An Infuriating Letter to the Editor

This is a particularly nasty letter to the editor from a newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. The author is clearly anti-third party and uses the wasted vote argument to make voting for an alternative candidate sound like treason.

Here’s a link to the letter. Note that commenting is enabled, and readers can leave their thoughts toward the bottom of the page. Just a suggestion. :)

I don’t feel sorry for Kermit the Frog. It shouldn’t be ``...easy being green’’ - or Green.

Back in 1968, I cast my first presidential and last third-party vote for the now-unremembered candidate of the Socialist Labor Party.

I have repented of that at considerable leisure; and I have more than once wondered whether others wasted - or did not even bother to cast - their votes similarly, and in sufficient numbers to throw Illinois’ electoral votes to Richard M. Nixon.

I no longer have actual nightmares about the possibility, but perhaps I still should.

In Virginia’s election last month, the Green candidate, Glenda Gail Parker, came uncomfortably close to handing Richard M. Cheney the casting vote to organize the U.S. Senate in the 110th Congress.

In Pennsylvania, the Republican national and state organizations and generous Republican contributors came within a hair of inserting a Green Party ``spoiler,’’ Carl Romanelli, into that Senate race, in an attempt to thwart the ejection of the execrable Republican incumbent, Sen. Rick ``Man-On-Dog!’’ Santorum.

In the desert Southwest, Green candidates have been shielding Republican incumbents from their just desserts for several election cycles past.

As I’ve suggested to my Green Party acquaintances, ``Just vote Republican. That, at least, has the virtue of honesty.’’

The most hilarious thing I’ve heard in the afterglow of Nov. 7 is that the Green Party gubernatorial candidate siphoned off votes which would otherwise have gone to Judy Barr Topinka.

No, Rich Whitney’s victory for egoism and increased electoral annoyance simply expanded the Green Party’s ambit for future mischief-making as a not-very-stealthy ``stealth’’ adjunct of the Illinois GOP.

Politics is a serious business, with serious consequences, best left to serious people

John Jordan Moore

9 Responses to “An Infuriating Letter to the Editor”

  1. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] Says:

    So Is John Jordan Moore is serious contender for the 2007 “Puke” Cunningham INTEGRITY IN POLITICS award?

    If this guy is on the up and up [and not just a brilliant parady] we Non Democans and Non Republicrats need to forward this Mis -Admistration unmercifully all over the net!

  2. Trent Hill Says:

    Well, this guy DOES give ONE good point. Third parties CAN spoil it for the big two, and we’re looking to do alot more.
    However, if he is so worried about having “Integrity” then he shouldn’t be voting for the “lesser of two evils”.
    I have always held major disdain for that phrase. “Voting for the lesser of two evils” is still voting for someone whom you think is evil,and thus incorrect to run the U.S. government. Shame on you.

  3. Matt Sterba Says:

    Instant Runoff Voting is the answer.

  4. Carl Says:

    No, range voting is the answer. IRV still results in a two party system.

  5. matt Says:

    IRV or Range voting might be the answer for us, but for Mr. Moore, the answer is more likely “keep enforcing the duopoly”.

  6. RCAIP Says:

    Nope! IRV is NOT the way for third-parties to go.

  7. Chris Says:

    The guy is basically a fear mongering tool of the GOP/DNC

  8. Matthew Says:

    I am not a Democrat. They will never get my vote. If the Democrats can’t convince a major of voters they are the right direction, they don’t deserve to win. I am not going to throw away my vote by voting for a party that doesn’t reflect my values. My goal is to raise Green voting. I don’t know why anyone would expect me to care how well or bad a Democrat does. Whether a Democrat or a Republican wins a race, I have lost. In my opinion, then, so has America. Good luck to the Dem’s, but you won’t get it from me. The Greens have earned my vote. Maybe the Dem’s should try that angle.

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