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Should I Vote For a Third Party Candidate?

November 4th, 2008

In response to Get Disappointed by Obama, Adam from says that, “For the record…you should vote,” and then directs me to his website which urges people to vote for third party candidateds. Any third party candidate.

I went there and watched the video, the primary argument was that if a party receives x% of the popular vote, then they are eligible for federal funding in the next election, and that in order to increase diversity among candidates, people should vote for third party candidates if they don’t like the two major parties. Well, that’s great, if what you want to do is increase the size and power of the State, so even though everyone wants change, when push comes to shove, their actions indicate they really will be satisfied with more of the same old crap.

But, the two major parties control the system. They write laws and regulations that effectively prohibit third parties from being considered in the media, they exclude third party candidates from their Good-old-boy-club debates. They exempt themselves from filing deadlines (i.e., Bob Barr, libertarian, missed the deadline in Texas and is not on the ballot. Both major parties missed the deadline to be on the ballot in some states, but they will appear on all ballots.)

The fundamental objection which I take with regards to voting, is that within the confines of a non-voluntary institution (like government) which is imposed from without, it simply is not an acceptable means by which rational adults should resolve disagreements, or choose the courses for future action.

I might vote for Kent McManigal, just for shits and grins. But I’ll probably write in “nobody” for President.



  • matt says on: November 4, 2008 at 4:36 pm


    I voted for all the Libertarians in 04 and 06.

    This year I’m staying home and drinking a home brewed IPA instead. I’m not going to the polls for the same reason I no longer go to church.

    I really don’t want to be part of any majority, tyrannical or not. If that makes any sense.

  • David Z says on: November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm


    Good to hear from you again, Matt!

  • jed says on: November 4, 2008 at 11:07 pm


    i voted in texas and i saw bobb bar. there was dems, repubs and libertarian on the ballot. i wrote in ron paul. he’s the only one that has any foresight and makes any sense. which is why he is “crazy.”

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