Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, about 1 year ago

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

  2. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year 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, about 1 year 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. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Tue Elung-Jensen

    Instead of politicians that NEED to be convicted?

  5. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    Back in 1856, a massive majority of Yankees believed slavery was morally wrong, but all the established parties said, ’It’s in the Constitution, nothing can be done, learn to live with it.’


    A new party started and got some votes. In 1860, they won the presidency and a large group in the Congress. Then the pro-slavery Southern states recalled their Congressmen and opened fire on Ft Sumpter.


    This is NOT the case today, when 65% of voters strongly support the drone program. The majority want the US military and CIA to continue to keep us safe from jihadist goatherds whom they see as days away from an attack on the US that would be worse than 9/11. There is no majority, or even a large minority, that agrees that the current parties are completely wrong. And, of the minorities who do think both of the current parties are completely wrong, the Tea group is better organised than the left.


    Hoffnungslos.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

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

  7. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, about 1 year 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.

  8. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I think a lot of people remember what happened when Nader ran for President in 2000. We are STILL dealing with the consequences…

  9. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, about 1 year 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?

  10. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 1 year ago

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

  11. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, about 1 year 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.

  12. dapperdan61

    dapperdan61 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year 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.

  13. Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe said, about 1 year ago

    Lots of people would like to see a “third party” become competitive. Few of them agree on which third party they’d like to see. There’s also the question of whether such parties are ready for prime time. I’m on an email list with several Green Party people in my area. Most of them have no concept of the need to be careful about what they say in public. I’m not talking about moderating their positions on issues. I’m talking about not losing temper or making an ass of oneself. If these particular people, at least, ever rose to prominence, they wouldn’t stay there long.

  14. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, about 1 year 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.

  15. Mark

    Mark said, about 1 year ago

    @TJDestry

    Well said!

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