Now that the primary season is over, we can get started on the general election. The two key races are for Senator and Governor.
We have three candidates in each: a Democrat, a Republican and a Libertarian. In the past, the Libertarian
candidates have had little impact but that may not be the case this year. The pundits are suggesting that both races may be tight and any significant vote for the Libertarian might force a runoff which would push the final vote into January
In the past, Libertarians seldom achieved more than three percent. One reason is their strong support for the legalization of recreational drugs but support for marijuana is sweeping the nation. Ultra conservative Congressman Paul Broun is now calling national legalization of the substance. So, the Libertarian’s key issue is gaining ground
In the Senate race, Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, is the Democratic candidate while David Perdue, cousin of former Governor Sonny Perdue is the Republican candidate. The Libertarian candidate is Amanda Swafford.
Swafford is the only one of the three to ever run for public office. She was elected to the Flowery Branch City Council. She supports the fair tax and supports the Second Amendment.
Nathan Deal is seeking reelection as Governor on the Republican ticket. His Democrat opponent is Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. He currently serves in the Georgia Senate. They are being opposed by Libertarian Andrew Hunt. He has a PhD in nanotechnology from Georgia Tech and heads his own business. His parents ran the state’s first Montessori school and he makes school change the centerpiece of his campaign. He says that all schools, public and private, should have freedom to make any changes they think will improve their performance
Other Libertarian candidates who will appear on the ballot in Madison County are Aaron Givens, Public Service Commission District 4, John Monds, District 1, PSC, and Ted Metz, Insurance Commissioner.
As I said, these Libertarians have little chance of being elected. But this year they may find enough votes to force at least one run off or perhaps force the major media to notice them.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
It has for such a long time befuddled me why we keep voting for the same parties and rhetoric.
We continue to do the same thing over and over every time expecting different results . No wonder we get called crazy by many in our country and abroad .
I personally have never bought the lies and have quite often voted for the libertarian candidate when I knew neither of the other two establishment parties could or even would produce a candidate favorable to the people and beholding truly to the rule of law "The Constitution Of The United States".
IF the candidate is poorly funded or shown bias by the media . That is the candidate that
I would most likely favor or vote for .
My reason being is because big money and the establishment parties will promote the candidate of their own choosing in order to continue business as usual . For themselves not the people or the country .
So do not once again buy the propaganda of you will be throwing your vote away! Stop being led and make your own decision . Also be willing to except the consequences.
Libertarian's at least deserve the chance to prove themselves by action rather than be denied because of lies .
May God bless us and have mercy on us all !
Right on, Richard. Unfortunately, as you pointed out, the media has too much control over who gets noticed during election periods. Part of the blame is the voters, who rely on said media to give them their knowledge rather than researching candidates themselves. It gets tiresome to listen to all the Republican vs. Democrat banter. I believe a decent amount of voters, especially the younger generation, think there are only two parties. You have those who support one side who are slinging mud at the other (and vice versa), using phrases like "sheep" and "kool aid drinker" to describe the other when both sides are being led by their leaders like blind sheep and being played like a fiddle. I would love to see a Libertarian president but as long as people let the media influence their thoughts and opinions, voting along a certain party line just because they want to identify themselves as an (R) or a (D), then we will continue to fall.
Well said by both Fox and Wolfe! I'm not sure Libertarian is the way to go, but the Rs and Ds are bought and owned by special interests as is our entire media machine. Best to not consume any news from any source.
The alternative is beyond most people's time or ability, though. So that leaves us pretty much nowhere, which might be just as well for all the current media does for us. They have effectively silenced the voices of the American people, at least until we find the time and skills to ferret out the truth without bias. I have no clue where that would be, maybe National Public Radio/public television, even the BBC.
We can at least stop doing what we have been doing and try anything different, anything at all. And start thinking outside our dimwitted boxes. We are about to lose this country over lack of critical thinking or any thinking at all. The best I've been able to do is to vote for the lesser of two evils in order to make my vote count. I've come to the point now that I may just "waste" my vote on a third option.
That's just the trap we have all been led to.
You are not throwing your vote away if you truly believe in what you are voting for .
If the silent majority were to just once make a clear vote to try something other than what we have been accustom to you might be surprised.