Two candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, have dominated the political discussion for the last few months, but those aren’t the only two names on the ballot.
Gary Johnson, the libertarian third party candidate, is polling at 7 percent, which is enough to get on the presidential ballot for all 50 states come Nov. 6.
History isn’t on Johsnon’s side, as Abraham Lincoln, representing the Republican Party, was the only third party candidate ever elected in this nation’s history.
Most voters seem to dismiss Johnson, saying that voting for him is a waste of a vote, because of how slim his chances are of winning.
Voters even go as far as to say that they believe in Johnson and his platform, but still refuse to vote for him simply because of his third party affiliation.
Johnson even passionately stated that he’s “asking everyone nationwide to ‘waste’ (their) vote on (him).”
The phrase that voters often use when explaining why they vote between the Democratic and Republican candidates is that they are choosing “between the lesser of two evils.”
The mindset of choosing between two “evils” is a dangerous problem in politics.
Instead of voting for platforms and policies they believe in, people elect to instead compromise on their values and their beliefs just because they believe that their vote would otherwise make no difference.
However, voting for Gary Johnson is an option that deserves to be considered by
Even if Johnson can’t win this election, he can get enough votes to catch the attention of lawmakers, who may end up adopting some of his more popular views.
So, when Nov. 6 rolls around, just remember that “wasting” a vote on platforms you believe in can cause some significant changes down the line, even if they’re not immediately seen.