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Comment Re:Least worst (Score 1) 1004

I've come to the conclusion that the big two no longer represent my issues on the points that are most important to me. When I agree on a point with one of the major parties, it's typically on some wedge issue which doesn't seem quite as important. Watching them self-destruct has been more fun than anxiety-inducing. At the end of the day, I wouldn't feel good coming out of the voting booth contributing to either Trump or Clinton's vote count.

Comment Re:Least worst (Score 1) 1004

Most states are pretty firmly in one camp or the other, and only in a handful of swing states will such thin margins even be considered.

The flipside to this is that, unless you live in a swing state, your vote doesn't matter. So if you are throwing your vote away anyhow, why not on someone who best aligns with your own interests?

Comment Re:Two candidates (Score 1) 1004

I don't think you are giving Johnson a fair shake. Your first objection applies to all four national candidates. Your second criticism, that he's not informed, probably comes from sound bites you saw about his "Allepo moment", and then a few days later when he had a similar episode when asked about a foreign leader. I think you'll find that these two incidents are the exception and not the rule - but he does seem to freeze up when put on the spot at times. Sometimes he is visibly nervous. If he were auditioning for an acting gig, I'd be a lot more worried, but he's running for an administrative position. For that, he has two terms as governor to judge him on his merits.

Comment Re:Laying cable (Score 2) 202

Per house, FTTH costs about $3000 on average to install. $25 per month over ten years. It's a long term investment, but it's far from being unreasonably expensive.

Yeah, sounds good. Say, do you want to use your internet connection of 10 years ago right now?


And *that* is the problem. Hopefully fiber gives us enough room to upgrade by only upgrading the stuff on each end, but 10 years is forever in internet time.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 1004

He had much better numbers than either Johnson or Stein and even he got soundly trounced.

He was running below Johnson heading into the first debate, which the major candidates unwisely invited him to. He also had millions to spend on prime time TV infomercials.

Johnson is woefully ignorant on foreign affairs

He's certainly not as strong as a former Secretary of State! I mean, few people alive are going to have as much expertise as Hillary in that department. But his brain farts notwithstanding, he was at least a governor from a border state. He's probably more qualified than Bill Clinton was in this area. I mean, this is why there is a Secretary of State - the president doesn't need to be an expert on all things. He could certainly smack Hillary around on immigration.

So I'm voting strategically.

Yes, but in the process you are supporting the status quo. That's fine if you think it is your best option, but I think we are on the wrong path in the areas of foreign policy, debt, civil liberties (especially domestic spying and the dual wars on drugs and terror), corporate and union money in politics, "free trade" rather than "free markets", etc. Hillary is essentially a living embodiment of the establishment.

And it's ignorant to not recognize and understand that.

That's not very nice.

Comment Re:Least worst (Score 1) 1004

Voting for a third party candidate who might get 2% of the vote is a waste of time.

The practical difference is exactly the same as voting for Trump in California. It's pointless and a waste of time, but millions will still do it. He can't win in CA - it's effectively a one-party state as far as presidential politics go and it's winner-take-all to boot.

There are far better ways to make yourself heard than through a protest vote for a fringe candidate.

I'd be terrible in politics, but I did donate money and if the Libertarians get enough votes they'll be marginally less "fringe" next time around, qualifying for federal funds and automatic ballot access.

It's an inevitable function of how our voting system is set up.

It's only set up that way because we keep voting for people who like it the way it is.

In this election Hillary is clearly the least worst option when the alternative is Trump

I'll agree that she's by far the more qualified candidate. But I'm not sure the country would be better off in the long term with her as president. Trump would, I think, be a disaster and would result in a lot of change. Some of that change might be good. At the very least, it would be a release of some steam. Hillary will continue with the status quo, pressure will continue to build up, and the next election will be even more dangerous than this one.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 1004

I wasn't comfortable with Bernie's demagoguery and pandering to the people who think all of life's problems begin on Wall Street, but I voted for him because he had a lot of other good points (mainly on foreign affairs, protection of liberty, and his amendment to end corporate and union citizenship). Don't get too hung up on a politician trying to toe the line on turning off a block of potential votes - all the incentives are wrong for that.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 1004

I'm not going to defend Trump, but you are just speculating. He might go all Ronald Reagan and delegate everything, like he has done with his business. Who knows? He has no track record to judge him on. I reckon he'd be a disaster, but not in a world-ending sense.

My point wasn't to defend Trump, but rather to point out that the problems that brought him to prominence are not going to go away with the election of Clinton. In fact, they would probably continue to get worse. Letting off some pressure now might be preferable to letting it build, that's all.

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