“If change is what you want, you can’t keep voting for the status quo when November rolls around,” columnist Lane Filler wrote. He contends that trying to change the Republican and Democratic parties from within doesn’t work. “You can’t influence these parties by voting for them,” he said. “You can only change the Democrats and Republicans by defeating them.” But wouldn’t voting for a third party be a waste? No, said Lane. “If everyone who abhors the coziness of politicians and big-money contributors, and the shared corruptions of the Republicans and Democrats, refused to vote for a major party, the total numbers would shock,” he argued. “And in the next election, when people saw the way the tide was pulling, they’d be even higher.”
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