#1LinerWeds from Ben Swann, CBS46 News

In a nation of three hundred million people, the idea that voters only have two choices makes no sense at all.

– Ben Swann, CBS46 Atlanta

Ben Swann of CBS46 news here in Atlanta said this as part of the “Reality Check” segment they run on the newscasts. Here’s the whole segment.

There are those who claim that American politics only work with a two-party system. You have your red choice and your blue choice, and if you don’t like it, tough shit. They’ll tell you sure, there are other candidates who run as Libertarians, Greens, Constitutionalists, and others, but you’d have to be a “damn fool” to vote for them; might as well just stay home if you feel that way about it.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more than half the eligible voters in this country stayed home on election day this year. There’s something wrong with that, isn’t there?


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5 thoughts on “#1LinerWeds from Ben Swann, CBS46 News”

  1. Interesting “Reality Check.” I can see voting for a third alternative as a matter of conscience, or to make a statement, but there is a risk. If enough people voted for Bernie as a Green candidate, they could take a significant number of votes away from the greener of two evils.

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    1. One of the things Ben got wrong in the reality check is that Bernie Sanders is not the Green Party candidate, unless something’s changed in the last week or so; currently a woman named Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate, as she was four years ago.

      Voting in any election has been a case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t for too long. Both the major party candidates are lousy this time; why reward them with a vote? Why hold your nose and vote for Clinton because you don’t like Trump, or vice versa?

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  2. Isn’t the lesser of two evils still evil? Where’s the sense in changing party affiliation to vote as if better candidates made it through the primaries anyway? Is voting outside the two parties a wasted vote? Didn’t Trump say he wouldn’t align with the party that’s now backing him? Sigh Maybe to end the 2-party system. makes the most sense. What do I know? Is Nader running again?

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    1. Whoa, lots of questions! Here are lots of answers:

      Yes
      There’s no sense in voting for someone you don’t like because you don’t like the other candidate more.
      No. A vote not cast is a wasted vote.
      I don’t know. Seriously, I’ve been staying out of it.
      You know you don’t like the candidates the Red and Blue teams have selected.
      Jill Stein is the Green candidate. Nader’s not running. Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate.

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