It all started with this delightful cartoon.

Lemmings do not really run off a cliff and commit mass suicide. This false idea was perpetuated at least in part by a Disney film, “White Wilderness“. After much investigation it was determined that the lemmings were not jumping, but they were pushed. It was filmed over the space of three years and for some reason the film makers thought it would be a good idea to have them plunge to their doom where they would have to swim until they get too tired and die. “Due to their association with this odd behaviour, [sic] lemming suicide is a frequently-used metaphor in reference to people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion, with potentially dangerous or fatal consequences.” Lemmings is also a sort of fun game too.

There are too many people who are not paying attention to politics and merely vote along party lines. The problem is that the parties don’t often represent what they say they represent. The Utah Republican Party has a good platform with many principles of freedom and liberty embedded within it. The problem is that too few of the elected officials actually follow the party platform. There are too many elected officials love their elected office more than they love doing the right thing.

The problem with all of this is that the voters still continue to follow the party blindly. It is very disappointing really. There are many Republicans that are not impressed that John McCain will be the nominee. It is sad that of all the talented and capable people who could run for elected office that John McCain is the best the Republican Party can come up with. Same thing goes for Obama and Clinton.

When it comes to election day, there is sometimes a strong urge to hold your nose and vote for your party because at least it is better than the alternative. Some people call it the lesser of two evils, but it is still choosing evil. Maybe another way of looking at it is calling it the evil of two lessers.

People need to quit settling for the choices we are given by our political parties. There is no requirement for people to vote for the two main candidates. There are third parties and other ways to improve the quality of the elected officials. As painful as it may be, people can vote against all of the incumbents on the ticket, or refuse to donate money to the party, or work from inside the party to change the system for the party.

Please don’t just continue to vote for candidates because you think your vote will be wasted, or because the other candidate will win, or because the party tells you to vote for them.  If people quit following the parties, they will lose power and influence.  Vote how you really feel about it.  Things will begin to change.

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