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Should We Vote for Third Parties?

August 6, 2012
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Many of us aren’t happy with the two political parties we have in the USA. It isn’t entirely obvious when we should vote for a “third party” for the presidency? Consider the following:

  1. Voting for the Democratic party is likely to be the “lesser of two evils.” That does make a difference, even though we might not actually make progress. A Democratic rule could continue to lead us down the wrong path, even though it might be someone less horrible. Politics used to be about doing what the wealthy want, but also doing a little for the middle class and the poor. Now only one party is willing to do much of anything for the middle class or poor. And the system is so unfair and broken that being poor is rarely if ever a choice. Hard workers can be poor.
  2. Both parties support corporate welfare. They are both funded by corporations and have to return the favor to corporations to continue to get funding. They can’t properly represent the middle class or poor until the whole system is changed.
  3. There are third parties that are against corporate welfare, our endless wars, torture, and so on.
  4. The system is becoming intolerably horrible. Many companies are “too big to fail” and can severely damage our economy, and no one goes to jail for being involved in many of the most egregious crimes. If we could ever have a revolution by voting a third party, then it’s coming soon. If voting for a third party will ever make a difference, then now is as good of a time as any.
  5. Voting for a third party is very unlikely to get a third party elected to the presidency. However, they need not do that to have a desirable impact. If enough people vote for a third party, then the main parties could fight harder to get our votes and do more to represent the middle class and poor rather than less. (Also go here for more information.)
  6. If you don’t live in a “swing state,” then it seems like an even better idea to vote for a third party because you probably know who will win anyway. If a non-swing state votes heavily for a third party and that makes a difference to the election, then that sends a very strong message.
  7. If you don’t vote, then a vote for a third party would be a welcome alternative. If that will motivate you to vote, then perhaps you (and many others) can help make a big difference to our system.
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