain in a minority.

That is essentially what I did (taking a stand) and I am happy, calm and at ease w/ the choice I made, even though I may have contributed some to DJT's election in some manner. I accept that as my responsibility and will live with it in peace. I'd much rather take my stand on values I can sleep peacefully w/ afterwards than align myself w/ an action I cannot live w/ after the fact.

Yeah, that may be an "old fashioned" virtue but it's one I've had since I was born and so I think I'll keep it.

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And a couple more things Domenick ...

1) I didn't have an "urge to write-in a candidate". I thought long and hard about what I would do and that thought process began long before election day (about just the facts to which you have referred).

2) Yes, we have a two-party system in this country -- for now, but if I have anything to say about it that'll change to either:
  • A multi-party system; or
  • A two-party system w/ a BINDING "None of the Above" Option (on every ballot; for every office; during every election) where everything goes back to ground zero and restarts w/ TOTALLY NEW candidates when/if "None" wins.
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