The "take-away" from the 2000 election, at least for Democrats, seems to be, "we can't allow third party candidates because they take votes away from us." Hmmmm. How democratic is it to try to prevent the voters from having genuine choices?
Wendy Burnett, OpEdNews
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As a Bernie Sanders supporter, I am always being threatened with, "If you don't vote for Hillary, Trump will win, and it will be YOUR FAULT." This is usually accompanied by some version of, "Nader was a spoiler in 2000, Bush won, and just look what happened!"
The "take-away" from the 2000 election, at least for Democrats, seems to be, "we can't allow third party candidates because they take votes away from us." Hmmmm. How democratic is it to try to prevent the voters from having genuine choices? How democratic is it to tell voters that don't even belong to your party that they must vote for your party or WHOEVER (it's the same in every presidential election -- the rhetoric is the same, the platform is much the same, the only thing that changes is the name of the "big threat."
Wendy Burnett is a writer, blogger, and health activist with interests in health, politics, women's issues, and all the areas where these topics intersect.
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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Parts 8 & 9, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
- Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 8 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2016 General Election Guide".
- Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy
- Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
- Parts 8 & 9 in a Series