Please please don't do it. Hear me out... Yes, our two-party system is a heavy cross to bear, and I would love to do away with it. It's a real shame that we are reduced to chosing between the lesser of two evils, but that is the reality of the situation we have. Let's say you have 11 people voting. 5 vote for greater evil. 4 vote for lesser evil. 2 abstain (or vote for Nader, who has no chance whatsoever of winning, so in effect they didn't vote at all). The result? More evil wins, and the two Nader voters get to feel good about themselves and say, "Well, at least I didn't vote for Bush so you can't blame me." But, if they voted for lesser evil, at least lesser evil would be in office rather than greater evil. So, the people get a more evil leader, and the less than 2% can feel good about not voting for more evil. Where's positive gain for the people in that? I can't understand how that makes sense. Who, besides yourself, does that help? Do you support the Green Party because they are activists and care for the environment and the most important things? That all sounds well and good, but try and look at it objectively and somewhat pragmatically. I agree with what the Green Party stands for, but sadly that is beside the point at this stage. Ask yourself... Is the point of being an activist feeling good about yourself or helping others? Ralph Nader has absolutely NO CHANCE of winning. Say all you want, that simple fact remains. So, what is the result of you casting a vote for him? Simply one less vote for Kerry. That's all. So, pragmatically, what you achieve by your personal "activism" is giving Bush a better chance of winning. As close as this race is turning out to be, the miniscule 1 or 2% that Nader may recieve could very well be a deciding factor. So, in an attempt to assuage your conscience by not voting for Kerry because you don't like the system, you could have to live with the fact that you helped Bush win another term. No different AT ALL than not voting, except you get the selfish pleasure of having a smug smile when you say you voted for Nader. Again, what is the point of activism, personal gratification or helping others? Why do you think that Republican groups are donating money to Nader's campaign? Not to mention, what does it say about Nader's integrity to accept the money. He knows he has no chance of winning. He knows he is basically taking votes away from Kerry, because no Green Party member would vote for Bush. He knows that the Republicans realize this so they want him to do as well as he possibly can because he is taking votes from Kerry that have no chance of going to Bush. He knows that's why they are giving him money. Knowing all this he still doesn't drop out of the race. Not for any higher ideals, because, just like you, he is effectively sacrificing his ideals for the sake of his own bull**** pride. His books and speeches may make a positive difference in people's minds and lives, but his staying in the race makes a negative difference in those same lives. Ideals are funny tricky little things. Sometimes it's not easy to tell if we are adhering to them or betraying them. They get in the way of objective and pragmatic thought. I have often been a victim of this. Do me a favor... Take a pen and paper and write down the issues that mean the most to you when it comes to who should be president. Examine each of these issues and consider where we would be if Bush were elected. Examine each of these issues and consider where we would be if Kerry were elected. Examine each of these issues and consider where we would be if you vote for Nader. Try to think of ways your issues would be helped if you give Nader another vote, rather than Kerry. Tell me, how, in any concievable way, your issues would get any help if Nader got 10% rather than 2%? Which of your specific issues does Kerry stand against? How are your issues harmed by Kerry getting into office? If you truly believe that every vote counts, and you vote for Nader than you are doing nothing but helping Bush get into office. If you don't honestly believe that every vote counts, why bother voting at all? How does your vote cast for the Green Party, who doesn't have a snowflake's chance in Hell of winning, help work towards accomplishing your ideals? Wouldn't the Green Party be helped much more by you voting for someone that is closer to your own ideals and perhaps volunteering to help them with their envrionmental efforts and lobbying so maybe they can gain more votes and actually giving them some tiny bit of hope winning the next time? I submit, that by voting for Nader, rather than Kerry, you are actually betraying your ideals. Here is a simple question that sometimes has a very complex answer, nevertheless, it is imperative to be honest and frank with yourself and answer it truthfully. What will best serve, not display or reflect, but SERVE your ideals? Vote Kerry. Thank you for your time.