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Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Let's just imagine that some Millenials actually agree with Gary Johnson's smaller-government, pro-individual liberty, non-interventionist views. Then the argument boils down to the wasted-vote theory so let me respond to that:

During the first half of the 1900's Socialist Party presidential candidate Normas Thomas ran multiple times and never came close to winning. However, he accomplished huge changes in government policy by demonstrating a measure of solid support each election for his radical ideas, so both the Democrats and Republicans adopted several of his more popular platform planks, prominently among them Social Security and a progressive income tax. His ideas would have been ignored if only a few people voted for him but he attracted enough of the vote to be coveted by the other two parties. Thus voters for a candidate who would never come close to winning turned out to have a very powerful vote indeed, a vote that, in terms of policy change, would have been completely wasted had they given it to the Democrat or Republican candidate.

My argument is not to condone Thomas or his ideas, which most Americans favor today, but to say that third party candidates can have an impact far beyond winning and losing in electoral politics. Do you really think for a moment that if Johnson wins 10% of the vote that the Republican and Democratic nominee of 2020 will ignore that block of voters as unreachable? The Hell they will! They will angle for those voters by trying to appeal to the values they expressed in voting for Gary Johnson.

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jim McClarin on 11/02/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Restaurant Merry-Go-Round at 403 West Rosemary Comes to a Strong Stop at Northside District

What are your credentials? Are you a chef? A sommelier? How are you qualified to review anything?
Is the Indy so poor and desperate that it hires anyone who likes to eat off the street as a food "expert"?

2 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by aaaaaaa on 11/02/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “RIP Paul Luebke, a Progressive Icon

Wonderful article about a wonderful man.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by dianesowo on 11/02/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum

I am not an expert & this is difficult to research--I'm not certain whether the additional half-cent would apply to grocery items. I am fairly sure, however, that the General Assembly does not allow local governments to levy taxes on luxury items.

My understanding is that the restrictions created by the current majority allow a raise in the local sales tax across the board (which, again, might or might not apply to grocery items) within very strict parameters, & do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least).

Posted by khoragos on 11/02/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

This looks like an article showing why people should vote for Johnson despite the feeble attempt to link him to HB2 and McCrory. We could use a healthy skepticism of an over-reaching Federal Govt. Johnson/Weld would institute a multi-party administration (Dems, Reps, and Independents) which might, for once make some progress on key issues, certainly more than we have seen. The Ds and Rs just want to fight. It's time to start fixing.

Johnson is the only one advocating Term Limits for Congress to start reducing the influence of special interest lobbyists. Johnson is the only one committed to balancing the budget and begin addressing the Federal Debt. These are key issues to anyone in their 20s, 30s or even 40s. People with these concerns could never bring themselves to vote for Clinton, and certainly not for Trump.

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by djberryann on 11/02/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “RIP Paul Luebke, a Progressive Icon

Thanks for this great article about Paul.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Carol Teal on 11/02/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I've never lived in a house built more recently than 1976, so I have no personal experience with HOAs. I do know, however, that several of my neighbors told me they chose to buy a home in our neighborhood specifically because it does not have an HOA, so I guess they have had bad experiences of them.

Posted by David 1 on 11/02/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Red for Cure: A Forum on Black Women & HIV Cure

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Posted by Caroline Myers on 11/02/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Red for Cure: A Forum on Black Women & HIV Cure

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Posted by chris rock on 11/02/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

"No" would have been more accurate and succinct.

3 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by raleighispcool on 11/02/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Millennials:

1) Are tired of an interventionist foreign policy
2) Believe the Drug War is idiotic and unwinnable, and that locking up mass numbers of people of color for non-violent crimes is a TERRIBLE idea that has been long championed by your Democratic nominee.
3) Remember that the Democratic party was explicitly homophobic just 20 year ago. Look at DOMA voting records in Congress. Look at the president who signed it into law.

Some Remember this track record of establishment Democrats. That is why so many young people have fled to Mr. Johnson. In various polls of millennials he has been tied with Hillary, which is why the H-> machine has spent so much effort discrediting him with the goal of getting millennials back in line. The thing about millennials, they don't like to be told what to do. This is a real problem for the Democrats.

23 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by tkraw23 on 11/02/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

Why any home buyer would voluntarily want another layer of bureaucratic control upon them, by buying into an HOA....just say NO to HOA's....

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael Gary on 11/01/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Wake County Judge Michael Denning: 'China Wouldn't Be So Bad If It Weren't for All the Chinese'

Chris Malone tweeted his support of Judge Michael Denning. This is the same Chris Malone who voted for HB2 and defended the horrible bill. Judge Michael Denning is a huge supporter of HB2 and Judge Denning is a big supporter of McCrory. Vote for Becky Holt for Superior Court Judge District 10C. Judge Michael Denning should not be a Judge. He is corrupt. His campaign was also fined for Prohibited Campaign forfeiture.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Voting4Change on 11/01/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Dan Blue III

Where are the rest of his answers? This is the shortest questionairre I have seen on Indy and much shorter than his opponent, Folwell.

Posted by Emily Sink Moody on 11/01/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Will Donald Trump’s Collapse Drag Down These Five N.C. Republicans?

I hope every single one of them loses.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kitty Hegemann on 11/01/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Richard Burr Has Gone Full Trump

During the American Civil War and through Reconstruction, people like many in today's Republican were called the Radical Republicans. Today's Republicans are not conservative (What exactly are they trying to conserve?), however, you can call the Radical Republicans.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kitty Hegemann on 11/01/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Mind the Food Gap: Who Does Farm-to-Table Serve?

The author of this article appears to have concerns about food security for those who are the most at risk for unhealthy food. I share his concern. While I applaud those who raise organic fruits, nuts, and vegetables as well as pastured animals for human consumption, the cost for those products are prohibitive when it comes to those who are at, below, or just above the poverty level. This is hope. I suggest those of your readers and those who write for or are involved in Indie/Week go to the YES! magazine website. They have had many success stories about food security over the years. One example is: http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/boston-s-emerging-food-economy

You can also do a search for city farming, urban food crops, or city food coops to name a few. Like I stated, they have been involved in solving food insecurity for many years. Why try to reinvent the wheel?

Another site that might be of interest in On the Commons: http://www.onthecommons.org/

There is no reason that the people central NC can't have their own style of making sure all people have food security, and it is well within the limited financial capacity of many among us.

Posted by Kitty Hegemann on 11/01/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “66 Reasons Not to Vote for Pat McCrory

McCory is the worst governor NC has ever had.....This chump needs to go...He is not a leader he is a follower he does what he is told by his sponsors.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tony Dockery on 10/31/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Another Solis Apartment Complex Planned for Brightleaf ... About a Mile Away From Current Complex

Who are the people currently staying at the first Solis????? And why????????

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by fish sauce on 10/30/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The INDY's Voting Guide

Yes, can you please explain the endorsement of Marty Miller. His Facebook page consists of reposts of everything that is wrong with America right now. He is reposting Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and all of the other GOP lies. Please explain this endorsement.

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RDUVoter on 10/29/2016 at 8:41 PM

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