During the last Presidential Election only about 50% of the population who are able to vote voted. That means that only half of the country decided who would make the laws and affect change. For those of you who think voting your conscience is still wasting a vote because your state is always different than you or because no one from your party ever gets elected…it isn’t.
There is 50% of the vote still available and if we all voted for the candidate we think will best lead our country we have a chance of getting him or her elected. I have decided that for the first time in my adult/voting life I am not going to vote for the lesser of two evils but for the individual who I want to lead.
If the silent 50% of Americans vote for who they like, even if it isn’t one of the two main parties and the third parties actually show up as more than a half percent of the total vote it might let people realize they can vote for who they want and have the possibility of getting more votes in 4 years – because you know that some of the 50% who did vote are really only going for the lesser of two evils.
I honestly don’t care who you vote for, but rather that you vote, and vote for who you want to win.
Here are some of the main issues that most candidates have expressed their opinion on. I suggest you decide for yourself how you feel about each issue and then research who agrees with most of your points.
- Health Care
- Foreign Policy
- Same-Sex Marriage
- Social Security and Medicare
- Gun Control
- Global Warming
- Role of the Government
- Military size/readiness
For ease of research here are many of the parties represented in the upcoming election and who is representing them with a link to their party’s page. This is not a comprehensive list and if I missed any of your favorite candidates let me know and I’ll add them. The list is in Alphabetical Order, not my order of preference.
- Americans Elect – no candidate for 2012
- Constitution – Virgil Goode
- Democrat – Barack Obama
- Green – Jill Stein
- Independent – Thomas Hoefling
- Justice Party – Rocky Anderson
- Libertarian – Gary Johnson
- Republican – Mitt Romney
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