Voting for Change

If you are a South Carolinian and support President Obama for re-election you should consider voting for the Green Party candidate for that office. Your vote for Barrack Obama for president is meaningless. South Carolina will elect to cast all its Electoral College votes for Mitt Romney. Voting for President Obama in South Carolina is simply throwing your vote away.

By all means, do not fail to vote for the Democratic candidates for all other races, if that is your preference. Those candidates have some chance of winning and deserve your support. While I believe the president will be re-elected, it will be without the support of South Carolina in the Electoral College.

On the other hand, if the Green Party can get five percent or more of the total votes cast in this general election it will qualify for federal campaign funds for 2016. Should the Green Party achieve that number, it will have a chance to get its message out to the American people. For the same reason, voters who prefer Mitt Romney to President Obama but who live in New York state or California, for instance, shouldn’t waste their vote on Romney/Ryan. Such a voter should cast his vote for the Libertarian or Conservative Party candidates so that one or more of those parties can qualify for federal campaign funding.

At least since the advent of the Citizens United decision, the two party system no longer serves the principles of democracy. We desperately need third parties that are not totally beholden to corporate money. Casting a vote designed to give third parties a real voice is an important step to protect democracy in the United States.

Image: from "Politics, Presidents, and Third Parties in American History" by Donald J. Green (Unknown artist) an ebook at found at Western Washington University Libraries.
Mike Copeland

Mike Copeland

I am old enough to know better. I have a B. A. from Birmingham Southern College and a Master's in City Planning from Georgia Tech. I have worked in SC State government for over a decade leaving as the Deputy Executive Director of the State Budget and Control Board, the state's administrative agency. I have owned the Fontaine Company since 1984 and am the managing member of a management, marketing and consulting company.

I am the author of several novels, some of which you may buy and read if you are of a mind to do so.

One Comment
  1. There is no such thing as corporate money or taxpayer money or foreign money, when it comes to U.S. dollars. It’s all OUR money, issued on behalf of the American people and backed by our good faith and credit.
    It is a mistake to let the quantity of money be determinative of anything but the relative value of the goods and services being purchased. If Americans want to support multiple party sponsored candidates for political offices, they can fund them just as they do the lottery and sugary drinks.
    I am somewhat leery about letting public officials supervise how dollars promoting potential competitors is to be spent. Indeed, I consider the various party PACs presuming to select potential colleagues to be deleterious. Elections are a voter action and the voters should be in charge. In the new age of information, it’s even questionable whether political parties serve any kind of useful purpose. Certainly, they’re not doing a very good job vetting candidate qualifications.

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