Nader Voters

For what reason do you vote for Nader? What possible rationale overcomes the reality of the American electoral system that compells you to support Nader?


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Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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5 Responses to Nader Voters

  1. rjjrdq says:

    He’s not Obama, He’s not McCain, and he’s not taking “you owe me” contributions from big donors like those two Republicrats. Do I need another reason?

  2. Meng Bomin says:

    Well, I would expect one to have some consideration of what a vote does and the fact that in our system a vote for Nader has no impact. It doesn’t stop Obama from getting elected, it doesn’t stop McCain.

    Your answer makes me think that you’ve surrendered in making the decision on who of the two viable candidates would make a better President and instead voted for a wackaloon because you couldn’t handle that decision.

    There are ways to effectively acquire and use power to change things, and voting for Nader is not one of those ways.

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  4. rjjrdq says:

    The media doesn’t choose my candidates. If you want them to choose for you-that’s your decision.

    I didn’t vote for Nader, I voted for Bob Barr, although Nader would have been better than what we might have.

  5. Meng Bomin says:

    But, to me, what is at issue is the very point of voting. If you don’t have an preference between the two major candidates, that’s fine, but realize that in voting for a third party, that’s what you are saying, because you are essentially throwing away any say that you would ordinarily have in the process.

    If you don’t like how elections are currently waged, then I would suggest campaigning against the current plurality voting system, because under it, third party candidates hurt candidates most like them. Because those who espouse Nader’s views typically fall into the Democratic coalition, Nader’s presence on the ticket hurts the Democratic ticket, and by extension, the interests of the very people who see the world like he does.

    Barr is a bit more complicated, since Libertarians views aren’t particularly represented as a whole by either party, but Barr would probably appeal more to Republicans, since he used to be one.

    Either way, I would love to see third parties in politics if their presence in a race didn’t distort the views of the populace in the representation scheme, but unfortunately, because we have a single member district plurality vote for the vast majority of public offices (with a rare variation from time to time, such as for the Georgia Senate seat), the existence of two parties is the equilibrium and all third parties do is hurt those most like them.

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