Monday, October 29, 2012

The Six (Yes, Six) Presidential Candidates

Re: "Off the Trail: 'None of the above' appeals to the genuinely undecided," Portland Press Herald, Oct. 29, 2012.

While there is no "None of the Above" box on the Maine ballot, Romney and Obama are not the only options in the presidential race.

There are actually six candidates for president this year. In addition to Obama and Romney, there is Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party), Rocky Anderson (the newly-created Justice Party) and Green Jill Stein. Stein and Johnson are definitely on the ballot in Maine. (I am not as certain about Anderson and Goode. Either way, you are still dealing with four candidates rather than two.)

My point is, if all candidates from all parties were given equal time in the national and local media (there is, not surprisingly, no mention of any of these third-party candidates in this article), maybe there would not be so many "undecided" voters a week before the election.

I do have to take issue, however, with Mr. Peruffo's assertion that, "It is the duty of the American citizens to support the president." It is...? I'm sorry--kindly point out to me the exact section of the Constitution that contains this authoritarian mandate. This guy reminds me of Britney Spears in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

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