[photocommons file=”Carter Reagan Debate 10-28-80.png” width=”158″]This morning, my mother told me she had gotten a call from a pollster asking “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
That this question can be used to predict (or so I hear) presidential elections seems like such a selfish way to look at things, but I do understand that is how we are motivated.
Evidently many pople see that and think “Well, that doesn’t affect me, I have bills to pay” and vote accordingly.
Neither of the major party candidates is going to be any better on these issues. And, since Ross Perot, they’ve made it very hard for third party candidates to get on presidential debates, so issues aren’t even discussed.
Ross Perot’s candidacy and appearance in debates made a dramatic difference in Clinton’s presidency. Because a kooky third party candidate was able to talk directly to the mainstream candidates in a televised debate, the president who ended up getting elected had to act differently.
The Libertarian Party has what sounds like a reasonable way to get the bigger issues like civil liberties discussed without sacrificing your vote. They’ve got their candidate on the ballot in all 50 states and if he can reach 15% in certain polls, he’ll be on the televised debates.
So, next time a pollster asks you who you are voting for, say “Gary Johnson”. When your time in the polling booth comes, no one is going to force you to vote for him, so if he gets in a presidential debate and you think he is completely unrealistic, you can change your mind. But lets get him on the stage.