From my news blog, “The Olympic Record”
In Brief: Why Third-Parties are Viable
Oft-Heard Statement: “Don’t vote for a third-party candidate because you’ll waste your vote.”
This tired statement is false, and here’s why.
The reality in the U.S. is that no vote is wasted, unless you cast it based on fear and ignorance. A great example of a fear-based vote can be seen in those voters who fall for the trap of “You have to vote for the lesser of two evils.” The Democratic Party and the Republican Party use this false mantra to stifle support for third parties by always setting up this imagined “polar opposites”, sports analogy-based fight between themselves. They repeat the false logic of “If you don’t want Clinton to win then you have to vote for Trump, or vice versa.
We must break free of this trap. Your vote is your voice. Speak up clearly.
Voting for a third-party based on best representation of your values, needs and ideals serves two main purposes.
First, your independent vote sends a strong message to our one overpowering party duo —D/R— that they do not speak for you, and you will make your own decisions by looking at all the issues and all of the parties for each election.
Second, it helps establish and build credibility for the candidate and party you choose to vote for. Always vote your conscience, because no well researched and honest vote is wasted. All votes help to render a clearer picture of reality.
K. Shawn Edgar | Goth Thinker | Cog Masher | Libtard