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Fun Fact: Why do we vote on Tuesdays? Well in 1845 when Election Day was established, many of the American people were farmers. These farmers of course lived far away from the city with only horse drawn vehicles to travel. It took many farmers a full day of travel to get to the county seat in order to vote. So the US saw it appropriate that the biblical sabbath be respected, a day of travel be given to all citizens and still allow the farmers to get back for Farmers Market day (held on Wednesdays). This is why we vote on a Tuesday every year.
Okay can I complain for a minute? The election. I’m not going to tell you which of the two I prefer because in all honesty, I prefer neither. And I won’t be attempting to sway your vote in any direction. I’m simply going to shoot down a few naysayers. I will be voting third party. I overheard someone yesterday say, “A third party vote is a wasted vote.” I’m sick and tired of people saying that. The three most American things one could possibly do are vote, protest and drunkenly eat a hotdog at a NASCAR event whilst sporting American flag Chubbies. One of the greatest ideals that the US has upheld for centuries is the fact that it’s citizens have a say in who leads the country. How insensitive would one have to be to tell a fellow citizen that their vote will mean nothing. Which brings me to my next point.
Yes, the libertarian and green parties have absolutely no chance of winning. So why, in an election in which we must choose the lesser of two evils, would someone not take up arms against the greater evil with everyone else? I’m glad you asked. It’s because we shouldn’t have to choose between two evils. Voting is about choosing your favorite candidate, not choosing which candidate will kill us slower. For those that are voting third party, it’s no longer about winning or losing, that ship has sailed. It’s about making a statement. It’s about sending a message to the country saying, “Our polarized political system is not enough to meet our needs and I refuse to vote for the two people that the government says are my only options.” It’s about demanding change. We are using our vote as a voice by which we can convey an ideal that we think is more important than choosing between the lesser of two evils.
It also makes me mad that the third party candidates don’t even have the same opportunities to be heard that the chosen republican and democrats have. And I’m not talking advertising or rally funds. I’m referring to the debates, even the primary debates.
A USA Today poll conducted August 26th of this year shows that 76% of citizens believe that third party candidates should be allowed to participate in the debates, and yet are not put on the stand. This is because The Commission on Presidential Debates makes the rules of the game. The Commission is co-headed by the former president of the National Republican Committee, Frank Fahrenkopf, and former Clinton Press Secretary Michael D McCurry, an active leader of the National Democratic Committee. So of course they want to keep a third party candidate off the ticket, it would take away their voters. That being said, if a third party candidate averages 15% in the primary polls then the Committee is legally required to let the additional candidate participate. Unfortunately, the third party candidates did not make the cut this election. Most likely due to the fact that they didn’t get the publicity from the primaries because they weren’t allowed to participate in those either. The whole electoral system is unfairly programmed to shutout other opinions, and it’s not fair to the American people. Long ago, we saw more diversity with our candidates and parties. There was the Federalist Party, the Democratic-republican party, The Whig Party, The Liberty Party, The Free Soil Party, The American Party, The Republican Party, The Liberal Republican Party, The Populist party, I could go all day. These outsider parties actually had a chance and WON! Granted, most of these political platforms are horribly outdated. What I’m saying is that the turn of each power from party to party came with a certain amount of growth that made the nation what it is today. Unfortunately, The Committee has figured out a way to fix that.
Anyway, I’m sorry I got off track. A vote for a third party is not a wasted vote. A vote is also a voice and anyone that tries to tell you that you’re doing the country a disservice by voting third party clearly doesn’t understand the importance of the right.
Challenge of the Day: if you’re not registered, GO REGISTER TO VOTE. Come back to me and tell me if you’re registered or not, or if you did it today. Seriously, just google “register to vote,” and you can do it in under 2 minutes online. There’s even a way to register via text message.
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Have a wonderful day.
Written by Caleb Gibbons