Notice It’s Never Our Year?

“Please, no third party candidates!”

“Please, no third party candidates!”

More predictable than new sexual assault allegations against top tier candidates, this inevitable slogan echos through the public square each election cycle.

The stakes are always too high, the other side more conspicuously evil. You’re wasting your vote, you’re giving it to the opposite team of whatever the person saying this is, you’ve got no chance of winning. (You’d think they could at least come up with new talking points).

Honestly, enough with these people. It’s time to shout them down and write them off.

The two-party system is terrible and increasingly fringe. If you haven’t noticed that by now you should probably hold off on telling other people how to vote.

Few Americans are as far-left or far-right as the Democrats and Republicans at this point, which probably tells you why so many Americans stopped bothering to vote.

Additionally, both parties are largely in favor of policies that the majority of Americans detest: endless wars, violations of civil liberties, the surveillance state, spending our tax dollars on special interests and corporate welfare, spending us into oblivion in general, and regulations that make it increasingly difficult for Americans to simply work and pay their bills.

I can’t take anyone seriously who gets exercised over the thought of a third party candidate acting as spoiler at this point. What’s there to spoil? We’re left with rotting eggs either way.

And all of this is by design. We didn’t get locked into a two-party, lose-lose race each election by accident. Rather, the two major parties have passed endless laws that make it difficult for third party candidates and independents to get on ballots or join debate stages. This is the true voter disenfranchisement that has been blatantly occurring for decades.

I don’t believe in voting against candidates. I’m only interested in supporting politicians who are committed to limiting government, fiscal conservatism, and protecting individual liberty. That’s it. If you want my vote, you’d better nominate someone who can earn it.

I’m tired of people who insist that a third party vote is a vote for whichever party they dislike more. No, a vote for a third party candidate is a vote for that candidate alone. When you tell people this all you’re saying is that you don’t respect their views at all, but also think you are entitled to their vote. Gross.

Additionally, the notion that this isn’t the year is worn out. We have to start fighting back against the two party system, and more importantly, against both sides’ consistent momentum towards socialism and big government. It’s imperative we start now. Kicking the can down the road is no longer an option.

Every vote for a third party candidate increases our ability to break the stronghold of the two parties. Each vote moves us closer to ballot access and debate stages. Each vote conveys a protest to the positions of the current parties. Each vote spreads the message that the people are going to fight back and demand something different.

I suggest that voting for candidates who don’t respect the constitution, don’t uphold liberty, and/or who are marred by credible sexual assault allegations is the actual wasted vote.

Will we win this year? I don’t know, crazier things have happened. But is it the year to start fighting back? There’s never been a better year.

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Hannah Cox
Hannah Cox
Hannah Cox is a libertarian-conservative writer and co-founder of BASEDPolitics. She's also the host of the BASEDPolitics podcast and an experienced political activist.