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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Failure to Communicate: What it means to be Republican

The Carolinian - Our two-party system comes with a seemingly endless list of disappointments. I have yet to see a single electoral race, at any level of government, where I completely agreed with any candidate. The solutions don't seem possible. More third party candidates would be great, and an electoral system that actually let them compete would be even better, but, in America, them's the breaks.

Voting in this environment isn't easy. It's generally hard to participate in politics without feeling like you need a shower afterward; in a choice between the lesser of two evils, you still pick evil. We are voting for politicians, after all.

But there is an important difference between voting for a candidate and supporting a political party. In an election you are generally forced into one of three options: Democrat, Republican, or not voting. While voting for either a Dem or a Rep can be a painful process, it's better than not voting. Usually.

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