Politics & Media

Ways To Waste Your Vote

Every year a bunch of political misfits collect the endorsements of fringe parties and tease our collective distaste for a two-party system. They never win, but occasionally, like Ralph Nader, they muck up the country for their ideological cousins. They are third party candidates, and here is a list of names for November that aren't Clinton, McCain, or Obama.

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National Socialist Party presidential candidate John Taylor Bowles

As the Democratic race draws to a close, you might, like myself, be left feeling underwhelmed with your two choices for the next leader of our country. You should know they are not our only choices. Here are some other candidates for president of the United States.

The most famous of the third party candidates is most certainly Ralph Nader, who is running as an independent this year. He generally follows Green Party platform and among his "12 political issues that matter" he includes calls for the adoption of a single payer national health insurance, a cut of the military budget, a reversal of U.S. policy in the Middle Eastand an end to corporate personhood.

The goal of Gene Amondson, the Prohibition Party's pick for president, is exactly what you think: a return to the prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. He supports the Iraq War and calls for stricter marriage and divorce laws, more religion in schools, less public welfare and stricter immigration laws.

Lastly, the National Socialist Party (Nazi) has a candidate in John Taylor Bowles. Billing himself as the "white people's candidate" he calls for an end to immigration, foreclosures and the outsourcing of American jobs. He supports free national health care and more environmental protection laws.

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