I am not a person who will tell you that voting for a third-party candidate is wasting your ballot. I have voted for third-party candidates in the past. However, I voted for the third-party because they were more attuned to my politics and views than the major parties.
I never voted third-party simply because I didn’t like the two major candidates. Even if I don’t like the two major candidates, I will look at their policies and decide which one is most suited to my views and which one is more qualified for the position.
If you are looking to vote for a third-party candidate, I would suggest you consider what their policies are and how closely they match your views. This year there are three third-party candidates. Only one is going to be on 50 states ballots. That candidate is Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party.
I have read a lot about millennials looking to Gary Johnson instead of Hillary Clinton. But, I am not sure they really understand where Johnson stands on the issues they are most interested in. Therefore, let me put them in perspective.
One topic I keep hearing they are interested in is “debt free” college education. Under a Gary Johnson administration that will never happen. Gary Johnson wants to cut the education budgets and not increase them. He has no plans to help low-income students in attaining college tuition.
In comparison, Hillary Clinton is talking about college being free for students who come from families who make less than $150,000 per year. Johnson calls that plan “a handout to people who don’t want to work for themselves.” So, if you are looking to go to college and graduate without having a huge student debt, Johnson is not your candidate.
Topic two that they are interested in is income inequality. Under Gary Johnson, income tax would be eliminated and corporate taxes would be all but eliminated. Revenue to the Federal Government would come close to zero. There will be no money for education, infrastructure, or health care. He wants to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Unemployment Insurance. He says they are not covered in the Constitution and therefore all illegal.
He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act which means people cannot carry their children until they are 26 years old anymore. Meaning the uninsured rates will climb drastically.
In the meantime, the rich will get much richer since they won’t be paying any taxes. He also believes that the minimum wage should be eliminated saying that businesses should set the pay grades. Meaning we will go back to 1899 in terms of wages and income inequality which was even worse than it is today.
Another item that is big with them is climate change. According to Gary Johnson we should eliminate all current EPA regulations protecting our environment. We should allow people to do what they will and if someone decides that is harming the environment they should simply sue the polluter to get damages. Under his plan lawyers will make a killing all the while the pollution will be killing us.
When asked if he believed climate change is real, he said “probably”. When asked if it was being caused by man, he said “probably”. The real eye popper was when he said that we don’t need to worry too much about climate change “because the sun is eventually going to blow up”.
These are just a few things that Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party wants America to become. They like to say they support “personal freedoms” when actually they are a very “business friendly” party. Their whole platform is based on “business knows what is best”.
Of course there is the “Aleppo” moment and his not being able to name a single foreign leader. That is because the Libertarian Party is also an isolationist party. They don’t believe in globalization. They are only interested in what happens inside our borders. That is very dangerous in today’s world.
The Libertarian Party is the perfect example of the “Party Of Heads In The Sand”. I cannot speak for you, but all of this tells me that Gary Johnson is not a viable choice in this or any other election.
My advice to anyone thinking of voting third-party is to really look at the platforms and see what they really stand for. Otherwise, you will be voting for someone who should not be President and won’t even know it.
I cast my first vote in 1972. Since that time I have come to the realization that there is no such thing as a perfect candidate. Candidates are all people which means they all have faults. It also means some people are much more qualified for positions than others.
This year, with all of her faults, the best candidate, the most qualified candidate, and the one whose policies more closely match my personal views is Hillary Clinton. If you believe in moving into the future and not backwards in time, then she is your candidate too.
It is your choice. I hope you realize there is not a third-party candidate that is better than the major party candidates. In my view Gary Johnson may be better than Donald Trump, but not by much. But, neither is qualified to be President.