Posted by: illinigirl | October 21, 2008

None of the above

So I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. . . I’m voting none of the above in the election.  I still have no clue what I’m doing.  One one hand, I’ve got O bama–I have no clue what he stands for or what his plan is, and I disagree with a few tenets of the party. . . . and I have McC ain–NO way I’m choosing him for several reasons, and I have have strong disagreements with some of the party tenets.

What’s a girl to do?

Well, this two-party system isn’t doing it for me. . . so I’ve decided to do some research on some of the other parties listed. . . and give a brief summary in my own words. 

Prohibition Party–‘Nough said.  This party will put me out of a job AND goes against my love of access to an occasional drink.  This one is out.

Constitution Party–They are advocates of government reflecting the Constitution (no surprise there).  They would replace the income tax system with tariffs and excise taxes. . . and minimize federal control.  Not really sure how all of this would work.

Libertarian Party–Reminds me of “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire.  Very, very little government control.  Against laws against victimless crimes (yay, for those into prostitution and drugs!). . .

Socialist Parties–There are like 3-4 of them, and I can’t differentiate between them without boring myself and/or you.

Boston Tea Party–Yes, I’m serious.  It was founded in 2006 by libertarianesque people that didn’t like the direction of the Libertarian Party. . . and believes in little government involvement, as well.

Green Party–All about peace, love, and recyclying. . . generally.

Objectivist Party–This party looks at the philosophy of Ayn Rand. . . which I never understood.  I tried to read “Atlas Shrugged,” but I didn’t “get” it and had to keep looking at the philosophy to try to understand what I was reading.  It was just too much work.  I’m sure I’m not deep enough for this party.

Reform Party–Founded by Ross Perot and was also Jesse Ventura’s party.  Focused mainly on fiscal goals while leaving social issues up in the air.  They are trying to include more voters by not going one single direction.  While I like the concept of fiscal responsibility, I’m not sure I can go with a big question mark for everything else.

So after doing this research and looking up some independent candidates with no party that are on the Texas ballet. . . I am still. . .



*All info was obtained from wikipedia. . . and this page specifically, which is pretty flipping cool!



  1. you did do your research. i don’t think i’ve ever heard of the boston tea party or the objectivist party. you learn new things every day.

  2. Great post! It is so nice to see that someone else is doing their homework and not making their voting decisions based on oratory skills, how pretty one looks on bogus TV ad, or how old a candidate is. You have done a marvelous job summing all of this up and I have to admit, even I hadn’t heard of the Boston Tea Party. Did you know that in the late 1990’s the Libertarian’s, in an attempt to get enough of a party together to get on the ballot, was pushing fellow Libertarians to move to NH and even tried funding some of that with small business startups. I believe we still have the largest # of Libertarians in the country…

    I’m thinking of writing in Anne Coulter for Pres. Her latest book rocks… (really, I just like getting a rise out of people at the airport when I’m reading it)…

  3. It is great you are doing you research about the different candidates. But the United State of American has a two party system. For more information please read:

    This means that unless you vote for one of the two major parties you will not have a direct effect on the election, just some information to keep in mind when considering whom you are voting for during this year election cycle. Both of the major party candidates have very different plans for America, and the majority of people don’t agree on every key principle of a party or candidate. Pick the person you think stands more inline with your core principles.

  4. LL, of course I understand how the two-party system works. . . and I know not every party is one-size-fits-all. . . but I have issues with both equally. . . well, probably am more alligned with dems, but I struggle with voting for someone when I honestly don’t know what his plan is. He talks a good talk, but I don’t know what he’s really saying.

    With the republican side, I am in agreement on a few things. . . but not in agreement enough to vote for someone that made such a poor choice right out of the gate in his V.P. selection (among other things). I used to be disappointed. . . but the more I think about it, it makes me more angry than anything. There are so many incredibly intelligent and well-informed women in the world. . . and this is who we are putting out there as a role model? Thanks for doing women a huge disservice.

    I’m not going to just vote for a party. . . I’m going to also look at the people, who also don’t impress me.

    Yeah, you could say that I’m “wasting” my vote, but I am not going to vote for someone I don’t believe in.

    BUT. . . that being said. . . I still don’t know what I’m going to do. . . and I’m probably not going to post on here what I do. . . I think you all understand that I’m completely torn and probably won’t be happy with whatever decision I make.

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