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In Distraction 2004

October 02, 2004

An Open Letter to VotePair

As I am certain we agree, the 2004 election is a turning point in human history. Strategic voting is not merely a good idea. It is the only way to build progressive movements in this country.

Therefore, we must insist that you offer a simple disclaimer on your website to ensure that all of your visitors understand that your content is satirical, and that you are by no means encouraging progressives to vote for John Kerry in contested states. We at ReverseVoteSwap.org appreciate good satire as much as any, and are saddened by the fact that we must make this request. However, in this politically charged election season, we cannot afford to be too careful. We would hate, for instance, for young voters participating in their first election to fall under the false impression that John Kerry supports the progressive agenda. Surely we do not have to point out to you the damage that would assuredly be done to progressive movements if they were aligned with a pro-war, pro-corporate, anti-worker, anti-gay, anti-woman candidate.

Again, we wish to emphasize that we do indeed have a sense of humor, and appreciate your website. A simple disclaimer explaining the satire to all viewers and reminding them of the importance of voting for Ralph Nader would not detract from the overall impact of your website and would go far to prevent confusion. You might also include a link to ReverseVoteSwap.org for those who honestly wish to participate in strategic voting. Certainly we can agree that in this important election, the last thing we want to see is John Kerry's egomaniacal vanity campaign and its Republican supporters steal progressive votes.

Thank you for your prompt assistance in this matter,

Posted by convener at October 2, 2004 05:59 PM