By and large I consider myself a conservative. But I no longer consider myself a Republican . In fact I am no longer a registered Republican. I am now known as what New York calls blank. But I believe it should be called independent.
Although I am now an independent,this dose not mean I have stopped voting for the Republicans. But I have started to take third party candidates more seriously and I think it is time other Americans did the same. In recent years I have started to pay greater attention to the platforms of candidates from the various parties and found myself starting to cross party lines. The two party system in my opinion has failed us and it is time to make a change.
The irony is that Americans keep saying they want change and yet the same two parties keep getting into office. In the 2008 presidential election I voted for Libertarian candidate Bob Barr. When it came right down to it Obama didn’t impress me and I felt McCain had started kissing up to the Republicans in order to get nominated.
When McCain for the Republican nomination in 2000, I felt he was his own man that stood up to his own party. That impressed me. I cannot say I agreed with everything he said, but I was impressed by the fact that he stood his ground on views that differed from the Republican party. I don’t even know if I would have voted for him when the 2000 primaries came to New York, but I liked the fact that he was a bit of a rebel.
Come 2008, everything changed and that really put me off.
As the race continued I found myself paying more attention to the Libertarian party and I continue to do so. I do not agree with everything they stand for, but I cannot believe that anyone agrees with 100% of everything of specific parties platform. If they claim they do, they are either lying or they are out of their minds.
In New York’s last election for governor I voted for Libertarian candidate Warren Redlich . I was impressed by what he had to say and for the most part I felt he was saying all the right things. I knew that he was a long shot, but I voted for the candidate I felt was most qualified. If I had it to do over I would not hesitate in voting him again. Say what you will about throwing away my vote, but as far as I am concerned I am throwing away my vote when I vote for one of two candidates (Republican or Democrat) that I do not and cannot support.
This is a problem in America. My take is that Americans seem to have this mistaken notion that they need to vote Democrat or Republican because they have the best shot and because its been that way for years. Where has it gotten us? Not as far as I would like.
I am not saying the that having third party candidates in office is the answer to our problems. What I am saying is that if you want change, than you need to change. We need to put fear in the two party system. Maybe if people start taking these third party candidates seriously and voted them into office, the Democrats and Republicans will stop to take note and realize it is time to do something and do it fast.
The simple point is, things will never change until we change. People should pay attention to the platform of the candidates and not necessarily the parties they represent.