equality for third party

It took Germany to lose a war and massive economic annihilation, and even then, Hitler never got more than 33% of the vote.

And Germany never had a historic precedent.

What the fuck is America’s excuse?

(P.S. congrats to all the third party voters because “both were equally bad”. Yeah, you sent a wonderful message. Your spite led to this as well.)

Alright, I have to address this because it’s gotten ridiculous to the point of being harmful. I know some (or most) of you are upset that Trump might very well be our next president, and in fact I’m not that thrilled myself, but blaming an outcome, whether it happens one way or the other, on Third-Party voters is not only outrageously illogical, but also abusive and ostracizing.

Listen here; the two or three percent that you’re worried about? Yeah, the percentage that went to Gary Johnson and other Third-Party candidates? You were never guaranteed all of those votes in the first place. Some of those voters might have been originally aligned with the Democratic Party, sure, but I bet you a good percentage of those voters were former Republicans too (not to mention some of them might have never been aligned with either in the first place). If you see where I’m going with this, it means that even if you forced all Third-Party voters to recast their ballot for one of the main parties, neither Clinton nor Trump would receive all those extra votes in total (i.e. it probably wouldn’t affect the outcome nearly as much as you think it would).

And this vein of logic only works if you’re assuming that the popular train of thought “a vote for a Third-Party is a vote for Trump/Hillary!” holds any merit (which it doesn’t, by the way). A vote for Third-party is a vote for Third-Party. The people who voted Third-Party chose to vote Third-Party and were not going to be convinced to do otherwise. They aren’t “wasted” votes. By calling them “wasted” votes, you’re acting as a self-entitled person who believes that all those votes rightfully belonged to your party by default (which is stupid). These are autonomous people voting for who they most align with, which is how it’s supposed to be, by the way. You have no right to guilt-trip them into voting or believing that they should have voted against their beliefs by saying “voting A means you’re gonna have to explain to X Y and Z why they’re going to die tomorrow” or something as equally as ridiculous.  No voter, be they Republican, Democrat, or Third-Party, has any control over the person who gets elected president. Ergo you cannot pin every horrible thing that the future president may or may not do on the voters because none of us have that kind of foresight or control. Period.

Look, nothing as dire as what you’re thinking is going to happen will happen. The most drastic thing that might be within the realm of possibility is the Supreme Court repealing Roe v. Wade which I highly doubt will happen. Also, no “anti-X” laws are going to be passed because voting for a bill like that would be political suicide, and trust me, all the people currently serving in the Senate and House of Representatives actually want to get reelected (not to mention that most of them would be horrified by such a bill in the first place).

Please stop winding yourselves up. It’s not only hurting other people, but it’s hurting you as well. All of you are working yourselves up into a borderline panic attack by imagining the worst possible outcome of this election (and then you post aggressive, caustic comments about it which feed into other people’s anxieties). You need to calm. down. Which I, as a person who suffers from anxiety, know is not an easy thing to do. But you know, I know what will make the anxiety worse, and that’s dwelling on things you can’t change. If you voted, then that’s all you can do. No sense in getting angry with people you don’t even know over something that neither of you can alter at this point. So go drink some cold water, lay down for the night, and go to sleep or watch TV or do something else besides watch the election results. Please.

And to those who voted Third-Party, I want you to know that you stood by what you believed in and stood in a long-as-heck line to do what you thought was best for your country, which is all anyone can ask of you. Please do not feel any guilt over your vote. I’m proud of you.

“My mind went white and even now the reality hasn’t sunk in” - Masahiro Sakurai

In a recent article in Famitsu, most notably, in Sakurai’s column, Sakurai-san talks about the passing of Satoru Iwata:  

Posted by Kotaku, he summarises his ‘best superior’ and ‘a man who understood me better than anyone’ in five sentences, elaborating his reasons further.

He was a man of virtue.  

“Where a normal person would get annoyed or angry, he would never show such emotions and would instead analyze, organize, and offer ideas. He was someone who could bow his head and apologize for things that weren’t his fault. I often worried about his stress levels, but he always talked with a smile.”

He had a brilliant mind. 

“Even when people would talk at length or without focus he was able to quickly say, “so, what you’re trying to say is…” and quickly summarize their point. He was able to see to the heart of people and things and was a master of simplifying them so that anyone could understand their point. He could immediately make a call on changes to improve. I have no doubt that many people were saved by this quality.”

He was a man of effort.

“Even though he didn’t start out in the managing field, he read numerous management books, he would ask for advice from the necessary people that he would take to heart, and managed to become the president of Nintendo. What he gained from his years as a programmer allowed him to take many long-term projects to successful fruition.”

He was open and generous. 

“Things like his Iwata Asks, and Nintendo Direct weren’t things that necessarily required the president of Nintendo to stand at the front and do. There was always the risk of frivolous criticism. And yet, by being the spokesperson, I believe he showed the importance of properly conveying a message to his audience.”

He was empathetic. 

“After he became the president of Nintendo, he would write emails to all employees to communicate and as hard as it was, took a stance to try to treat everyone as equals. He would often ask third parties to see how people were doing. As an individual, he had no self-righteous qualities.”

Sakurai then goes onto recall his last past memory with Mr Iwata. 

Sakurai was a really close person to Iwata, as noted from this article. As you may know, Sakurai was mentored under Iwata back in the HAL days. They both also formed the basis of the game ‘Super Smash Bros.’. Iwata also approached Sakurai in 2006 to make Brawl and later on, to direct Kid Icarus: Uprising

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anonymous asked:

Do you believe third-party to voters handed the election to trump?

No, not exactly. Third party voters tend to pull roughly equally from both sides as far as we know and have been able to measure. But overall we can’t actually know for sure how many of those voters might’ve gone one way or the other (or not voted at all) if the two major party candidates were their only options.

So it is not so much that a third-party vote is a vote for the “bad candidate” (whoever you perceive that to be), it’s that a third-party vote is effectively neutral. And in an election like this where every vote matters (especially in the swing states), a neutral vote is essentially tossing away a vote as far as its potential effect on the outcome goes—no matter how much you fervently believe in the choice you made in terms of your own conscience and what you believe is best for the country. I voted for Bernie in the primary partly because I had good reason to believe that my vote wouldn’t make a difference in terms of the state I live in, and I wanted to vote my conscience. However: had I lived in a more key state? I probably wouldn’t have voted for him although now I’m wondering if he might’ve been able to pull out a win, considering what’s going on in Wisconsin.

Soooooo, I completely understand and I do empathize with why casting a vote for such reasons is very important to many many many people, but the fact of the matter is that most of those people (most likely, but absolutely not always) don’t understand (or simply haven’t been taught about) the reality of the math + aggregate voter behavior trends—and in many cases they don’t understand that a first past the post voting system means that a third-party candidate is effectively unviable within the framework of our system as it is written no matter how much you hope and believe. Hell, most people (regardless of how they vote) don’t even know what “first past the post” means to begin with.

So while I do understand the desire to vote one’s conscience, I also believe that there is a level of practicality that third-party voters simply do not ascribe to—and that’s just how human beings are. There are human beings in this world who choose personal beliefs over practicality and I don’t know that it’s necessarily fair to fault or demonize them for that on a grand scale even though I think it IS fair to inject reality about the fact that a third party vote is effectively not voting at all when it comes to the math (most of the time). Sometimes elections are at least partly decided by people who believe that voting their conscience is more important than casting a vote that has an effect within the framework of our system as written.

For me personally there was no third-party candidate in 2016 that I would’ve voted for over Hillary, but even if there was one wouldn’t have voted for them in the general if I lived in a swing state—and that is 100% down to the fact that I am extremely practical about how our system works on a realistic level. But do I understand why people would effectively throw away their vote in order to cast one that assuages their conscience? Absolutely. And that right there is a reality of democracy that I think people should acknowledge more than they do even if I personally think it’s not a wise choice when an election really matters. Also, while I wish we had a more proportional system rather than the one we have because I do think third parties should be represented and the truth of the matter is that they aren’t and they should be…that’s not the system we have.

I believe that a lot of this is down to flaws in the U.S. educational system. We teach people from a very young age that they should vote their conscience and vote what they believe in regardless of the practical effects of those decisions, we teach them that voting what you believe is the best thing you can possibly do and in an ideal world that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but we do not teach the mathematical consequences of that in terms of how our electoral system actually functions due to the rules it operates under. The uncomfortable truth is that we cannot fix this without amending or completely rewriting the rules aka the constitution, which so many people venerate to the degree of treating it like a commandment written in stone from a deity. And even if people who vote third-party support a change to the system as written (and let’s face it if anybody does, it’s them)…amending the constitution is extremely difficult anymore. This is the system we have. And within the framework of the system we have, a third-party vote is (in many cases) effectively not voting at all, and that makes a bigger difference in a swing state versus a solid red or blue state.

So does that mean an election like this is all the fault of third party voters? No, not really. You cannot pin this 100% on third-party voters. I think that’s oversimplifying it. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people in this country voted for a butt zit over a qualified woman. Was third party voting a factor in some key states? Probably definitely, and I do believe it is fair to point that out. Was this “all their fault” across the board though? Probably definitely not. Third party voting is only one piece in a much larger puzzle.

And that’s just math.

honestly one of my least favorite things about this election is how much we as young people have to care, like i should be more carefree at this age but america has decided to fuck up and let this failed businessman who hates everyone but straight white men run and have a legitimate chance and now this affects all of us: me as an lgbt woman and so many other people much worse. the people who can hate both candidates, think they’re equally bad and vote third party (which would give trump the election), they’re so privileged, because we all know whats gonna happen to the rights of women, lgbt people, people of color, disabled people, poor people, etc. if trump gets elected and if people can disregard that fuck them

Oz Govt blocks marriage equality conscience vote

“After hours of debate, two thirds of the Coalition party room have spoken in favour of maintaining the status quo and not allowing a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.” - ABC News website

As expected, the Coalition Federal government of Australia has shown they are probably the most backward, anti-humanitarian, regressive force in Australian political history, with embarrassingly laughable social, economic and environmental policies, which continue to humiliate the nation on the world political stage.

The next election cannot come soon enough.