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I'm hoping to make connections and establish dialogue among people who are honest with themselves regarding the political options in the upcoming election. That is, people who might be inclined to vote for Obama or McCain but who don't really want either of them. But how to get out of the two-party bind? If you vote for an independent candidate or a "third party" in our system who you like the most, it in effect may help the "major party" candidate you most dislike. What to do? Reform the voting system? Yes, but until then, what?

My solution is that a disenchanted Democrat and a disenchanted Republican team up and each vote for the independent or third party of their choice. This way the siphon off votes in pairs from each of the two "major parties." They don't affect the balance between the Democrat and Republican, but they do help third parties. They could both vote for the same candidate, or two different candidates.

What is required is meaningful dialogue between a would-be Obama voter and a would-be McCain voter -- real work. But through that dialogue, people can break free of the partisan chains the establishment tries to bind them with. Dialogue and yes, even Love, defeat the political establishment.

Can we make it possible for people meet up, exchange ideas, maybe met to find a "vote buddy" they can make a pact with? I'm interested in exploring these possibilities here on LJ, and I welcome interested people to continue the conversation in the LiveJournal community that I've set up: http://community.livejournal.com/votepact/profile.

Of course, people might get the idea from here and do this with someone they know in some other part of their life -- a friend, a co-worker, a relative, a neighbor, a debating partner, a tennis partner, whatever. They could then write about what they've done, make a youtube video, whatever, to spread the word, perhaps become "matchmakers" to help others find their "votebuddy." Let's see what we can get started.
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Date:August 17th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting. This community has been dead - but I know a few smart folks still track it.
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