In Defense of Voting Third Party

“They can’t win.”

“A vote for a third party is a vote for Clinton.”

“You really only have 2 choices, so vote for the lesser of two evils.”

“Seriously, a vote for a third party is a vote for Trump!”

“They can’t have an impact on the election, that’s just reality.”

“You might as well write your vote on a piece of toilet paper and flush it down the drain.”

If you are like me and planning to vote third party for the Presidency, then you’ve probably heard every single one of these comments before. It is draining and, frankly, a ridiculous argument. In essence, it is boiling down to: If you don’t vote for my first party candidate, your vote is meaningless. It’s asinine.

First, let’s point out the fact that the current party scheme did not always exist. At one point, there was not a Democratic and a Republican Party. Our first main parties were the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, later Democratic Republicans. The Democratic Republicans eventually evolved into the Democratic Party. The Federalists eventually collapsed. Then arose the Whig Party. It also collapsed in the mid-1800s when the Republican Party rose. Party division, major national issues, these things can cause party divides and cause them to collapse and change. It has happened before and so it can happen again. Clinging to a primary party because “they’re our only options” is silly as…they’re not and have not always been.

Second, the logic most people use is cyclical. The logic goes that “A third party candidate can’t win, so why vote for them.” When asked why they can’t win, the response is, “…they’ll never get enough votes to win.” In a roundabout way the person is saying they can’t get the votes, so let’s tell others not to vote for them. You see the problem with this logic, right? They’re not competitive, don’t vote for them – but they won’t be competitive unless we vote for them…yea.

Third, the argument of voting for the lesser of two evils is an awful argument. In the end, you are still voting for an evil. Charles Spurgeon said, “Of two evils, choose neither.” If you truly feel the two primary candidates are awful or evil, look elsewhere. If you are voting for evil and you truly in your heart believe said candidate to be evil, you are part of the problem. When Ted Cruz said to vote your conscience at the RNC, Trump supporters flipped out and were on the attack. But, think for a second – if you believe that voting for your conscience means not voting for Trump, what does that say about your own conscience and what you know to be true in your heart?

Sometimes you need to accept the fact that the major party candidates are terrible and look elsewhere. In 2006, I voted third party for Attorney General in New York. The Democratic choice was Andrew Cuomo, a liberal who misplaced millions as HUD Secretary. The Republican choice was Jeanine Pirro, a liberal who’s then husband was connected to the mob and had just gotten out of prison during the campaign for tax evasion that “she knew nothing about.” I voted for Libertarian Christopher Garvey for Attorney General. I don’t regret it. In 2004, for Congress I had the choice between an alcoholic Republican accused of spousal abuse and a hardline liberal who disagreed with everything I stood for. I voted for the third party candidate who’s entire platform comprised of, “lower the beer tax.” Again, no regrets here.

For President, the two primary party choices are corrupt liberals who will say anything to get votes with the primary instinct to lie. I’m looking elsewhere and I recommend you do the same.

About the Author

Matthew Newman
Matthew Newman is an environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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