scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Politics and Elections
Tue Aug 22 2000 - 14:17:06 CDT
Continuing a discussion of participatory democracy, I believe
the question on the table boils down to something like this:
You agree with 80% of Candidate A's positions, 50-60% of Candidate
B's positions, and 20% of Candidate C's positions.
Candidate A WILL NOT be elected, but the more votes he gets the
more likely it is that Candidate C will defeat Candidate B.
Do you vote idealogically for Candidate A, and live with President
C, or do you vote practically for Candidate B and have a chance
of living with President B?
This dilemma exists this year on both sides of the political
spectrum. I guess that if you feel it is more important that
C NOT be president than that A receive your vote of confidence,
then you vote for B. Otherwise you vote idealogically for A.
I think it is probably more important to vote for B. Third party
candidates can do a lot to force the major party candidates to
focus on the issues, but until one arrives on the scene with
a realistic chance of getting elected, I believe it is probably
best NOT to vote for them.
Now, of course, what we should be teaching our Scouts is the
importance of becoming involved in the process and how to understand
the importance and ramifications of their votes, in other words,
how the process works.
Bruce E. Cobern
--- Original Message ---
Dale Karweik <karweik.1@OSU.EDU> Wrote on
Tue, 22 Aug 2000 14:10:43 -0400
I agree that this thread doesn't extend much longer either, but
I do have
to say I wish there was "None of the above" on the ballot. I
am not happy
with any of the candidates.
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