Good for you. So did I. Without regrets. But you miss the point.
A lot of good it would have done to vote for Gore then, too. Sadly, far more Florida Dems voted for W than for Nader. Besides, the election was stolen, first by Jeb then by SCOTUS, and THEN the Dems caved – each, an act of treason if you examine it closely.
They would not let Nader speak about important things such as this growing arbitration in the debates. We all lost with this. We passively accept this as "the rules." BS.
This is not about choosing from Column A or B one day every 4 years, and then not helping build solutions all the other 1459 days. That's what THEY want.
Especially if whoever wins now refuses to see, much less address the core problems, and YOU aren't even allowed to hear other views. Sounds like prison to me.
If the problems are serious – and they are – yet dismissed as non-existent by BOTH parties of the Duopoly (this arbitration, case in point), then VOTING is not & will not be enough.
Even if you feel you must vote for the lesser of two evils today, we need to spend time & energy supporting the coming together of folks to build the alternative and insist on their active participation in debates and more.
Or change will NOT happen at the polls.
WHO is now SUING to challenge the Debate Commission's control over WHO gets to speak? Libertarians and Greens, That's who. We deserve an equal playing field for all candidates that are on enough ballots to win – minimally. They have a right to be heard.
So this year, Bernie looks around, decides to run as a Dem. That party does EVERYTHING they can to ignore or silence his message, like lock in delegates, and holding few debates. Non-corporate positions are not acceptable by either duopoly party.
The support he receives from the public surprises them, and shows how very much the people long for, thirst for, other solutions. Real democracy which empowers and serves People. Now the DNC reacts almost like he is an enemy to be taken down by Hillary, their rules, or Biden.
THAT is the problem. Democracy is seen as an enemy by those on high. Only by bursting through can we ever hope to regain anything like it. The chances are slim enough.
We need TEN Naders or Sanders or Steins ... allied in a party that believes in & fights for their message.