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Don't get stuck in the false paradigm that you only have two choices this election year. All fifty states have third-party candidates running for the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Most voters will also have a choice to fill their local state legislator with third-party candidates, along with voting for third party candidates seeking state judicial appointments, and running for the office of Attorney General. There will even be third-party candidates running for the office of President, giving you even more choices.

Instead of simply voting Republican or Democrat down the aisle this year, wouldn't it be better to vote for politicians that will actually benefit you, regardless of their political affiliation?

Below are 8 simple questions that will assist you in finding politicians aligned with your agenda. Our current Congress sports a 13% approval rating, don't you think it's time you took your voting skills to the next level?

Freedom or Oppression?

  • If you love having your rights stripped away, being treated like a criminal, preyed upon by an industrial-prison complex and police state, and want to be ruled by a perverse oligarch; then vote for Republicans, Democrats, Neo-Con Libertarians, and some Tea Party members.
  • If however, you respect the natural rights of man, for all women and men equally, live your life by principles, not by punitive laws, and choose to be a free human on planet earth; then vote for Libertarians, Egalitarians, most Progressives, and Green Party members.

War or Peace?

  • If you love war, war's of choice, and the enormous costs, paid with your coerced tax dollars; then vote for Democrats and Republicans.
  • If you are for peace, but want to defend yourself if attacked; then vote for Libertarians, Goldwater Conservatives, most Progressives, Tea Party members, and most Independent candidates.
  • If you are a pacifist, and a conscientious objector to violence, like me; then vote for Green Party members.

Free Markets or Restrained Markets?

  • If you love cronie-capitalism, gigantic wealth disparities, tax payer backed corporate welfare, and government control of prices; then vote for Republicans and Democrats.
  • If you like the status-quo when things are going well, but want less government interference with our markets; then vote for most Independents, Goldwater Conservatives, and most Progressives.
  • If you like totally free markets, without any government interference, or seek free markets with extremely limited government interference; then vote for Libertarians, Green Party members, and Tea Party members.

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Wage Labor or Self-Owned Labor?

  • If having your minimal worth dictated by the state suits you, and you enjoy working harder for less, and support the need and sustentation of a Welfare state; then vote for Republicans or Democrats.
  • If you are sick of the collective theft of our wealth from labor, and would rather have your worth respected, have a voice in how the profits you generate get spent; then vote for Libertarian Socialists, Egalitarians, Progressives, Green Party members, and some classical Libertarians.

Old Energy or New Energy?

  • If you love breathing in filthy air, rewarding demented backwards civilizations that demean women, along with the poisoning of our oceans, drinking water and soil; then vote for Republicans or Democrats, and some Anarcho-Capitalist Libertarians.
  • If you think we need to cut back on carbon-based pollution, and develop clean, renewable forms of energy; then vote for Green Party members, Progressives, most Independents, Libertarian Socialists, Egalitarians, Green Libertarians, and Goldwater Conservatives.

Public or Private?

  • If you believe schools, hospitals, infrastructure, and the military should all be government operated, and financed by public taxes; then vote for Democrats, Progressives, Egalitarians, some Independents, and most of the Green Party.
  • If you would rather have all privately supplied schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, but still have a public military, with the use of tax funds to subsidize low-income families so they can access basic forms of education and health services; then vote for Republicans, Anarcho-Capitalists and NeoCon Libertarians.
  • If you rather not have any public services outside of a military; then vote for Libertarians.

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Bigger or Smaller?

  • Do you like big, bloated government, negatively impacting your life on a daily basis, filled with corporate captured regulators robbing our Treasury of tax resources? If so, then vote for Republicans and Democrats.
  • If you think government is necessary, but should be limited and benevolent to the citizens it serves; then vote for Progressives, Independents, Egalitarians, Green Party members, and most Tea Party members.
  • If you think the government is not necessary at all, and should only exist to protect our Republic; then vote for Libertarians.

Local or National?

  • If you like having an out-of-touch Federal government, hell-bent on oppressing you, telling you how you should live your life, and want a one-size-fits-all solution regardless of the communal impact; then vote for Republicans or Democrats.
  • If however you would like to keep important decisions decided on the state level, and trust your community more than Washington D.C. bureaucrats; then vote for Libertarians, Progressives, Tea Party members, Egalitarians, and Green Party candidates.

Good luck on Election Day!

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