Understand this…. The upcoming election is NOT Let’s Make A Deal. There is no door number 3 in this election. There are only two sides to that coin. For better or for worse, whether it is fair or unfair, the fact of the matter at this point in time is that this country has a 2-Party election system, and one of the candidates from those two main Parties (in this case, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton) will become President of the United States. You may not like that, and you can try and change that, but if you do not believe that, then you are living in denial and you should probably not read the remainder of this post. Third Party candidates, such as the Green Party and Libertarian candidates may occasionally win at lower levels of government, such as state and local government, but they rarely if ever win at the federal level. There are Independents in Congress, but even Bernie Sanders ran in the Democratic primary instead of running for President as an Independent. He knew he would have no chance as an Independent.
Third Party candidates in the Presidential race do nothing more than suck away votes from the major Party candidate whose supporters are similar to theirs. A Green candidate takes votes from the Democratic nominee, and a Libertarian candidate takes votes from the Republican nominee. This can actually play a major role in the loss of the election by the major Party candidate as it did for Al Gore in the 2000 election. Voters who vote third Party often say they are “voting their conscience” or “making a statement.” This would be a valid argument except for two facts. First, this country is pretty evenly divided making almost every election a very close one, and second the differences between the two major Parties are vast. The result is that, as a practical matter, a Green Party voter making a statement is really only moving the country AWAY from what they believe in, and the same would be true for a Libertarian voter.
So, the two-Party system is one aspect of the reality we are living in today. Another aspect is that who becomes President is decided by who gets the most votes. This, of course, does not happen directly, but indirectly through the Electoral College, and as we saw in the 2000 election, an extremely close election can be decided (stolen) by the court system, but in general, the voters decide.
The Constitution guarantees every American the right to vote. There are some exceptions to that, but they are not based on race, religion, level of affluence, or level of education. The right to vote is not the same as a requirement to vote – you also have the right to not vote. However, there is some logic behind the idea that voting is a duty and a responsibility. It is true however, that with the ownership and control over one vote in a Presidential election comes some responsibility for the outcome. Even if you refuse to vote or vote third-Party, you have a share in the responsibility for the outcome and some ownership in the America we have to live in because of that outcome. If you voted for Hillary or Trump and your candidate loss, then at least you tried by voting for someone who could have actually won.
The outcome of this election will determine what America we will all have to live in. A Trump America? A Hillary America? A Republican or Democrat America? If you think there is not much difference between the two major Parties, then you must have been living on Pluto all your life. There is a world of difference, and unless you are very wealthy or a big business executive, the GOP is your enemy. If you are concerned about anything other than making the wealthy richer while taking everything away from the Middle Class and the poor, then you should be voting Democrat. The Democrats are truly the Party of the people. They may not be extremely good at it, but at least they are not working against the people like the Republicans are. And Donald Trump is the worst candidate in history. He lies more, flips-flops more, and makes racist, bigoted, women-hating comments more than anyone. Trump, at one time or another, has said he wants to build a wall along our Southern border, deport all illegal immigrants, block all Muslims from entering the country, that Barack Obama is not really a US citizen, that he would like to punch someone right in the face, and that strong-arm dictatorial leaders like Putin are good leaders because they are “strong.” Trump is constantly making remarks and insinuations that are sexist, bigoted, racist, rude, condescending, and insulting. Trump has filed for bankruptcy several times, and scammed employees and customers on multiple occasions. He is an egomaniac and a self-centered chauvinist liar.
Is this who you want to be President? Do you want to live in a Trump America? Is the answer Hell No?? Then I urge you to try and understand that every vote not cast for Trump keeps him further from getting into the White House, BUT also every vote that is not cast for Hillary Clinton moves Trump closer to the White House. Your Constitutionally-given right to vote comes with the responsibility to take ownership of the impact of what you do with your vote. If you vote Green Party, or don’t vote at all, then if Trump wins, part of that is on you and part of what happens in a Trump America is on you! It may be a very small part (1 part out of millions?), but it does belong to you, and if there are enough of you out there doing this, it can actually become the deciding part.