I’m Voting Third-Party   Leave a comment

Five/5/FIVE messages on my answering machine last night asking me to vote for _______________.

I”m a registered non-partisan super-voter, so my vote is especially coveted, courted, cajoled. Thanks, guys, I appreciate that I’m important to the electoral process.

Now GET THE *$%^&)@ off my answering machine!

I’m voting THIRD-PARTY and INDEPENDENT. The only political party race I”m casting a ballot in is Don Young and Forest Dunbar and that’s only because there is no third-party candidate and I can’t stand Forest Dunbar. Hear that, Forest! I think Don Young needs to retire, but I don’t think you should take his place, so I’m voting for him because you’re the only other person in the race.

I’m voting for the independent candidate for Governor — Bill Walker. I’m not actually voting for Byron Mallott (still the Democrat who got Lisa Murkowski back into the Senate after the Republican voters rejected her in 2010) and I hope Bill takes good care of himself.

I’m voting for the Libertarian candidate (Mark Fish) for Senator. Yes, Begich or Sullivan will win. I don’t care! I can’t vote for either of those two idiots.

I’m voting down the salmon initiative because I recognize that not everyone in Alaska is a commercial fisherman and most commercial fishermen plying Alaska waters are from Washington and Oregon. I am pro-Alaskan, not pro-fish cartel. I believe large scale mining and salmon fishing can and should coexist.

I’m not sure if I’m voting to legalize marijuana. I feel about marijuana the same way I feel about alcohol and other “recreational” drugs. They are dangerous and soul-sucking and society would be better off without them, but I don’t have the right to make that decision for the whole of society. Legalizing them won’t make them safe, but criminalization just creates criminals. My years in the mental health field means I know a great deal more about marijuana’s ugly side than the general public knows. Also, Alaska has had defacto decriminalization for more than 30 years,, so I’ve seen the societal affects first hand. Trying to portray it as harmless doesn’t mean that it is actually harmless. But, like alcohol, it’s not going to be stopped by criminalization. I might just leave that section of the ballot unchecked because I am ambivilant. Call it a clash between my Christian morality and good sense and my civil libertarian ideals. Yeah, I probably will just not check the box either way.

I’ve voting against the minimum wage hike because I believe forced higher wages reduces employment rates especially among the young and marginally skilled and ultimately provides employment opportunities for those who don’t pay taxes — mainly, illegal immigrants.

So, there you have it!

I’m voting, but not for any candidate who is getting big money or party endorsements. Stop calling me urging me to do so and STOP TELLING ME WHO TO VOTE FOR. I made that decision a long time ago without your help, which I never needed.

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