I told a friend this, yesterday, and I feel like I need to put it down more permanently to share it with others.
This election has pulled out the decades-old lie that if you don't vote for one of the two major parties, then your vote is a waste and is like a vote for the "other" party (insert whichever party is "other" to you). Basically, I'm being told that if I don't vote for Trump because he's a Republican, then my vote is a vote for Clinton and the Democrats (and I'm somehow, then, akin to all that's wrong in the political world).
What a bunch of hogwash.
My vote is important. People have died (literally) for my right to vote. It is precious and good and I don't ever waste it. Ever.
I have a huge responsibility to my children to vote for good and right. I have an obligation to myself to vote for good and right! I need to vote for someone (or policies or laws) that I believe are important, good, and right.
When I see two evils before me, I will not vote for the "lesser" of the two evils, because there is no such thing. If they are both evil, how is one lesser? Why should I have to comb through every policy, personality quirk, past offenses, and policy votes in order to sift out the "lesser" part? It doesn't matter how much poop was baked into the brownies, people. There's still poop! Everywhere, the poop! (GROSS!) Why in the world would I want to vote for either one? I would be lying to myself and everyone around me. I cannot vote for someone I will never be able to support!
I am voting third party because I know it's the right thing to do. I'm choosing to vote for someone I believe would be the best leader of this country. I'm voting for someone I can proudly support in years to come.
Will the person I vote for win? Probably not. In fact, I can almost guarantee they won't win. But that's the whole point --I'm voting for someone I can believe in, regardless of the outcome.
You want to know what's a waste of a vote? Someone voting for someone they absolutely hate because they feel bullied into doing it by a political party, societal pressure, or ignorant family/friends. That's a waste! It's the worst kind of voting because it means the voter has been bought and coerced.
Don't let yourself be bullied or bought into voting for someone or something that makes your skin crawl. Don't vote for someone or something that scares you just because of the lie you've been told all your life that your vote only matters if your political party wins.
If enough Americans choose to vote third party this year, it will mean good things for us in four years and eight years. It could change everything about our political system --it could actually mean more freedom of choice in the future. It could mean cleaning up the political entrenchment and scandal. It could mean finally getting leaders we want to lead us, not the only ones we have left because of all the corruption.
Vote your conscience. Vote your voice! Vote for the good and the right, and then even if they don't win the general election, you can at least live with yourself and your choice. Then you can proudly tell your children and grandchildren that you were never forced to vote a way you didn't believe, and you stood up for the reason our country exists in the first place: the freedom to choose!!
Here are the third party candidates. Go educate yourself about them and choose which one you like the best. And then go vote for them! Send a message to our two evils that you will not stand for it, anymore:
*Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn: Independent (conservative)
Gary Johnson and Bill Weld: Libertarian Party
Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka: Green Party
Chris Keniston: Veterans Party
Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley: Constitution Party
*I'm voting for McMullin!!!
P.S. Even prophets say we need to vote for good candidates, regardless of political party. Go here!