Not every registered voter in the United States is satisfied with the current status quo, as it relates to potential Presidential candidates for the upcoming 2008 election. Having listened in on a number of random conversations about candidates from both the Democratic and Republican side, I can tell you that the folks I heard were none too happy with anybody from either camp. They were viewed largely as ineffective, self-serving and so much into partisan politics and catering to well-heeled special interest groups that they had lost touch with the people who put them into office.
So, what options does one have when you still want to perform your civic duty to vote, but, at the same time, you are dissatisfied with both political parties?
It may interest you to know that you could indeed have optional candidates who want your vote, although these are individuals from lesser-known third parties who do not garner much attention from the media, other than on occasional curious glance. Having done a little research on them, however, I have discovered many of thom to be quite a colorful lot
Should you want to further investigate who else wants to be the next President of our country, take a look at six candidates who are presently working to become the Presidential nominees for their parties:
California chiropractor Don Grundman has a particular hatred of the Federal Reserve System and the IRS, which he roundly criticizes. He also strongly opposes such things as gay marriage, part of what he describes as a “gay agenda”. This is not his first time throwing his hat into the ring and he has even managed to get a little more publicity lately, although, realistically, he seems to be no serious threat to anyone from the traditional two-party system.
To find out more about his platform, you can visit his GRUNDMANN FOR PRESIDENT – Take the Red Pill: TruthUSA.org website.
Diane Beall Templin
Diane beall Templin, an attorney, is also from California. The 60-year-old is as staunchly conservative as her fellow party candidate Don Grundman. She ran for President previously in 1996 and 2004 also, as well as running for the office of California’s State Attorney General in both 1998 and 2002. She views herself as representing the traditional values of most conservative Americans and supports similar opinions to Grundman’s, such as opposition to abortion, personal income tax and gay marriage.
I could not find a current website for her, but there is an old website still up from when she was running for California Attorney General, Voter Information for Diane Beall ,Templin, which will give you info on what her general political opinions are.
Elaine Brown has led quite a life. Formerly the chair of the Black Panther Party, the Philly-born Brown is an author, a vocal prison activist and singer. She lived, for seven years in France and then returned to the U.S., becoming a resident of the state of Georgia. She is an uncompromising and passionately opinionated person, presently running to become the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for President, although her very radical political views would probably alienate her from many voters.
To learn more about her and get a feel for what her philosophy is, visit the Elaine Brown Official Website.
Kent Mesplay, California-based biochemical engineer and the son of missionaries, also ran for the Presidential nomination under the Green Party in 2004, though he was edged out by David Cobb. His success rate has been pretty dismal in other political races, as well, as he lost his party’s nomination to run for the U.S. Senate back in 2006. He is again hoping this time around to get his party’s nomination to run for the office of President. He stands quite firmly on environmental issues and champions gay marriage and abortion.
To learn more about what his stands are, you can go to his Kent Mesplay.for President website.
Steve Kubby, running for his party’s nomination for President, may be best remembered for his part in getting 1996’s California’s Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana use, passed. A cancer patient for years, Kubby used marijuana to help ease pain and symptoms and strongly advocated that all Californians have the right to use cannibus without being considered criminals, although patients must have a valid recommendation from a licensed physician. Kubby has faced legal problems for growing cannibus and peyote at his home. While California may have passed Proposition 215, the federal government has continued to criminalize and prosecute those who use marijuana, even for medical purposes, due to federal drug laws. For a time, Kubby went to Canada to avoid prosecution. Obviously, he is back in the U.S. now and, after serving a brief time in jail, wants to be elected as his party’s Presidential candidate. He supports such issues as the repeal of the Patriot Act, withdrawing from Iraq and an open immigration policy.
To find out more about his platform, visit his Kubby for President | Let Freedom Grow! website.
Texas-born Christine Smith, now living in Colorado, is a political activist, author and speaker, who has been involved in politics since she was in her teens. She believes in immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, gay marriage, ending government subsidies to illegal immigrants, no federally-funded support of either “pro-life” or “pro- choice” groups and more.
To find out more about where she stands on issues, visit the Christine Smith, Libertarian Candidate for President, 2008 website.
OF COURSE, THERE ARE OTHERS!
The previously-named people are just a sampling of choices you may have to vote for in 2008. There are more third parties and probably enough Presidential hopefuls to fill a large banquet hall. In fact, if you go to the website for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, you will find a listing of all potential candidates from all parties, ready for your investigation.
Realistically-speaking, I think the chances of a third party candidate getting elected remain slim, currently. As disgruntled and frustrated as we may sometimes get with the two-party system, their views are more mainstream. Third party candidates tend to be more over-the-top and extreme, which causes most voters to back off.
These political hopefuls, however, are exercising their right to run for a national office and, if you find that you sincerely share some of their ideas on certain issues, you have the right to exercise your freedom to vote for them.
That’s what makes America great.