I am about to take off the weekend and spend a bit of time with my son. Before I go I did want to comment on an article I saw in the News and Record tuesday May 25.
Charles Davenport is one of their regular colomnists. His article was headlined Disillusioned Voters and Third Partys. However his article never mentioned a North Carolina third party. There is only one you know.
Davenport asks the question: Do the two dominant partys adequately represent the entirety of American political opinion? If not, what is the most effective approach for those who find themselves on the outside looking in?
Davenport offers two possibilities. One is to work within a major political party. In other words join up and get in line for a place at the trough. He offers what seems to be some remnants of Naders Green party as an example of this approach.
Mr Davenport fails to note that any other approach is severly restricted by the incumbents. They want you to stay a party that they control and they make it very difficult to do anything else.
Davenport does admit that those who do not feel properly represented by the dems or publicans do have the option of forming a third party. He offered the Constitution Party as his example for this option. I enjoyed his offhand remark that it had not yet qualified for the ballot in North Carolina.
Mr Davenport spent a lot of ink telling people that a vote for a third party was a wasted vote. That a vote for a third party was worse than a wasted vote it could cause the greater of two evils to win and who wants that?
Davenport used a lot of page space to tell people not to vote Libertarian without ever actually mentioning the only third party option voters will be allowed to have this year. Nor does he ever bring up the real reason someone might have for voting Libertarian.