I’ve often heard a simple argument about voting for a third party, and I’d like to take some time to address that, in more than one way.
The argument usually is like this:
“I don’t want to waste my vote on a third party with no chance of winning.”
This is a common objection I hear to voting for a third party candidate like Gary Johnson. I find issue with it though, in a few areas.
#1: Third Parties Have Won
There was once a party called the Whig Party. Eventually, the Whig Party kicked the bucket, after a third party had finally beaten them into irrelevance. That third party’s name was the Republican Party.
#2: Muh Fear Mongering
Saying that a third party has no chance is not exactly a good line of reasoning to go with, especially with this election, and how nothing seems normal. Neither of the two major party candidates is really satisfying the members of their party, or the general electorate. Most (around 99%) of people know who Trump and Clinton are. Yet, many do not know who Gary Johnson is, and there is still several months to the election. With access to debates, higher poll numbers, and probably the biggest Libertarian campaign in the party’s history at foot, I’d expect Gary to be quite competitive for the White House.
#3: The Current Two Party’s Nominees
If your argument is that Trump will be worse than Hillary, or that Hillary will be worse than Trump, I’m here to tell you that they will be both equally terrible. But, you do NOT have to support a terrible, hated candidate. This election is like nothing we have seen before. Both parties are in major trouble, with at least one possibly dying. Give Gary Johnson a chance, and if given said chance and elected, I believe you’ll like the results.