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A few weeks ago, we all heard someone say that we should not vote for a third-party candidate because "this is not the time for a protest vote". Quite obviously, she is afraid that her chosen candidate will not be elected, but even more afraid that the other Old Party candidate WILL be elected. To be clear, a 'protest vote' is defined as "a vote cast in an election to demonstrate the voter's dissatisfaction with the choice of candidates or refusal of the current political system".

"Quiet in conscience, calm in their 'right', confident their ways are best."

So my question is "what exactly is she afraid that are we protesting with our 'protest vote'?" Here are a few of my own ideas:

  • We are protesting that both of the Old Parties (and their ideological platforms) actually represent the whole of "We the People of the United States", our views and our ideals (because they don't even come close). 
  • We are protesting that our choice of Presidential candidates MUST be limited to two candidates whom more than half of the population (in recent polling) does not like.

Or, if you want something a little more personal:

  • We are protesting the idea that we MUST vote for one of two Old Party candidates rather than one of the five (yes, five) party candidates which whom we might actually agree. ("They have no chance of winning, so you HAVE to choose between one of the two who DO have a chance of winning.")
  • We are protesting the bully tactics used by the insecure adherents of the Old Parties to get on their bandwagon even if we don't agree with their candidate. ("You HAVE to vote for my candidate otherwise their candidate will win, and we will all go to hell in a handbasket.")
  • We are protesting that our votes, as an entire population, SHOULD actually reflect our real voices rather than the voices of a few on the increasingly extreme ends of the political spectrum.

"And the knowledge that they fear is a weapon to be used against them."

You see, ma'am, you SHOULD be afraid. I disagree with your assessment that this is not the time for a protest vote, and so do a lot of my friends on all sides of your political ideal. This is EXACTLY the time for a protest vote. Especially since there ARE candidates out there who actually DO represent the ideals and views that we think are important, not just for ourselves, but for our families, our children, and our grandchildren. And THAT, ma'am, is what representative government is supposed to be about.

Committee to Elect Darren Hamilton
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