If you REALLY want change - vote ????

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
August 5, 2012 12:53pm CST
If you really want change, we have repeatedly proven that voting for a Democrat or a Republican results in little of no change. They talk different when running for office; but, when it comes right down to it nothing changes when they get into the office. So, if you REALLY want CHANGE, vote for anyone who is not a Democrat or a Republican. Check your ballot and whenever there is a candidate for any office who is Independent, Green, Libertarian, etc. - vote for them and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You have a much better chance of that person shaking things up if they are elected; because, they do not "owe" their party for helping them get into office.
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@lampar (7597)
• United States
6 Aug 12
I hear that loud and clear, and i tend to agree with you based on the past. If you hear the political slogan 'CHANGE' from politician running for office in the land, then you have to make sure what sort of CHANGE you want from him or his political party. If you want change for the better not worse for the country, then you have to vote for a candidate who is neither a Democrat or Republican. If you prefer to change for the bad or even worse for yourself or the nation, then you can choose between both major political parties that are in power for many decades and their chosen candidate for you. Change for the good or even better is not going to come around if the mindset of the people remain unchanged, choosing between either one of both major political party again is not going to make your life better or the nation progress, except making the political party' elite member richer and wealthier.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
7 Aug 12
Right now both the Democrats and Republicans feel "safe", with the only "threat" being from the opposing party; and, they don't seem to really mind "taking turns". Because of that "sense of security" and the vast amounts of money they receive from PACs, lobbyists, and from their party; candidates from these two parties are more than happy to continue "business as usual" supporting the "party line" and lining their own pockets. Even if the other party wins the next election, as soon as the people become tired of a lack of results and want a change again, they will be right back in that office or a similar position. The only way to shake things up and actually change anything is to not elect a candidate from either party. Sometimes that is difficult; because, no third party candidates are even running for the position. But, if we start putting some of them in office, maybe more will be encouraged to run in the future.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
8 Aug 12
For another new political party to begin gaining seat in congress alongside the traditional two major political party system will be a difficult start in the chapter of U.S political science 101. This new kid on the block must be able to collect big political donation in order to run a successful election campaign to promote its own idealogy, value and political stands in the face of two powerful competitors. It really need some strong political wills of a group of activists to make the initial effort to make things work for them, that meant they must have a lot of $$$$$$ in their campaign fund in hand in order to stay in the race of traditional vigorous election campaign path until the day running up to the poll. It is no easy task to break into this deeply rooted two political party system of the land, both Republican party and Democratic party know that fact well and they are not worry a bit about a third party or independent is able to break the mold presently, let alone losing their traditonal loyal votes to any new party or independent candidate.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
9 Aug 12
That is why it needs to start at a local level first. People need to see that the local offices CAN be filled with a non Democrat or Republican candidate. And, if a local office can be changed; then, a state office can be changed and eventually a national office. It does not take a lot of money - it takes publicity. People need to know who you are and there are a lot of ways to get publicity without spending billions. It takes "grassroots" support and going viral. A lot of people who started out with nothing have gained media attention and become "household names". A third party candidate would need that type of support from individuals.
• Philippines
6 Aug 12
Voting is so important and each person will have their own reasons for it. It is better to cast a vote even if you don't have a positive feelings for either main party candidate. It is a great privilege to vote. You can still vote for another candidate. There are always other people on the ballot to choose. Be bold in life and make choices, don't just standby and let others decide for you.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
6 Aug 12
My personal belief is that if I don't vote I don't have the right to complain about the results or say "I told you so". We all know politicians lie about their campaign promises. We see it happen all the time. Even if they TRY to carry out their promises, they can rarely accomplish those promises by themselves (President can't accomplish a lot by himself; Congress has a major part in what is actually done; even if the President is the one that gets the credit/blame).
• Philippines
7 Aug 12
I totally agree with you! Two heads are better than one!
@violann (437)
• United States
9 Aug 12
I agree with you! I am so sick and tired of the bs between the two main parties and the fact that nothing is being done. I will look at the other candidates and their views, before making my decision.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
10 Aug 12
And, please tell your friends and family to do the same. Some people are so stuck they will never change, just keep complaining. But, every vote that is take away from either of these two parties, is a voice telling them we no longer want to keep doing "business as usual".
6 Aug 12
In my opinion. There is nothing wrong 'with whom to vote' but the entire system needs a change. Let it be America, India or my own country Pakistan. Worst form of dictatorship was witnessed under the regime of George Bush, yet they think are following true democratic principles. I don't think true democratic principles have yet been implemented anywhere in the world. There is something missing. We all want change but how?
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
6 Aug 12
The biggest problem right now with politics in any country is that groups/businesses have too much power. Whether it is a lobbyist, political action committee (PAC), or minority terrorist group - these elements have very few "votes"; but, a lot of influence. We place people in office to support "us"; but, we do not have the same influence after they get into office that these "groups" have with their "donations/threats". We are approaching a point where we no longer need the majority of our politicians to make decisions for us. In the US, we do not need to have 2 senators and several representatives to make decisions and propose laws any more. We need only one or two people per state to draft proposed legislation and then put that legislation to the people to vote "yes or no". With the all of the resources we currently have (and more being invented everyday" everyone could cast their vote on new issues as they are proposed using the internet and/or phones to vote. Security is the only issue and that is also progressing rapidly. If our politicians no longer have the power to "pass" laws; then, they would not be subject to all of these small groups/businesses and their influence and people could pass laws that benefit the people and not these special interest groups.
• United States
6 Aug 12
I agree. If you want change, then you have to vote. If you don't vote, then you cannot change anything. Also, it's true, the two party system is becoming over-rated. I know that everyone says that if you don't vote Democrat or Republican that your candidate won't get chosen, but I don't think that's true. There use to be the Whig Party, but most people don't remember that. There used to be more than just the Democrat and the Republican parties, and we did have some presidents who were from the Whig Party. Now, we have Independent, Green, Libertarian, and several other parties to choose from, so don't just confine yourself to one party. If you are not happy with the two party system, then change it.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
6 Aug 12
There have been a lot of complaints in the past decade about the politicians in office. People vote out the previous office holder expecting change; but, any changes have been minor and ineffectual. So, the next election they vote for the opposing candidate and it starts all over again and nothing REALLY changes. So, check out you ballot and vote for someone completely different. Since they are neither Democrat nor Republican, they probably don't think they stand a chance and they will be greatful to the voters who did get them elected. If you want change, vote for the "other guy" and get your friends and family to do the same. Grassroots support can sway an election at a local level AND once people see that they can put a non Democrat/Republican in office; they will consider it a possibility in a higher level election.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
6 Aug 12
Hi speakeasy, One of the best way to keep your country democratic is to vote. Voting gives you a choice to make a change, how insignificant your number may be but your vote can change things. This looks good in theory or may be in west. In third world country like India, who so ever you vote for it would end up same kind people. Only the faces in power change and the amount of money they swindle off change, nothing else change. But even though I know it, I still vote thinking it would change things but reality I know that nearly all politicians are same.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
6 Aug 12
India and other "third world countries" do have a problem with corruption. The US still has some corruption; but, it used to be a lot worse than it is now. Actually, it is easier to eliminate corruption now than it used to be. Internet and cell phones allow people/organizations to expose corruption than it used to be in the past. When corruption is exposed and people protest it existance, police and judges are FORCED to take action or run the risk of also being publicly declared "corrupt". There will always be some corruption in politics because people will always be greedy and try to take advantage of others. But, the amount of corruption can be LIMITED and the penalty for being caught becomes greater than the benefits they would gain by being corrupt. People can make a difference IF they become involved and support others who get involved in exposing corruption.
@subhojit10 (7384)
• India
5 Aug 12
yeah i second your thought completely. We are the torch bearers and cannot leave our country at lurch by not voting. Voting is our foremost right and we should exercise it in order to avoid letting the power going into the wrong hands.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
6 Aug 12
My personal belief is that if you do NOT vote, you are saying you do NOT care what others decide; so, you are also giving up your right to complain about the results. When corruption is the problem, support people/organizations that expose and publicise that corruption. Corruption can not continue when it is exposed and prosecuted. But, it will not be prosecuted if they are not caught and the information made public. This will not eliminate corruption; but, it will reduce it and make corrupt politicians more careful about the corrupt acts they do take a risk for.