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alkaline9 Donating Member (586 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-05 10:28 AM
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28. valid assessment, reality check in order...
...As with most DUers I HATE that we went to war with Iraq. I HATE that some of our "liberal" politicians voted for the war. I HATE that they may still "stay the course" should they become president.

For many on DU as well as around the country, the illegal Iraq war is simply the biggest issue. While I really can't fault anyone's logic for taking a strong stance against ANY candidate that would vote to continue the atrocities in Iraq... I sure hope you wise up come election time.

What I mean by "wise up" is... look at the polls... be aware of what your vote for a 3rd party will really mean... Are you willing to put up with (at least) 4 more years of a repuke just to make the statement that a 3rd party candidate is a viable option... and maybe (BIG MAYBE) in 50 years there might actually be a 3rd party candidate that could POSSIBLY win the presidency?

In 1992 Ross Perot most likely stole a good percentage of votes from the incumbent (whose name I'd rather not even mention)... This might have been the reason the neo-con agenda was delayed in the first place. Now also remember back to 2000 with the Ralph Nader crowd... This might have put the neo-con agenda right back in place.

All I'm getting at is that 3rd party candidates have a profound effect on the presidency. While many people feel they are voting for their best candidate, it's not always in their best interests to vote in such a way. Would I like to see a Green Party candidate become president? YOU BET YOUR ASS I WOULD .... am I realistic about it? YES! Which is why I will vote Dem regardless of who the candidates are this year.

I realize that this whole discussion is (at least in the back of our minds) about Hillary Clinton. Do I think she is the best candidate? NO... Do I want to see her be the Dem candidate for president? NO... Will I vote for her if she is? YES... because the consequences are too steep otherwise.

(sorry so long, just my 2 cents)
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