Third Party Candidates 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not the only candidates running this November. But who are the other candidates and why should we consider voting for them?

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New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running on the Libertarian ticket. He is currently polling around 8% nationally. The Green Party candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, is polling at about 4%. Those numbers are actually impressive compared to previous national elections, which illustrates the fact that Americans and not impressed with the major party nominees. Neither of these people, nor any of the other dozen candidates whose name will appear on the ballot, will ever be elected president. You are entitled to vote your conscience, and more people will go rogue this year than ever before, but at the end of the day it will be either Trump or Hillary that gets elected.

The Republican Party has gone into full meltdown over Trump getting the nomination. Former Republican presidents were noticeably missing at the convention and GOP members continue speaking out on what seems like a daily basis. Here’s the truth from a purely pragmatic point of view: Democrats will vote for Hillary Clinton. Republicans will divide their vote between the Donald, vote for another candidate, or simply not cast a vote for president. The result will be Hillary Clinton gets elected.

I know plenty of people, and I mean Republicans and political conservatives, that don’t want to vote for Trump. I get that. Plenty of Americans will not be casting a ballot that probably thought that would never happen. But for me it all comes down to one question: Do you want Hillary to win? My conscience does not allow me to acquiesce to that. Your options, like it or not, is to let her have it or oppose her. Not voting will allow her to win. Voting for Johnson, Stein or Captain Kangaroo will allow her to win. And whether you vote your conscience, abstain from voting, or write in Jeb Bush, we will all be living together in Hillary’s America. She will select a cabinet, she will make appointments to the Supreme Court, etc. 

There will be three presidential candidate debates. Right now it looks like Trump and Clinton will be the only two on the state. Watch the debates. Listen to the claims and then do your own research. My advice is to find something about Trump you like. If Hillary wins I want to be able to say I did everything in my power to prevent that. And that includes encouraging people to vote Trump, whether I like it or not.

These are my opinions and I’m entitled to them. You can disagree with me in the comments if you so choose, but before you do know that I have already decided your wrong. If you want to push a third party candidate, you need to write a blog post. 


About Clark Bunch

Pastor (Unity Baptist) author (God is Near) husband, father, blogger, coffee enthusiast.
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