October 28th, 2000

grandma ryan

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I've been spending the past few hours, while i have been recovering from last night[which was glorious by the way, and I will rcount it in a while], reading my voters papmphlet and websites. The prime this i wish to impart to all of you who happen to read this is: VOTE. It IS important, and every vote helps. less than 50% of america votes, think what that means:less than 25% of america gets exactly what it wants, and even those are only choosing from candidates who are force fed to them by our political corporate steamroller. If you feel flattened, the only way to stand up is for all of you who are not voting to do just this, stand. There are good, viable candidates running for the presidency, people who will take charge with regard to all the things which we find ridiculous about our country which are instead kept in place by corporate dominance. If you don't have a voters pamphlet and are registered to vote, get one, read it, vote. there are multiple candidates who have viable standpoints.
I for one am voting for Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke,
1) because of Nader's record in fighting for good common sense and protecting the people against bullies and unregulated dangers imposed on us by both our own government and ubercorporations.
2)A change must be made in the dual party politics of our capital, and voting for Nader is a statement, as well as a good choice. Washington is not going to change the election, and we are one of the states with a large enough following of Nader that we have the freedom to vote without fear of electing bush by "voting against gore".
This fear-based voting is ridiculous, and I think one of the things we need to change in our voting process is a move towards preferential voting, such that if your first choice is not gong to win, your vote would be shifted to your second choice, and so forth. This system is already in place in Australia, which has a vibrant and working body politic. Another movement which I have heard of, but poses a problem is the "No Quorum" vote. If you did not like any of the candidates[which is mostly just caused by an uninformed voting body] you could vote "No Quorum" or none of the above. UNfortunately this leaves the problem of, well...who is president then? would it create a situation where someone could use the loophole to maintain the presidency forever? This is why I believe in Preferential voting, such that fear would be eliminated from our voting logic.
Thus, I urge you all to go vote. And vote for the rest of the measures and elections on the ballot also, this IS our country, and the least we can do is help decide whom we want to run it. I endorse Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke, Green Party. Please vote.