To the right you can see my absentee ballot for the state of Ohio. I’ve requested it so that I can vote by mail to keep the lines short for everyone else on Election Day; four years ago in my precinct the lines stretched for hours.
As you can see, at least in the state of Ohio we do not have a “two-party system.” There are 8 presidential tickets on the ballot for 6 political parties and two sets of independents.
After much consideration, I have narrowed down my choices to the Obama-Biden ticket and the Nader-Gonzalez ticket. Here’s my invitation to you: would you like to help swing Ohio one way or the other? Post your arguments in the comments section explaining which of these two tickets is most deserving of my vote.
Here’s why I have already eliminated the following tickets from my consideration:
Barr-Root: They ought to rename it the Libertarianish Party after the nomination of Bob Barr, who voted for the Patriot Act, who doesn’t extend religious freedom to non-believers, who thinks free speech is overrated, and who wants to take away the citizenship of American babies. Wayne Allyn Root is just an over-the-top blowhard.
Duncan-Johnson: Richard Duncan is an Ohioan who gets on the ballot regularly but who hasn’t taken the time to post a website or write up anything more than the vaguest paragraph describing his intentions. I have no earthly idea who Ricky Johnson is. Not ready for prime time. Not even ready for public access cable.
McKinney-Clemente: I like the Green Party in the abstract. But Cynthia McKinney? Nope, sorry, nope. I just can’t vote for someone for President who punches police officers, who seriously thinks that George W. Bush was in on the 9/11 attacks, who praises the dictatorial Hugo Chavez, and who asserts that the U.S. government has been shooting thousands of prisoners in the head and dumping them in a swamp, telling us that she could give us the names of people who told her so, but she just doesn’t want to. I back away slowly.
Baldwin-Castle: Because no party that embraces Christian theocracy, opposes free speech and stands against a woman’s right to self-determination should refer to itself as the “Constitution Party.” Baldwin and Castle stand firmly within the “Constitution Party”.
That leaves the Nader-Gonzalez ticket, the Moore-Alexander ticket and the Obama-Biden ticket. I have both deep misgivings and some tepid support for each of these tickets. I would really appreciate your thoughts on these three tickets as I consider where to throw my support.