by Charles S. Garabedian
I have one key concern about next Tuesday’s election, and it is related to pre-election polling. My favorite polling analysis site is Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website. I have been looking at some of the pre-election polling off and on across the past week, and it is very close in many races, especially in the U.S. Senate races. I would guess that the statistics in some races will close even tighter by Tuesday morning when voting begins nationally. Why am I so concerned?
Well, in many races, one or more of the assorted Independent parties have candidates on the ballot across the nation. Depending on where you are located, geographically in terms of states and Congressional Districts, votes for Independent party candidates may suck up 1.5 to 5 percent of the total vote. Therefore, I am just going to say it out loud, and you can take it at face value because none of the mainstream media folks are talking about it. With numerous races so very tight, that small percentage of Independent party votes could throw the entire election one way or another.
Neither Republican candidates nor Democratic candidates will get those small percentages of votes as matters stand now. Because of this, the thing I most fear is that any vote made for an Independent candidate will turn out in the end to have been a direct vote for Trump and the Republican candidates that Trump supports. So, if you are a member in one of the numerous Independent parties, like the one where Ralph Nader always runs for President of the United States, and your goal is to get some action on global warming or some other similar issue, your Independent vote will be, functionally speaking, an indirect vote for Trump—and absolutely nothing will get done about global warming or any of your other key issues.
Therefore, I am going to make this rare appeal only one time. Just because the races are so very tight, I think changing your vote to a Democratic Party candidate rather than an Independent party candidate will put a check on Trump and thereby help do the most good for your key issues of concern—if your issues are liberal or progressive in nature.
Please give it some thought——-because——if Trump spends another unchecked two years or six years in office, your key issues are going to get crucified and totally undone—probably beyond the ability of anyone to resurrect them and do anything good about them. For example, we are nearly beyond the point of no return on man-induced global warming. Some climate scientists even say we have already made a step beyond that critical point in time. A vote for someone like Ralph Nader or another similar Independent party candidate, instead of a Democrat, could prove disastrous in the end—if Trump is still at the steering wheel of our national bus and goes unchecked by a Democratic and Independent U.S. Congress in 2020, 2022, or 2024.
You may not have thought about that much until now, but it is a very real concern. I had not really thought about it that much until just a few minutes ago. Please give it some serious thought if you are really that concerned about Trump and how he would affect your key issues of concern. If Trump is not checked by both Democrats and Independents like Bernie Sanders (and me) in the U.S. House of Representatives and/or the U.S. Senate, it could be disastrous for all of us. Please consider changing your Independent party vote just this one time to save your country. Thanks!!!