Don't Waste Your Vote
on Bush in New York
By William Francis Mangieri
The likelihood of President Bush achieving the
winner-take-all electoral vote in the State of New York
is less than hopeful at best. A recent Marist College
poll suggested the race in New York is a bit closer
since the April presidential poll was conducted, but
among our state's registered voters Kerry receives 48%
of the vote compared with 40% for President Bush.
Interest in this presidential campaign is strong in New
York. About 79% of register voters in New York express
an interest in the election; this is 13 points higher
than it was this time four years ago. The Democrats
outnumber Republicans five to three in this state and
seem to be more energized to get the vote out on
Election Day. The Democratic Party nominated an
international socialist, who dishonored his country
after his service in the Vietnam War and has supported
every tenet of the left-wing agenda ever since. The
liberal philosophy is based on emotion not reason ---
and for this reason we have a highly charged, well
organized segment of our state's electorate bent on
unseating the incumbent by any means necessary.
Once again many of us feel we are presented with the
"lesser of two evils." Do we support a President who has
lead a destructive neo-conservative agenda remarkably
resembling big-government liberal ideals? Or do we
accept that in New York State at this present time we
can make a principled decision without worrying that we
are helping the worst of the two evils succeed?
Remember folks, it's a winner-take-all electoral system.
Bush may win some counties in this state, but the
heavily populated urban centers will predominately vote
for their fellow emotional basket-case. The numbers for
the lesser evil are simply not there.
There are two third-party candidates on the New York
State ballot that are worth our principled support.
Michael Peroutka, www.peroutka2004.com , the
Constitution Party candidate and Michael Badnarik,
http://badnarik.org , the Libertarian Party nominee are
on the ballot in New York. Both parties worked hard to
get the necessary independent nominating petitions
signed in order to qualify to be on the state ballot.
Both parties convened their own conventions without any
taxpayer dollars. Their prospective grassroots activists
pounded the pavement in order to field their candidates
in as many states as possible knowing full well that
they would be a mere blip on the political radar screen
amongst the congested Republican and Democratic mafia
People I know ask me my opinion about the election. I
tell them, "I'm not going to vote for him but I hope
George W. Bush wins." Yes, I'm again stuck in the middle
of the two evils. I know my third-party choice cannot
win right now, won't even come close. But I'm
comfortable with my decision to vote on principle
because I live in a state that will almost certainly
vote for more evil. I guess I would have a different
opinion if I lived in Florida or Ohio.
So if you're an old right conservative or a classical
libertarian like me struggling with the "lesser of the
two evils" dilemma during this election season, remember
a principled vote will always be the right vote even
when we know evil will prevail, because evil has no real
power and the good and just will ultimately be