By Kyle Phillips – 10/22/12.
Any political pundit you listen to, whether they be conservative or liberal (your only choices on TV and radio), will tell you the same thing when it comes to voting independent: you’re wasting your vote and helping the “other guy”.
Not only am I about to explain to you why this is the complete opposite of the truth, but also why this idea has been invented to keep the common man in his place. Let’s look at a hypothetical conversation between a conservative republican, who we will call ‘Ron’ and his friend ‘Jim’, the Libertarian.
Ron: So who are you going to vote for this election?
Jim: I’m voting for Gary Johnson, I really like his economic plan and his devotion to protecting civil liberties.
Ron: WHAT?! If you vote for Gary Johnson that’s one less vote for Mitt Romney and then Obama will win! Do you want 4 more years of Obama?
Jim: Well I don’t really like Mitt Romney, and I disagree with a lot of his ideas, but I guess I would rather have him than Obama
Ron: Gary Johnson didn’t have a chance anyways.
This conversation goes on all too frequently in the United States and allows bad politicians to continue winning elections. By voting for a candidate you don’t believe in just because the media tells you they are the only viable option, you are truly throwing away your vote. It would be like allowing a car salesman to sell you the Honda when there is a perfectly good Chevy in the back that he won’t make as much commission off of. Even if you truly feel that your candidate doesn’t have a chance, by giving them your vote you are sending a message to the 2 party dictatorship(Republicans and Democrats): that you refuse to order from the kids menu and that you will not play into their game. People give Ron Paul a lot of grief for not getting anything done in congress, but he has forced the Republican party to acknowledge his points and make an attempt at gaining the votes of his supporters. If we continue on in Ron Paul’s political footsteps, we will force the 2 parties to adapt or crumble in a non-violent and civilized way that I believe the founding fathers would applaud.
Before you go to the voting booth and check off the name of a candidate you don’t agree with, or don’t have a full understanding of, take a minute to watch these short clips from a few of the other candidate you may not have heard as much about.
These are just a few of the many people running for President of the United States in 2012. I hope this article has inspired you to go out there and find the candidate that fits your views best.