After watching a host of local news on the candidates for Governor and searching in the papers about the two main party candidates, I became increasingly angry that the mention of Michigan’s third party candidates was missing from the conversation on any local TV news station and in most newspaper articles.
Every year Michigan voters are confronted with two options that look an awful lot alike and often behave in the same manner when it comes to representing us in Washington, D.C. and doing the work us Michiganders need done here at home. Those two options are the Democratic and the Republican parties that year after year control local elections by limiting the ability of third party candidates to get on the ballot. If those third party candidates actually push through and get on the ballot, they are often outspent 100 to 1 in campaign advertisements and promotions in an attempt to bamboozle the public into not voting for the better candidate.
This year the local news outlets and news stations have centered exclusively on the Democratic candidate Virg Bernero and Republican candidate Rick Snyder for Michigan Governor, and have ignored other better suited candidates from the non-major political parties.
Both Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder come with a host of weaknesses and certain strengths, but both also represent traditional stock candidates from either party. Bernero a life long politician may be too familiar with how the game is played since he has been playing to for so long and may not want too take Michigan through the radical change it desperately needs in order to sustain and enrich it’s citizens not just corrupt public officials and big business.
Rick Snyder on the other hand was a CEO for a once-upon-a-time corporate giant named Gateway Computers. Can a millionaire CEO who hasn’t lived in the same living conditions the majority of us voters live with day in and day out like reduced wages, reduced benefits, increased hours, increased taxes, and increased prices at the stores know how to serve us? I doubt Rick Snyder can talk about living in those conditions with any kind of relevancy. I wonder if CEO Rick Snyder is of the mind like many other CEO’s that the bottom line is more important than how you earn it. Where outsourcing jobs from America is worth it for the bottom line and cheating America out of corporate taxes is worth it for the bottom line. Michigan needs a people first Governor, not a big business first, not an endless bottom line first, and not for special interest first type of governor but merely a governor for the people.
Below are some third party candidates running for Governor also in Michigan, and they are worth checking out and maybe even voting for, but you’ll never know if you don’t look, because our local media won’t invest in informing the public.
Kenneth Proctor of the Libertarian Party
Harley Mikkelson of the Green Party
Stacey Mathia of the U.S. Taxpayers Party
These three alternate candidates most likely would do a better job than either of the major party candidates, but without the support of the media, the masses of uninformed voters will either not vote or vote for the lesser of two evils, which isn’t really a vote at all. You don’t have to settle for two options in the Michigan race for Governor, this year we have five.