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Two-party system stokes fears

In my inexpert observation of current political dialog, I note a distinct similarity among my Democrat and Republican acquaintances. For “progressives.” Ending the evil that is The Donald is a singularly important objective. Similarly, among conservatives, stopping the red menace that is the Biden/Sanders alliance takes priority.

Both sides are more against something than for anything.

This is the legacy of our two-party system. Victory is more important than policy, and fear sells. The idea of “hold your nose and vote” is so widely accepted it is cliché. We cast our votes, not because we believe in our candidate, but because we fear his opponent.

This situation speaks poorly of our republic.

Choosing the lesser of two evils is still evil. It locks us into a downward spiral of contemptible and contemptuous candidates. Both parties make random promises no one expects them to keep. In fact, neither party needs to stand for anything. They just need to make the other party seem worse.

Voting third party is a statement that government based on fear rather than ideals is not acceptable. It is a statement that the voter believes in something and wants to support it. It is a statement that we will no longer acquiesce to a perpetual lowering of standards.

In 2016 Gallup reported that 61% of adult Americans thought a third party was needed, and third-party votes, while still small, are growing.

If you hold “progressive” beliefs, you will find the Green Party holds a far clearer, less ambiguous stance than any Democrat. If you seek to get Big Brother out of your life and pocketbook, the Libertarians are far more committed than any Republican.

This November do something positive. Vote your principals, not your fears.

Douglas Peckham