If you think about it that is a decent amount of people. When you consider that billions of dollars have been spent touting the virtues of just two men, and you couple that with the saturation media coverage of just these two obviously very special individuals, it is a wonder that a million people might choose to step beyond the Skippy versus Jif universe and cast a vote for someone whose name most people wouldn't even recognize. Even if they tried.
There is, of course, the "you're throwing away your vote" argument that gets tossed at anyone who might admit to not wanting to cast their ballot for the two major market candidates. Something that I have always had a problem with. How can you be throwing away your vote when you are casting it for the individual who most clearly represents your beliefs? Do your views make you a throwaway as well? Should you change them so you fit in better with the other kids?
And look at it this way, in California today less than 30% of all registered voters are Republican. The GOP was unable to elect even one of their candidates to statewide office in 2010. So would you be willing to say that you are throwing away your vote if you don't vote for Democrats? Are you ready to concede that California is a one-party state, and vote that way because otherwise your vote won't count?
There are six candidates for President and on the California ballot this year. Four of them are third party candidates. Since we here at The Tattler often report on things no other local news venue cares to touch, we figured it was our duty to list them here along with some of the verbiage found on their websites. We have also provided links to those sites should you wish to read more. I'm not saying that you are wrong if you are set on casting a vote for one of the big boys, I'm just want you to know there are other options as well. It's what we do here.
The candidates listed here are in the order that they appear on the California ballot.
Gary Johnson/Libertarian (click here): Governor Johnson, who has been referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003.
A successful businessman before running for office in 1994, Gov. Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico with over 1,000 employees. Not surprisingly, Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.
Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office, more than all other governors combined and his use of the veto pen has since earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.
Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003. An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peak on four of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country’s out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as Honorary Chairman.
He has two grown children- a daughter Seah and a son Erik and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.
Roseanne Barr/Peace and Freedom (click here): Roseanne Barr is not only known for portraying a strong, reality-based, working class woman in her groundbreaking sitcom, Roseanne; she is also recognized as an outspoken advocate for working people and all under-represented Americans and their eroding rights for more than two decades.
Now, Roseanne is channeling her energies into a run for the Presidency that is rallying the interest and involvement of supporters from all walks and stages of life and from all fifty States. She is using her recognition with the public to passionately and persistently speak on behalf of unions, women and their issues in the workplace as well as their reproductive rights, single-payer health care, homeowners facing foreclosure, active Service People and veterans, and the rights of LGBT Americans. She speaks and writes equally forcefully against the reckless dominance of the Financial Industry on our Economy, and calls for the nationalization of banks and The Federal Reserve. Roseanne opposes the two wars that are supposedly necessary to our security but that go on forever and stink of profiteering. They have drained our treasury of funds that we are told are not there for essential social programs.
A vote for Barr in 2012 is a vote against the destructive and failed War on Drugs and the corruption it breeds. Roseanne agrees with a long and growing list of qualified experts that a sane drug policy in our nation would responsibly regulate trade, generate vast revenues, and unburden Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice system by eliminating the Black Market and its attendant horrors. Roseanne is committed to fighting against racial profiling, and she works to focus needed attention on the Prison Industrial Complex and its seminal role in our creeping culture of slave labor and the race to the bottom.
Dr. Jill Stein/Green Party (click here): Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate.
She is the co-author of two widely-praised reports, In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009. The first of these has been translated into four languages and is used worldwide. The reports promote green local economies, sustainable agriculture, clean power, and freedom from toxic threats.
Her "Healthy People, Healthy Planet" teaching program reveals the links between human health, climate security, and green economic revitalization. This body of work has been presented at government, public health and medical conferences, and has been used to improve public policy.
Jill began to advocate for the environment as a human health issue in 1998 when she realized that politicians were simply not acting to protect children from the toxic threats emerging from current science. She offered her services to parents, teachers, community groups and a native Americans group seeking to protect their communities from toxic exposure.
Jill has testified before numerous legislative panels as well as local and state governmental bodies. She played a key role in the effort to get the Massachusetts fish advisories updated to better protect women and children from mercury contamination, which can contribute to learning disabilities and attention deficits in children. She also helped lead the successful campaign to clean up the "Filthy Five" coal plants in Massachusetts, an effort that resulted in getting coal plant regulations signed into law that were the most protective around at that time. Her testimony on the effects of mercury and dioxin contamination from the burning of waste helped preserve the Massachusetts moratorium on new trash incinerator construction in the state.
Thomas Hoefling/American Independent (click here): Without faith there can be no justice. The two things are inextricably linked.
What is justice? To put it most simply, it is right-doing. In terms of the law and self-government, it is doing right to all persons equally and equitably.
But how can we possibly perfect justice in this country, as the framers of our Constitution purposed to do, if we pay no mind to the laws of nature and of nature's God? It is not possible.
Is there a desire in your heart to help save this country and restore America's greatness? Then trust God, seek His will, and do right. Join together with your fellow citizens who are of the same mind and heart, and retake the reins of your own self-government. If enough Americans will do this, without compromise, and do it in time, there is hope for this country and for our posterity. We can, if we choose to follow God and do right, once again be a shining city on a hill.
But if we refuse, and choose instead to be faithless and unjust by continuing to kill the babies and destroy God's institution of marriage and the natural family, our children and grandchildren, those who survive our brutal savagery, will curse us. They will rightfully convict us of squandering their precious heritage, one that was dearly bought with blood, sweat, and tears by our just and faithful forebears.
Our generation is a link in the chain between the past and the future. Please, my fellow Americans, I beg you, don't let it be broken. Strengthen the things that remain, before it is too late.
There are also some write-in options for you to consider. Former Virginia Republican Congressman Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party (click here), Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party (click here), and Jesus Christ (click here).
Whatever the candidates you choose to support, please be sure to get out and vote tomorrow. It can be a nice walk, even if it is only from your car. And you'll probably run into someone you know.