Or you can refuse to be satisfied with what’s being served up by the establishment.
We do have other choices in the Green Party, the Justice Party, and the Libertarian Party. My goal is to profile each of these choices in my next three blog entries. No, barring a miracle, these candidates won’t win. But there are still valid reasons to cast your vote their way:
1) It sends a message to whichever corporate-owned party wins. The days of American apathy are over. Our legislators need to understand they aren’t entitled to their job. If they don’t represent our views, they will be voted out.
2) It brings us closer to the day of a serious third party contender. Each year, more people vote third party. We are one or two election cycles from being a serious contender. A strong showing this year could mean that 2016 will see at least three serious candidates.
3) The third parties, although very distinct, have some similar messages which are entirely absent from the Republican and Democratic discourse. And these messages (e.g., ending the wars, civil liberties) are vital to our survival as we know it.
4) It will help you sleep at night. If you disapprove of both Romney and Obama, there’s no need to grin and bear it. Vote for someone you do want!
You might be surprised when you see how different the third party platforms are from the establishment’s picks!