Not a day goes by without hearing the news and radio bombard you with information on who to vote for, who to not vote for, and who is participating in unethical behavior. (Spoiler alert: every politician is.) Names like Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump are household names these days, and everyone from my grandparents to my 11 year old brother seem to have an opinion on them. But what about the other candidates? The ones that choose not to be slaves to the two party system, which has been proven time and time again to be flawed. Need proof? Here are some reasons:
- There are never just two sides to every issue.
- A two party system allows big companies and super PACs to essentially “buy out” candidates, or pay them into standing behind their cause.
- An “us vs. them” attitude ensues.
- There is no compromise, creating disagreements between congress and the president, therefore allowing us to get approximately nothing done.
- People tend to vote for the “lesser of two evils”.
Although I could talk about any one of these points, I feel the most strongly about the last one. I’ve heard so many times throughout this election that someone is choosing to vote for a candidate because they are the lesser of two evils. Another thing I’ve heard is that they’re voting for a candidate because they are loyal to one party or another. Or the worst excuse yet, that they’re not voting at all. Now, I’m not here to shove the idea down your throat that voting is your civil duty, because you can do whatever you want. But if you ever want to see change in your country, voting is the best and easiest thing to do. Don’t sit there and complain about politicians and policies when you’re not doing anything about it yourself. So I have decided to compile some information on three people that are running for president that aren’t slaves to this flawed two party system we have. Each one of them is running with a different, smaller political party. Maybe you’ll find someone to vote for that isn’t getting daily coverage on CNN and Fox News. Maybe enough people will vote for these candidates because they’re fed up with this ineffective system. Maybe someone will be elected into office that doesn’t have the last name of Trump or Clinton. But we won’t know until we educate ourselves and give it a shot.
Note: all information on the candidates was found on their campaign websites.
Green Party: Jill Stein
From: Lexington, MA
- Take action to halt climate change.
- Jobs are a right, and we need to find a livable wage for every working American.
- We must guarantee economic human rights for all Americans, including access to housing, utilities, food and water.
- Health care is a right, we must make improvements to the “Medicare for all” idea.
- We should invest in community health infrastructure, this can also be tied into the action to promote the decline of climate change.
- “Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university.”
- Freedom and equality for everyone, specifically working on gender, LGBTQ, and racial issues.
- Criminal justice reform.
- “Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, human rights, and nonviolent support for democratic movements around the world.”
Libertarian Party: Gary Johnson
From: Taos, NM
Profession: Businessman, CEO and founder of Big J Enterprises
- Referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, believes in balancing the military budget without cutting military spending and reforming entitlements.
- Advocates the elimination of tax subsidies.
- Believes there should be term limits for Senators and Representatives. Instead of becoming a career politician, Johnson argues that they should serve a “few years doing the job at hand, and then return to private life.”
- Promote entrepreneurship to create jobs instead of having the government create jobs.
- Limited government.
- Repair and reinforce relationships with strategic allies and “isolate and ultimately neuter those who would, if able, destroy the very liberties on which this nation is founded.”
Make it simpler and more efficient to enter the U.S. legally as an immigrant.
- Criminal justice reform.
- Believes that the Federal Government should not play a role in public education, but instead return the control to state and local levels.
Constitution Party: Darrell Castle
From: Germantown, TN
- It is essential to adhere to the Constitution, which details certain unalienable rights and the security of these rights.
- The United States should withdraw from the U.N., not to isolate ourselves, but to regain and guarantee our power as The Untied States of America.
- “End the Federal Reserve’s control of the United States’ monetary system by repealing the Federal Reserve Act. Interest rates would no longer be tampered with, as lenders and borrowers would set their own rates.”
- Withdraw federal government from planning development programs, sustain private property rights, and return local control to the people of each community.
- The only candidate that is 100% pro-life.
- Castle has also recorded over 600 episodes of The Castle Report, a news and commentary podcast that discusses national and world affairs.
In addition to these three candidates, who identify with one of many lesser-known political parties, there are also many candidates who are running independently. I encourage you to do a little research on a few of these people in order to be a truly educated voter and to actually take action in the change you want to see. Ultimately, it’s our decision who becomes the next President of the United States. We can choose to sit back and watch things fall into place, or we can take action.