Dear Third Party Presidential Candidates,
You don't know me. That's OK, I don't know you either. You see, until I did some research before the California primary election, I didn't even know any non-Republican or non-Democratic candidates were in the race.
It's really a shame, too, because I don't find any candidates in the Big Two parties very inspiring, and I know I'm not alone. A lot of us aren't just undecided, we're unsatisfied with having to choose between two parties with whom we don't agree. I want to vote. Really I do. But I would like to vote my conscience instead of just voting for one candidate who is the lesser of two evils.
You see, all three of the candidates that have a shot at winning the presidency have major flaws and major opposition. Some people see a McCain presidency as an extension of the eight years of Bush. Hillary and Obama haven't even won over a majority of the voters in their own party, let alone the general populace.
Remember in 1992 when that outspoken maverick Ross Perot entered the presidential race? Some folks thought he was a genius. Some folks thought he was crazy. At least we all knew he was there. He didn't sit there like a potted plant. He demanded attention and he wanted everyone to know that he was in the contest. We knew that we didn't have to settle for either of the Big Two if we didn't want to. That's what I need from you. I need you to announce that I do have options. OK, so maybe a third party still won't win more than 5% of the vote, but every journey begins with a single step. At least we would know you exist. How can I cast a vote for a non-existent candidate?
So, allow me, a humble voter, to give you this impassioned plea. Step forward. Tell us who you are. That could be part of your campaign. You could wear one of those stickers that says "HELLO, MY NAME IS" with not only your name, but also your party. So, whether you're Green, Libertarian, Reform, American Independent, or even a member of the Peace and Freedom party, introduce yourself. Let me know who you are and a little about yourself. I'll start. Hello, my name is Gary and I don't know who will get my vote.