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For years and years, the American electorate has allowed politicians, the heads of both parties, the liberal and conservative mainstream media, and lawyers to lie to them about only having two choices when they go into the voting booth. But is that really true?

Remember Arlen Specter, the turncoat Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat again who provided the 60th vote for Obamacare? In the last race he actually won, the 2004 Pennsylvania senatorial  election, he won with 53 % of the vote. An under-reported result from this election was that the candidates from the arguably more conservative (albeit much smaller) Libertarian and Constitution parties got more than 5% of the vote.

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I know you are probably wondering why I brought this seemingly insignificant fact up. Well, I don’t doubt that a lot of people were pressured by their family, friends, the politicians, and the media to vote for the guy who “stood the best chance” of winning and compromised some of their principles in order to vote for Specter. (I also don’t doubt that one of the reasons he was defeated by the Democrats in the 2010 primary was because he was an opportunist and did not have any actual philosophy about government.) But how do you think the Republicans who voted for Specter in 2004 felt five years later when he changed parties for the sake of getting re-elected? Betrayed probably doesn’t even begin to describe what they felt.

Subsequently, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the people who voted for the Libertarian or Constitution candidates felt vindicated in their decision. At least they did not seem afraid to vote on principle, as this seems to be the only tangible reason why someone would risk the outright humiliation of voting for someone certain to lose the election.

I have been convinced for at least a year that there are more similarities between the two parties than there are differences. If one takes the time to see through the rhetoric of the Republicans and Democrats and look at the big picture, they will agree with me.

Take the Republicans; shrinking government is the exception to rather than the rule for them. They voted for the NDAA. They voted for the Patriot Act. They voted to increase the size and scope of Medicare with Medicare Part D. They voted for No Child Left Alone, I mean, Behind. They supported the bailouts and earmarks under President Bush’s regime. They had no problem voting to raise the debt ceiling multiple times when Bush was president, adding trillions of dollars to the national debt. They didn’t repeal Roe v. Wade when they had the presidency and the majority in Congress (and yes, they do have the ability to do so.) They still don’t recognize the detrimental impact that the Federal Reserve has on the dollar. If you consider fighting a war like the two we are fighting now (and the two in Syria and Iran we are about to launch) big government on steroids, as I do, well, you know where Republicans stand on that.

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