Whether you lean left or right, it always seems that the danger of having “the other guy”get elected is enough to convince you to stay true to your team, and vote against the one you like the least. Finally, in 2016, the old elephant and donkey show has put the masses off their supper, and they want nothing to do with it. I certainly find it amazing that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the candidates for the job of President of the United States. It really makes me think that the job isn’t really that important, and that maybe it’s just formality at this point…
Like many Americans, I’ve been steadily losing faith in the alleged democratic process for some time now. This year, this year is it, I’m calling bullshit on the whole bag of peanuts, and I invite everyone else to do the same.
I have countless friends that complain about the process, the politicians, the corporations, and so on, but haven’t voted, not even once. I’m calling bullshit on that this year as well. Essentially, I’m trying to get everyone who never votes to get out this year and vote for a third party, any third party, and at least get them on the board.
Here are the Major Third Party Options So Far:
Photo by Matthew W. Hutchins, Harvard Law Record, creative commons
Gary Johnson (left) former Governor of New Mexico, is the Libertarian Party’s Presidential Nominee, with William Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts, as his Vice Presidential Nominee.
Photo by Gage Skidmore (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Jill Stein (2012 Green Party Candidate, likely 2016 Green Party Nominee)
A physician, activist, and active member of the Green Party, Jill Stein is the likely nominee for 2016.
Well, that’s really your only alternatives to the main two flavors that have a sno-cone’s chance in hell of getting close to even being on the debate stage with Trump and Clinton. There are others, of course. There are always others, but….
There’s the super religious, right wing American Independent Party and the Constitution Party that follows a similar blueprint. Then there’s the Reform Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Nutrition Party(wtf?), the Socialist Workers Party, even a Transhumanist Party. There are more parties, and more independents in the running, but the Green Party and Libertarian Parties are the only two likely to even register in people’s minds, much less be on their state’s ballot.
All I’m saying is, think about it. If you, like most Americans, see this election for the shit-sandwich that it is, chuck up a couple middle fingers to the establishment and vote third party. If you never go to the polls, or always find some way to avoid it, just this once go in and press some buttons for the outliers. I think it’s time to see if the damn democracy thing is even operational anymore. This is the perfect time to do such a test, and maybe make a change.