Idaho presidential ballot looks fun
October 2, 2012
By Mike Weland
If you're an Idaho elector and you've already
voted absentee for the November 6 presidential
primary, good for you! You can skip this article
and go back to what you were doing. If you
haven't ... pay attention. You'll meet a few
people you likely didn't know.
If you haven't been paying attention, Mitt and
Barack aren't the only presidential candidates
asking for your vote, though mainstream media
hasn't told you that there are more people who
would like to become Commander in Chief.
What's important isn't so much who those others
are, but that they have qualified to have their
names included on your ballot as candidate for
this nation's highest office. What's inescapable
is that, according to the mainstream media,
votes for only two candidates will count.
The media, not the voters, have written the
other qualified candidates off, not by vote of
the people and for the people, but by strength
of omission. To the media, it's a two candidate
race. To the voters of Idaho, Mitt and Barack
are being challenged by Ross, Virgil, Gary and
As a reporter, call me stupid, I don't believe
that it's a journalist's job to tell you who to
vote for. As a publisher of news, I think it
irresponsible not to give equal credence to
every candidate on the ballot. Perhaps I'm
biased; but not one presidential candidate
News Bonners Ferry isn't here to tell you how to
vote. My job is to give you the best information
I have, to share what I'm given, so that when
you go to the polls, yours is a vote that counts
for what you believe in.
Fair elections are decided that way.
It's late, and I'm tired ... I'll spend the next
few days trying to get in touch with the losers
the mainstream media has written off. They might
have nothing to offer worth considering and
certainly not worth our vote.
Then again, maybe this might be an election the
people, and not the media, decides.
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