Sunday, July 6, 2008

Bob Barr's final point with George Stephanopoulos

Bob Barr, in his interview with George Stephanopolous on ABC's "This Week" this morning, made an important point. We Americans must do something about the two-party state. We must open up the electoral system. Barr said,
Success will come from opening up the electoral system here so that no longer after this cycle will Americans feel themselves bound to the artificial constraints of the two-party system.
This was his closing point.

Are we going to help? Short of changing our way of voting, short of making elections party neutral, short of eliminating the "spoiler" argument (see For a Truly General Form of Election), what can we do now?

I argue that, if you're concerned about Barr being a spoiler, if you're not sure he can pull a Ventura, then there's still a way for you to help. Simply answer the polls honestly by stating whom you really support. If there's insufficient support by election time, you can always switch back to McCain or Obama. Answering a poll doesn't hurt the election. If, on the other hand, Barr does gain a potential winning plurality of support as shown in the polls, then you can feel good about voting your preference.

So - (1) Express yourself in the polls, and (2) Vote as you will at election time.

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