In light of Howard Bluth's disgust with the presidential offerings of both major parties ("Voting is an exercise in futility," Oct.18), it is understandable that he has refused to participate in the upcoming election. However, on Nov. 6, most voters will be surprised to discover that their choice for president is not limited to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The Green Party's Jill Stein and the Libertarian's Gary Johnson are legitimate national candidates who have gained ballot access in most states and have qualified for federal matching funds. Respectively, both have articulated detailed progressive and minimalist government solutions to national problems, and maintain compelling political viewpoints that differ from their Democratic and Republican counterparts. These candidates remain relatively anonymous, however, due to their having received scant media attention and to their exclusion from participating in the national televised debates. Nor do they rely upon millions of dollars in advertising from corporate sponsors or super PACs, and must then depend upon more laborious small group or person-to-person efforts to make their positions known. It would behoove voters to learn about the Green and Libertarian candidates for president before Election Day in order to have an opportunity to endorse genuine alternatives to those offered by the status quo positions of both major parties.
Neither Ms. Stein nor Mr. Johnson are likely to be elected President. However, a vote for either probably conveys the public's most genuine sentiment toward the Democratic and Republican offerings, namely: "Neither of the above."
Irwin Fried, BaltimoreCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun