Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 3 years ago

    You might actually get politicians who would go for their convictions…

  2. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    What if third-party advocates grew up, learned how the system works before they try to overthrow it, and ran more credible, hard-working candidates for local and state offices rather than staking everything on running some ridiculous Don Quixote for president.

  3. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The third parties now are just one-track minds. No thinking beyond their narrow range of issues, or in some cases their ONE issue. The only hope for them is if the Republicans continue their internecine warfare, and disintegrate into two or three smaller ones. I think there is enough resiliency to eventually keep it together, however.

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    I can’t remember any cartoons done by Ted where he expressed support for the old or new Nazi Party.

  5. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    What we need is an instant runoff system where voters can indicate their second choice. In that way, people could vote for a minor party candidate without having to worry about helping a candidate they find least acceptable.

    Suppose, for example, an election includes a liberal Democrat, a conservative Republican, and a Socialist. Imagine that the Republican gets 44%, the Democrat gets 42%, and the Socialist gets 14%. Under our current system the Republican would be the winner. Under an instant runnoff system, the Socialist candidate would be eliminated and presumably a majority of Socialist voters would have made the Democrat their second choice. That would give the Democrat the election.

    Before Ima or one of the other righties accuses me of advocating a system that favors the left, I will say that it can work the other way.

    Suppose, for example, an election includes a liberal Democrat, a conservative Republican, and a Tea Party candidate. Imagine that the Democrat gets 44%, the Republican gets 42%, and the Tea Party candidate gets 14%. Under our current system the Democrat would be the winner. Under an instant runnoff system, the Tea Party candidate would be eliminated and presumably a majority of Tea Party voters would have made the Republican their second choice. That would give the Republican the election.

  6. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, over 3 years ago

    @Newenglandah

    But how does that differ from the current, where all the socialists wouldn’t waste their vote, so would just vote directly for the dem?

  7. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    It will only happen when one of the two parties dips below 25% in the polls. i.e. soon.

  8. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    @wcorvi

    It matters in that it gives a voice to people dissatisfied with the major parties. It differs also in that the Democrat would know that it was the Socialist vote that put him over the top. That might make the Democrat think twice before voting to defund Social Security or some other crackpot right-wing scheme. Also, if the Socialist vote were significant more people might vote for that candidate in the next election.

  9. dapperdan61

    dapperdan61 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve always been in favor of runoff elections. Too bad we can’t apply that system to electing a President instead of relying on the outdated electoral college.

  10. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Get rid of the electoral college. Third party candidates are beginning to do well at the local and state levels, and we even elected a third party senator here in Maine. The electoral college favors money, allowing corporate donor to focus on swing states. Don’t you think the democrats would try harder in Texas and the republicans in Washington state if they knew that EVERY vote counted? As long as the electoral college is in place, the Presidency is out of reach for third party candidates. That is, until enough can be elected to the Senate and House to make an impact.
    Stop giving money and support to the two party system, and start voting for the candidate that REALLY reflects your views. There are plenty out there if you bother to look for them.

  11. Mark

    Mark said, over 3 years ago

    @TJDestry

    Well said!

  12. Peter Chesson

    Peter Chesson GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Third party votes are not wasted if you have a modern election system such as automatic runoff as used in some parts of California, e.g. San Francisco, and has been used in Australia for near 100 years. Then you can show your support for the third party but still vote for a party that is currently electable. It also encourages major parties to bargain with third parties as their support grows. It much more democratic as minority parties have significant influence even without having candidates elected.

  13. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago

    @Newenglandah

    I like this.

  14. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    At the rate the republicans are going they are going to lose a huge amount of their supporters to Libertarians (blatant plug). IMO the Libertarians are the balance that is needed in our partisan environment today. It allows for great flexibility in social issues (personal freedom’s) that the republicans go nuts over. At the same time it supports the practice of free trade, less regulation, less government control of the people. The important thing that drew me to this group was the flexibility. There are times we fight like cats and dogs over issues before coming to a common ground, but we typically achieve that ground based on what is most beneficial for the country while endeavoring to maintain the guidance of the Constitution. Okay, that’s my political commercial for the day and I thank you for your indulgence. I rarely post my political preferences so I made up for lost time today.


    http://www.lp.org/

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    While Rall is so fond of drone cartoons, did any of you see Jeff Danziger’s cartoon today? Good statement on the subject and it’s drawn really well.


    http://www.gocomics.com/jeffdanziger

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