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Response to slipslidingaway (Reply #60)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:54 PM

61. Thank you for your thoughts

Whether or not to vote for the lesser of two evils is sometimes a very hard choice if there are no other viable candidates in the race.

I think you have a very good point there though. If the two evils aren't that far apart, and if there are enough people who are disgusted with the two choices that we are offered, then only by expressing our desire for a third party can we let the two major parties know that we are serious about it, and that they'd better shape up or make way for a new party to take their place.

One thing I forgot to mention was that Abe Lincoln was a third party candidate when he was elected president. He was perhaps our greatest president (I think that FDR and JFK are the only two other contenders for that honor). He was ardently anti-slavery, before and after he was elected, in fact he was anti-slavery his whole adult life. The major party candidates (Wigs and Democrats) were not. It was well past the time that we elected someone who saw slavery as a great evil -- hence the need for a third party candidate. The voters agreed. And I think they will agree today, especially given Bernie's obvious sincerity and the fact that both major parties today can lay claim to less than 30% of the American electorate.

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