War hero and scholar James Stockdale would've been the best commander in chief of all the presidential and vice-presidential candidates seeking the Oval Office in '92. Too bad he committed the cardinal sin of being bad on TV, thus ending a distinguished life as a punchline.
Nearly two decades later, has there ever been a better time for a third-party candidate? Look at the alternatives. The Democrats are feckless prisoners of self-serving special interests, while the GOP are feckless prisoners of different self-serving special interests. Neither is much interested in governance or reform, just winning. So you're left with choosing between the lesser of evils: Michael Moore or big oil? Teachers unions or pharmaceutical companies? It's a false choice, and each will send America down the road to ruin.
Obviously we don't want to re-live the Perot experience (though I cast my first ballot for that crazy bastard, and I'm not yet regretting it), but we desperately need a better option. The ideal candidate would be McCain, but he's clearly concluded that it's easier to cozy up to the far right than to run under the banner of an untested party. Can't blame his calculus, but there's got to be a better way.
I'm convinced America is ready for another alternative. Do you know any independent thinkers who are truly satisfied with the Democrats or Republicans? If you value our democracy, then you can't be anything but disgusted over our current political framework. There's no middle ground: both parties are bankrupt, morally and ideologically.
So who's the nation's savior? Your recommendations are welcome.